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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 5, No. 2 MARCH 2012

FROM THE EDITOR
The weather has been unkind to ski resort operators this winter, but very favourable for some flying, with frequent mild temperatures and rain clearing off the runways and parked aircraft, at least in some parts of the country.

As we mentioned in the last issue, we also have our brand-new EAA - Canada Facebook page. Don't forget to "like" us if you appreciate the service. Getting your feedback, however modest, lets us know what you're reading and provides us with comments on the content. Read more

Ian Brown
ELECTRONICS CORNER - AEROWEATHER FOR THE IPHONE
Last month we talked about the app CoPilot, mentioning its automatic weather-updating capability and that it will automatically update your flight plan with wind speeds and directions aloft at your planned altitudes. This month we discuss a handy app that will search the Internet for weather reports at any chosen airports. Read more AeroWeather
Tanis Aircraft
BURLINGTON EXECUTIVE AIRPORT UPGRADES AND EXPANSION
By Doug Martin, EAA 657164, for Bits and Pieces
At a time when many small airports are struggling for survival, it's refreshing to see investments being made to upgrade one, particularly when that airport is convenient to Toronto. Population encroachment often creates pressure to close small airports like this in urban areas. Read more New Burlington Runway 27
HOW TO EXTEND THE FLYING SEASON - AN RV-8 ON PENETRATION SKIS!
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA Vice President of Operations
I started putting skis on my first Canadian kit plane back in the 1980s - a twin-engine 5.5 hp Lazair aircraft - before the word ultra-light existed and before Transport Canada required an ultra-light airplane registration or a pilot permit to fly them. I would ask a former instructor colleague from Richel'Air flying school, now working as inspector for Transport Canada, what was required to fly my Lazairs. I purchased two kits - s/n 10 & 11. My colleagues would respond "Get away from me, you're crazy flying that Saran Wrap airplane!" I was often referred to as the ''Saran Wrap' pilot," I put letters on the inverted V tail plane of my Lazairs "PAT1 & PAT2". Read more RV-8 Penetration Skis
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE WITH COMPLETE LOSS OF PITOT STATIC?
In the middle of our warm dry summer I took off one day with my usual "let her fly off" technique, and everything looked normal until I looked to check my altitude and airspeed. Neither my Dynon EFIS nor my analogue gauges were reporting airspeed, and my altitude was stuck at the airport elevation. I immediately set engine, flaps, and trim for what I would do normally: full engine power, retract flaps, turn crosswind, and trim for modest climb. I made the radio call on initial climb, guessing at altitude, and noted that all gauges needing pitot static for reference were dead, including my transponder. Read more C-GOHM
LOGBOOK REQUIREMENTS FOR CANADIAN AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT
CAR 605.92 states that every owner of an aircraft shall keep a journey log in respect of the aircraft. It further states that, in cases of a balloon or a glider, or an aircraft operated under a special certificate of airworthiness in owner maintenance and amateur-built classification, all entries with respect to technical records of the airframe, engine(s), and variable-pitch propeller may be kept in the journey log, i.e., separate technical logs are not required. Read more
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Chapter 65 Fly-In: Sport Aviation, January 1964
In this month's "From the Archives," enjoy a description and several photos of the third annual EAA Chapter 65 Fly-In held sometime in 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario (exact date not provided). A sampling of the event's description: "A most impressive demonstration was given by Joe Breeders in his 65 hp 'Tempete.' Unfortunately, due to mechanical difficulties earlier in the day, Joe arrived late in the afternoon, and many people who had left earlier missed it. The ground effects machine was exhibited by the students of the Hamilton Institute of Technology, and was powered by a Volkswagen engine. It was operated several times, and created much interest and comment."
See the article.
From the Archive
AVIATION WORDS
Word of the Month: Oshkosh! (Why not?)
Well, yes, it is an interesting word in its own right. A famous clothing supplier was founded there, my kids were wearing OshKosh B'gosh outfits when they were small, and we lived in the town of Pewaukee, about an hour south of EAA HQ. From a dictionary of Wisconsin place names, we learn the following about how the name came about. Read more
AEA Aileron
MULTIMEDIA
Here's some interesting footage we came across recently, billed as "some behind the scenes 8mm film shot in 1968 by an observer during the filming of the feature film, Battle of Britain. The filming was done at RAF Duxford, RAF North Weald, San Sebastian, and Seville and includes shots of Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmitt ME109's and  Heinkel Bombers (from the Spanish Air Force). We hope you enjoy it! Watch the video. Multimedia
WEBINARS
Upcoming EAA webinars of interest include one that looks at stalls and spins. Rich Stowell dispels a "dirty dozen" of common myths that unfortunately continue to be perpetuated during flight training. Do slow speeds really lead to stalling? Are slips really as dangerous as skids? Get the facts on these and more.

Learn more and register for these great programs at the links above,

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. To find out more about upcoming EAA webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

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