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Vol. 6, No. 1 January 2013 EAA Forums   |   EAA Newsletters   |   Issue Archives   |   Contact
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Ian Brown FROM THE EDITOR: NEW YEAR, NEW SERIES - INSPECTION!
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159


This month we begin our series on inspection with our new contributor, Bill Evans. As you read last month, Bill is eminently qualified, being a private pilot, an aircraft builder, and a retired professional in the aircraft inspection business. Last month he gave an overview of his ideas about the inspection process, and this month he digs deeper into the actual principles of inspecting an aircraft. There is enough material that he will cover this topic in two articles, Part 2 to be published next month.
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TCM fuel pump AIRCRAFT INSPECTION TECHNIQUES FOR HOMEBUILDERS -
PART 1

By Bill Evans, President - EAA Chapter 266, EAA 794228


We chose to do this part now because, in a sense, the rest can be bought or learned; attitude cannot. One of the most helpful things we learn is that inspectors are really suspectors. You suspect everything. Nothing is okay until proven to be okay. Read more

Test Flight Card TEST FLIGHT: POWER-OFF STALLS
By Jack Dueck, Chairman – EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912


There are a number of information packets and procedural outlines available for this test flight. An excellent reference is FAA Advisory Circular 90-89A, Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook. Play it safe. Check out the information regarding the safe way to approach and conduct this test. Go from the known to the unknown slowly and follow your flight-test plan. If you are at all uncomfortable with the inherent risk of a spin resulting from this flight test, consider having an experienced test pilot perform it for you. Read more

Santa Visit SANTA PAYS SPECIAL VISIT TO LYNCREST
By Jill Oakes, EAA 626188, member Winnipeg EAA Chapter 63, Regional Director for RAA

It truly was a most amazing experience - none of us had ever seen so many children and adults absolutely quiet - listening to Santa's ho ho ho's as he landed! Read more

Flightcom 403 ELECTRONICS CORNER - FLIGHTCOM 403 INTERCOM
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

The Flightcom 403 panel-mounted intercom is compact and relatively easy to install. It ships with a choice of switch panels so that you can decide how you want to orient it for your specific application. Included in the installation kit are sufficient headphone jacks for six stations, so if you're building a two-seater you will have lots of spare jacks. There is also a light-sport option, which is the same product but kitted for two-place aircraft. It's perhaps the better choice for the amateur construction market, although it wasn't available when the author bought his. An online search shows the best price for the two-place LSA version at $189, and $240 for the six-place kit. Read more

Superglue BUILDERS' TIP: SUPERGLUE AND BAKING SODA
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We're all familiar with superglue, which is chiefly composed of cyanoacrylate. You probably know that it sets in the presence of moisture. Typically there is a small amount of humidity on the surfaces to be glued, and it sets from the outside in. If you've ever tried to use it on nonsmooth surfaces, you will have noticed that it doesn't do so well. This is mainly because the inside of the bead of glue doesn't get the humidity immediately. Read more

Orographic cloudsAVIATION WORDS: WORD OF THE MONTH - OROGRAPHIC

Even though you might not fly in mountainous areas often, it’s worth remembering that even small mountains or hills produce unique weather patterns. Glider pilots love this effect, but if we don’t keep in mind the big picture we can run into trouble with orographic uplift or downdraft.
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From the Archive FROM THE ARCHIVES: JANUARY 1963 - A CELEBRATION OF EAA'S FIRST MEETING AND A CANADIAN TIGER MOTH RESTORATION
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

In Paul Poberezny's Homebuilder's Corner from the January 1963 issue of Sport Aviation, he stresses that it was already 10 years since the foundation of the EAA. In fact it was January 26, 1953. This month, EAA celebrates 60 years since that first meeting. Read the full text

There was also an account of a restoration of a Canadian-registered Tiger Moth - the famed de Havilland DH-82A - on page 21 of the same issue. The identification mark CF-CTN was photographed in 2009 in Guelph, Ontario, so it appears to be still flying. The restoration in 1963 was carried out by Walter Huron, EAA 5933, from Whitby, Ontario. Tiger Moths were built and used in England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, plus some 200 were used in the U.S. Army Air Forces where they were designated as the PT-24 primary trainer.

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