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From the Editor
Ian BrownAirport Cars, Human-Powered Helicopters, and Restoring a Golden Hawk
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We had the pleasure of interviewing two Canadian stars of aviation this month. Pete McLeod, Canadian Red Bull air racer, and Cameron Robertson, who with Todd Reichert led a team of engineers and friends to build the winner of the Sikorsky Prize. You may have heard that this was the first human-powered helicopter capable of climbing to 3 metres and sustaining flight for 60 seconds while remaining within a 10-metre square box. Cameron was a fascinating person to interview, and you will almost certainly be curious to read what it took to design and build this marvelous machine. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Sabre Community Pulling Together on Sarnia F-86 Sabre Restoration Project
By Mark Sebuitis, EAA 670580

Since our last update, more local businesses have come aboard to assist with the project of restoring a Canadair F86 Mk. 5 Sabre - Golden Hawk. We've had generous donations of equipment, materials, discounts, and labour. The F86 stood guard over the RCAFA memorial in Sarnia's Germain Park for many years. Read more >>

Sikorsky How They Did It: Toronto's Sikorsky Prize-Winners
By Cameron Robertson, MASc, P. Eng, AeroVelo

Editor's note: The American Helicopter Society declared Canada's AeroVelo the winner of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition in July after verifying its flight data from June 13, 2013. AeroVelo satisfied the three requirements put forth by the AHS Human-Powered Helicopter Committee: Flight of at least 60 seconds in duration, exceeding 3 metres in altitude, and remaining within a 10m x 10m box. The following is a project description provided exclusively to Bits and Pieces by AeroVelo's Cameron Robertson. Read more >>

RV-9 RV-9A Rebuild: Nearly Complete (With a Lot of Help)
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

After six months of reconstruction of my RV-9A post-flip-over, the good news is that most of the problems are solved. It didn't go as fast as I would have liked, but I'm happy to look forward to flying next season. Read more >>

Red Bull Air Races Red Bull Air Races Are Back!
Comments from our own Pete McLeod, Red Bull Air Races pilot

Canadian Red Bull air racer Pete McLeod of London, Ontario, provided some personal insights about the news that the races will resume in 2014 with a seven-race circuit. The race format is slightly different, with higher pylons made of a material that is easier to break with a passing wing, and locations on speedways rather than over water. There will also be a rule requiring pilots to use the same standard engine and prop combination. Read more >>

Junior Ace, Baby Ace Junior Ace, Baby Ace Qualify as Basic Ultra-lights
Ace Aircraft Inc. of Toccoa, Georgia, announced on October 3 that the two-place Junior Ace Model E and the single-place Baby Ace Model D can be licensed as basic ultra-light aircraft under Transport Canada's Ultra-light Aeroplane Transition Strategy, Section 2.1.

A basic ultra-light is defined as "an aeroplane having no more than two seats, designed and manufactured to have a maximum take-off weight of 544 kilograms (1,200 pounds) and a stall speed in the landing configuration (Vso) of 39 knots (45 mph) or less indicated airspeed at the maximum take-off weight." If built according to the plans, the Junior Ace Model E and the Baby Ace Model D both meet these requirements.

For more information about the Junior Ace Model E or the Baby Ace Model D, please contact Ace Aircraft Inc. at 706-886-6341 or via e-mail.

Importing an 'Experimental' Aircraft to Canada from the U.S.
By Allan Mahon, General Manager, MD-RA

Importing a foreign amateur-built aircraft has been permitted for the past several years. MD-RA was awarded this function by the Minister. Our website has all airworthiness-related information listed in the section "Import Procedure."

As far as taxes, each province has specific percentage values they require. For example, Ontario requires 13 percent HST to be remitted based on the sale price of the aircraft. You would need to contact your specific provincial tax office for exact values.

Read this document relating to importation of U.S. amateur-built aircraft into Canada. Note that the aircraft must have flown at least 100 hours in the United States before importation, and have gone through an annual inspection prior to the submission.

Airport Cars in Canada
By Cheryl Marek, EAA 858935

Bits and Pieces readers are invited to submit Canadian airport cars that they know about, or even an article on a specific experience. Borrowing a vehicle at a destination airport is a secret that people outside of general aviation probably just wouldn't get. It's to our benefit to encourage the practice by taking advantage of it, filling the gas tank, and telling the airport staff that it's appreciated. - Editor

Here are some ground vehicle options in Ontario:
  • Call ahead to reserve the van in Midland - there are several lunch spots in town and at the marina.
  • There is a van/truck available at Collingwood and Pickle Lake.
  • I think there are bicycles at Goderich and Wiarton.
  • Each year on the third weekend in August, there are courtesy rides into Kincardine for the Summer Music Festival - scheduled to suit the visitor.
  • Courtesy rides at Westport, courtesy of Rideau Lakes Flying Club, on both spring and fall fly-in days.
COPA's "Places to Fly" is a good place to find that info about your intended fly-in destination.
Electronics Corner
Electronics Corner Zaon PCAS/TCAS
Airliners have had traffic collision avoidance systems (TCAS) for many years. TCAS works by receiving the broadcasts of the transponders of other traffic in the area and displaying their information in terms of their relative position to where you are and in what direction you are traveling. Read more >>
Builders Tip
Builders' Tip Installing Engine Vibration Mounts
Putting the lower two bolts through the vibration mounts when installing an engine can be difficult. Aligning the flexing mounts while trying to hold in place one or more washers between the engine and the two-part vibration mount assembly can be extremely difficult. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Propeller or Propellor?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, both "propeller" and "propellor" are acceptable spellings. Apparently "propeller" is the more common spelling, so why the difference?

A quick look at manufacturers' websites shows that "propeller" is used almost universally, but we don't have an "alternater" or a "governer," do we?

Apparently the root of the difference is that, to make a verb into a noun, the Germanic language adds the "er," whereas words derived from Latin use "or" as the suffix - especially where the word ends in "ate" like "dictate" or "alternate". Since the verb to "propel" derives from a Latin root, it is reasonable to use "or" as the suffix. It's just another example of the multiple origins of the English language.

Whether you prefer the more usual "propeller" or the apparently more historically correct "propellor", we don't really need to worry. "Prop" is fine for most of us - most of the time!
From the Archives
November 1963
What was interesting became impractical. Fifty years ago, the November issue of Sport Aviation included a list of all members' aircraft. Obviously with so many members today, a list of all their aircraft, if it were published in Sport Aviation, would perhaps need another truck or two to ship the magazine out. It would be impractical to publish a printed list, but it is really interesting to review the 1963 list, sorted by aircraft model, and see where they were all located. Read more >>

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