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Make the Most of It
By Ian Brown
September 2019 - Sunsets are happening earlier, temperatures are dropping, the leaves are turning, and the air is getting thicker. What a great time of year to be flying! Perhaps with the earlier sunsets it might be a good time to refresh that night rating, maybe on a flight to watch the sun go down on the fall colours.
You may be interested to know that one of our most prolific writers, Mike Davenport, has compiled many of his aviation stories into one book. You may have read some of the articles in Bits and Pieces, but his book features 160 pages along with some gorgeous photos. It was a pleasure getting to know Mike at a very busy AirVenture this year, and we wish him well on the sales of his book. If you are interested in learning more, you can locate the book at this link.
Did you know that EAA's Youth Protection Program has to be renewed every three years? You will receive a notice if yours is due. This program is vital to keeping our youth safe, and renewing the training is a good reminder of the basic ideas that supplement a well-managed Young Eagles event.
There are some great webinars in the pipeline for the next couple of months. You may find some that are U.S./FAA-focussed, but many are of general interest to Canadian aviators. As our fall weather starts to change, you might benefit from joining the September 18 webinar on In-Flight Weather Hazard Avoidance Strategies. On September 24, we cover EAA's New Online Builder's Log, presented by Don White and Charlie Becker, a longtime friend to Canadian members. And if you are planning to implement the FAA-mandated ADS-B Out upgrade (many of us are trying to decide whether to do this), consider signing up for the October 9 webinar presented by John Zimmerman.
As always, I encourage those of you with a story to tell to send it to us using the Bits and Pieces link at the top of this newsletter. I like Mike Davenport's idea for a "What's in Your Hangar?" article, as well as the suggestion for something your aircraft taught you in a failure. Did something break that you could have avoided? Why not share it with us so that we can all be safer pilots?
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Above all, fly safely and have fun doing so.