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By Ian Brown, Editor

June 2019 - Several readers may have been inadvertently unsubscribed. Privacy laws in the United States may have meant that some people who were previously receiving our newsletter may have been forcibly unsubscribed because they may not have explicitly agreed to receipt of the newsletter. You could help your friends by asking them to resubscribe if they recently stopped receiving Bits and Pieces. It's our primary method of communicating with Canadian subscribers, and sometimes our friends south of the border are interested in our activities. Perhaps chapter leaders could bring this up at their next meeting.

I may not be the first to think of this, but with the aim of increasing pilot safety, I started a new section this month called "Sometimes Aircraft Failures Evidently Teach You" (SAFETY). I know it's a bit contrived. What can I say? We can all learn from each other's mistakes and the failures of the equipment we fly. We should let people know we made the mistake and what we learned from it. I will start the ball rolling this week with a little story about what happened on a four-hour cross-country — at least it should have been four hours. Please submit articles along these lines — something your aircraft taught you that affected your safety.

Mikey McBryan, a central character on Ice Pilots, the TV show about Buffalo Airways, was mentioned in our April issue. You may remember that he had set himself an apparently impossible goal of trying to rebuild a DC-3 to participate in the D-Day celebrations in Europe. The aircraft basically had no engines and was in a really poor state. It’s fascinating to review the progress and even more amazing that he managed to produce 156 episodes of his Plane Savers YouTube show documenting the progress. If you’re a binge watcher, you might like to check out the whole series here. Alternatively, you could cherry pick.

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