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Ian BrownOshkosh 2013 - What Else?
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh countdown clock has been reset for the 2014 countdown. How was your Oshkosh experience? Did you make it? Did you have to stay home and surf the webcams and news sites? Read more >>



Aviation Highlights
AirVenture Canadian Tent AirVenture Canadian Tent a Huge Success
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

After our first year with our own tent and forum space, we are pleased to be able to report that it was everything we had hoped for. The forums were well attended - as strong as the other forums in the plaza. Lots of folks turned out for the ice cream social (until the weather threatened to blow us over). Everyone evacuated quickly to more substantial buildings; but then the storm parted and the Oshkosh magic worked its charm once again. Read more >>

Airventure 2013 Arguably the Best Oshkosh Ever!
By Jack Dueck, Chairman - EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912

As I write this it's Sunday, August 4, and I'm looking back on the week that was EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. I must say that this has been the "best of the best" in my 33 years of attendance.

The week started out chilly with temperatures around 55°F at night, warming up to about 65°F during the day. To some this was dubbed "Frostkosh"! Even us hearty Canadians wore long pants! Read more >>

The Oshkosh Irregulars The Oshkosh Irregulars: A Quirky Group
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

So once again, we were called like lemmings to the greatest aviation event in the world. Having been transported to Green Bay by very good friends, Michel and Judy Thibaudeau, in their A36 Bonanza and dropped off in Camp Scholler, all that remained was to find ourselves a camping spot. Read more >>

Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield Sees Flights to Mars in Our Future
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

At a packed Theatre in the Woods presentation Tuesday night at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, we were presented with an event that was rare even in the context of Oshkosh. Four "generations" of astronauts were interviewed by David Hartman, actor and ex-host of Good Morning America. Read more >>

4,000 Nautical Mile Adventure 4,000-Nautical-Mile Adventure in an RV-7A
By David G. Lamb, EAA 1087854

Even before we finished the construction of our Van's Aircraft RV-7A, my wife and I had talked of taking long trips in our own plane. We made it from our home in Saskatchewan to Vancouver Island, then the Air Cadet League of Canada, where I am a director, provided another opportunity. The organization planned its Annual General Meeting for Prince Edward Island in June, and it was the perfect opportunity to fly to the East Coast. Read more >>

DC-3 DC-3 Lands at Short Strip in St-Mathias sur Richelieu
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Aviation BL in St. Mathias, Quebec, had an interesting visitor recently. Yvon Guertin sent in some photos of a DC-3 dressed in Normandy Invasion stripes. Actually the military version, with a larger cargo door and reinforced floor, was designated as a C-47. It had landed at BL for some propeller work. The strip at St. Mathias is only 32 feet wide and 2,000 feet long. A thousand feet past the end of the runway flows the Richelieu River. Read more >>

MakerPlane MakerPlane: An Open Source, 3D-Printed Plane Hopes to Fly by 2015!
By J. Davis, EAA 588164

"The mission of MakerPlane is to create innovative and game-changing aircraft, avionics and related systems, and the transformational manufacturing processes to build them. As a result of this aim, aircraft can be built with consistent, repeatable, and highly accurate processes which create safer flying at lower cost." Read more >>

Bush Caddy Bush Caddy Teams Up with Italian Engine Manufacturer
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

After a five-year hiatus, Canadian kit manufacturer Bush Caddy was back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Three years ago the company was purchased by an Australian named Tony Watkin, and he relocated the company from LaChute, Quebec, to CYCC, Cornwall, Ontario. Read more >>

Homebuilt Safety
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

The following advice was received in an e-mail and will be paraphrased here:
  • MD-RA inspectors apply the minister's standards and regulations based fundamentally on your safety. Don't ignore this in the rush to get flying.
  • Educate yourself on the regulations and learn about why they were made.
  • Respect your MD-RA representative and use his special expertise to your best advantage. He may save your life.
  • If your inspector asks you to change something on your homebuilt, take the opportunity to understand why, without being combative. You might learn something.
  • If in doubt about acceptable methods, consult FAA Advisory Circular 43-13-1B.
Remember, safety in a homebuilt aircraft starts the day you start building. It never stops. (Based on advice from Al Mahon, Manager, MD-RA)
Electronics Corner
Avare Aviation Maps Avare Aviation Maps
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Avare (pronounced like aware) is an extremely functional moving map GPS aviation program for the Android family of tablets and phones. It is completely free. If you have been frustrated by reports of all of the aviation apps available for Apple products because you have an Android operating system, this one is for you. It has a very user-friendly human interface with many intuitive functions such as long-pressing to get more information. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Recycle
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We don't all fly with transponders, but those of us who do find them invaluable on longer flights where we can get flight following. We're all into recycling these days, but if ATC asks you to "recycle your transponder", they aren't asking you to rip it out and put it in the blue bin. So what are they looking for? Well, they are asking for your help in diagnosing a problem. Most of the time it's because they do not see your Mode C readout. Read more >>
From the Archives
August 1963: The Homebuilder Goes Shopping
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We normally try to pull out some Canadian content for the issue from 50 years ago this month, but this piece of advice just jumped out at me from an article about "shopping". The sentence that caught my eye said, "Firstly, if your intent is the economical acquisition of an airplane, forget the do-it-yourself route. A respectable used ship can probably be acquired for less than the cost of the materials alone for a homebuilt." Read more >>

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