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From the Editor
Ian BrownAn Excellent AirVenture for Canadians!
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Well, it's here again. Much like the pilgrimage to Mecca, aficionados of general aviation will be making the trek to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for our annual get-together, EAA AirVenture. It promises to be a sensational event with such items of specific interest to Canadian visitors as a Theatre in the Woods appearance Tuesday night by Chris Hadfield, Canadian commander of the International Space Station and recent YouTube phenomenon. Read more >>



AirVenture 2013: It's All Here For You!
Only days remain until the kickoff, where each day at your annual convention and reunion is action-packed,
fun-filled, and an exhilarating experience leaving you with an unlimited supply of memories that keeps your
aviation spirit alive all year. So, if you haven't yet, get your tickets today!
Aviation Highlights
Defect Cards Aircraft Inspection Techniques - Part 6
By Bill Evans, President - EAA Chapter 266, EAA 794228

Drawing All the Details Together
Those who have followed this series through the first five parts have learned that aircraft inspection consists of hundreds - even thousands - of details. Read more >>

RV-9A Rebuild RV-9A Rebuild Update
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

While waiting for the major parts purchase from Van's Aircraft to arrive, it was important to focus on reducing the likelihood of the same accident happening again. You remember the sequence of events: long landing on grass braking, nose wheelpant breaking away at the same time the nose wheel dug in, and 40 yards later a prop strike and immediate flip-over. Read more >>

Sarnia Sabre Restoration Progress on the Sarnia Sabre Restoration Project
By Mark Seibutis, EAA 670580

It's been a few months since we announced our project to restore the venerable Canadair F86 Mk. 5 Sabre - Golden Hawk that has stood guard over the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Germain Park, Sarnia, Ontario. Now that crops are planted, weather has warmed, and equipment (crane) has become available, we're back at it. Read more >>

Green Taxi System The Green Taxi System
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

It was sometime in 2008 that my friend Ian Hatcher mentioned that he had been involved in a marketing team project to consider ways to reduce fuel costs when taxiing. He works for Honeywell, and the "more electric" concept was being fleshed out. Significant fuel savings can be obtained by reducing the weight of hydraulic systems and driving electric motors with the auxiliary power unit (APU) instead of the main engines. Read more >>
Electronics Corner
AirVenture App AirVenture - There's an App for That
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Once again there are iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire apps for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. As with previous versions, the new version is sponsored by Sporty's Pilot Shop and includes the grounds map, list of exhibitors, presentations schedule, and - new this year - locations of the food vendors as well as their menus. The 2013 app is available now in your device's app store. Read more >>
Builders Tip
Step Drills Step Drills
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159


You may have come across these drills already, and if so you probably love them like most people. If not, get one or two. Aircraft suppliers such as Van's and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty sell them, but I've also seen them at Canadian Tire.

These drills are ideally suited to thin sheets of metal or Plexiglas.
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Aviation Words
Total Block Fuel Consumption
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

In reading the information available about the electric green taxiing system, the author mentions 4 percent savings in "total block fuel consumption". It's unclear whether definitions like this are significant for GA, but digging into the term resulted in discovering the following information. Read more >>
From the Archives
From the Archives July 1963 - The 'Modern' Flying Fleas
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Fifty years ago this month an article appeared in Sport Aviation regarding the Flying Flea. It was written by Georges Jacquemin, EAA 3618, who was living in Streetsville, Ontario, at the time. Henri Mignet, designer of the Flying Flea (called Pou du Ciel, literally the "Sky Louse" in French), was somewhat of a rebel. Read more >>

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