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Borders Opening Up – Canadians Flying

By Ian Brown, EAA 657159, Editor - Bits and Pieces, Board Member - EAA Canada Council

September 2021 – You can now cross the U.S. border and land at all Canadian airports of entry (AOE's) in non-commercial flights. Many airports in Canada are resuming more normal operations, including the myriad of smaller airports with GA fleets. Naturally if you are planning a border crossing trip you would be well advised to check for up-to-date information shortly before you travel. As of the moment of writing, fully vaccinated Canadians do not have to quarantine on arrival in the U.S.

Many chapters have been holding Zoom meetings or not meeting at all, but all the signs point to a resumption of in-person chapter meetings.

We are very pleased with the content this month, especially with its focus on women pilots. You might spot the two extremes, Hella Comat, EAA 700430, a very experienced aerobatic competitor, and Raquel Lincoln, EAA 1306824, as a fellow board member representing you all. We also have a very nice article from Emily Nyenhuis, EAA 1327850, who hasn't even started aviation training other than a couple of Young Eagles flights, but if you live in Nova Scotia you might want to consider giving her some encouragement by having her wash your aircraft.

On behalf of the Canadian Council I'd like to welcome Ren Scott as our new primary line of contact in Oshkosh. You can read a brief bio here.

Lastly, I have a comment on Scott Knowlton's article on helping out with the assets of a former aircraft builder. This was far from being a unique case. Yes, we get old, we leave behind the rather large collections of specialized aircraft tools. If you’ve built one or more aircraft and plan to build no more, is now a good time to consider giving someone else the benefit of your collection? Some ideas that come to mind are:

  • Identifying a young friend who may need your tools.
  • Donate them to you nearest EAA chapter.
  • Encourage your local chapter to create a tool crib.
  • Check with local pilots to see if anyone has begun building an aircraft.
  • Make an in-kind donation to EAACanada.ca and receive a tax receipt. Note that you might have to hold on to the items being donated until our team can find a buyer, and perhaps ship them directly to the lucky recipient.
You may have forgotten how much you spent accumulating all those special tools, but a starting aircraft builder is surely facing a big bill. If you donate through EAA Canada and we are able to sell the items, all funds raised will go towards bursaries for new young aviators. An added benefit — if you do this while you're still around you'll be able to see the results.

Thanks, as usual, to all our contributors. If you have any comments or suggestions for articles you can reach me at newsletter.EAACC@gmail.com and I'd love to hear from you.

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