Vol. 1, No.1 - June, 2008
to Bits and Pieces,
EAA's new e-newsletter and monthly information digest
for builders and fliers in Canada. Its name honours the
people and the place where amateur-built aircraft first
found a home in Canada. Back in October of 1955,
Goderich, Ontario resident Keith Hopkinson carried out
the first flight of a "registered amateur-built
aircraft, CF-RAD" in Canada, after a year of
building a modified version of the Stits Playboy, which
he fondly called Lil' Hoagy. Working closely with Keith,
Paul Poberezny, then president of EAA, convinced the
Department of Transport to allow amateur-built aircraft
to fly in Canada. Gus Chisholm built the second
Canadian-registered amateur built aircraft, CF-RAC, a Baby
Ace called Bits and Pieces (pictured
I'm Jack Dueck of Calgary and your editor of Bits and
Pieces. I'm first and foremost a volunteer,
serving as a member of the EAA Canadian Council; the EAA
Homebuilt Aircraft Council; EAA Chapter 1410 founding president;
a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor; and SportAir Workshops
instructor. Most recently, I've also been featured on
several of the popular Hints
for Homebuilders videos on the EAA website.
I've been a
homebuilding enthusiast for my 50-year aviation
career. I've restored a CF-PII, an Aeronca Chief 11AC,
a Luscombe, and also "slow-built" a Van's RV-4
that first flew in 1999. If you have an idea or
suggestion for the newsletter, drop an e-mail to EAABitsandPieces@eaa.org.
EAA also encourages you to share this newsletter by
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will find a "subscribe" link at the bottom of
a Canadian Newsletter?
EAA has recently restructured its headquarters staff,
with an overall goal of providing its membership with
improved services in the core areas of publications,
websites, chapter support, information services, and
governmental advocacy and relations. Included in these
core areas is a significant and greater focus on its
international and, specific to us, Canadian members'
interests. We hope that you will enjoy each monthly
edition and encourage you to share it with your friends.
They can sign up to receive it at http://spirit.eaa.org/bitsandpieces/subscribe.asp.
We define the Canadian
territory from the Northwest Arctic, with a DC-3 on a
pedestal, to the shores of the Canadian Maritimes with a
Centennial Anniversary anticipation of McCurdy's first
flight of an aircraft in Canada. On Feb. 23, 1909, the
Silver Dart flew from the frozen waters of Baddeck, Nova
In Whitehorse, where things are done differently,
getting the correct wind direction takes on a very
practical approach, and is difficult to misread!
DC-3, Serial Number 4667
spent the first three years of her life in the
camouflage war colours of the U.S. Air Force, flying
transport missions in India and China. After the war,
she was sold by the War Assets Corporation to Grant
McConachie's newly formed Canadian Pacific Airlines,
converted to civilian configurations and issued with the
Canadian Registration CF-CPY. Read
New Calendar of Events
If you haven't already done so, log onto www.eaa.org
take a look at the newly redesigned website. You can and
will quickly get involved in the myriad of activities,
news, member benefits, and more. While you are there,
click on "News and Events" and then
"Calendar of Events" to get to a great
calendar resource, or go directly to www.eaacalendar.org.
Enter the distance in
statute miles that you want to consider, your local
airport ID or postal code, and key on
"Search." Presto! You are presented with a
list of aviation events within your chosen radius. You
get the dates, the names of the events, the locations,
the distances from your local airport, and a Google map
of the airport for the event. This feature is available
to all, EAA members as well as non-members, and is
interactive. To list an event, simply key onto this
website and enter "Submit Event" then follow
the simple directions. When you have entered the data,
view it to check for accuracy, and then submit it. EAA
headquarters will check it and list it on the calendar.
It depends on you to list your event, and once listed,
it becomes available in a user-friendly format for
anyone and everyone.
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
We Canadians will be given an opportunity to wave
our colours at the International Tent during AirVenture
2008. EAA has decided to designate each year in honour
of a specific country, beginning with Canada. We will be
able to display a 'typically Canadian' aircraft,
together with displays, flags, etc. Plans are currently
being drafted to make this a showplace, and to initiate
a yearly international theme for all the visitors to
AirVenture at Oshkosh.
Centennial Celebration of Powered Flight, 2009
On Feb. 23, 1909, John Alexander Douglas McCurdy flew
the Silver Dart off the frozen waters at Baddeck Bay,
Nova Scotia, the first powered flight in Canada.
wants to recognize this historic flight during
AirVenture 2009. One idea that has come up is to make
this anniversary an Oshkosh theme in 2009, with special
displays and activities. Stay tuned!
of an Airman
A huge RCAF Ensign fills the skies above Nanton,
Alberta, and dwarfs every building except the Lancaster
Museum and Memorial Wall. The Museum is easily the main
attraction in this small town, located about 40 minutes
south of Calgary. A prominent airman, instrumental
in the birth and inception of the museum, is WWII Pilot
Officer Joe English, who flew 30 missions over Germany,
including the attack on Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s
“Eagles Lair,” and then two more humanitarian
missions (Operation Manna) into German occupied Holland.
- Our Role in Aviation
Canada is a country with close ties to aviation, a
country with large distances, remote regions, and the
exploration and development of our vast northern areas.
There are aviation legends such as Wop May delivering
the Diphtheria serum to Fort Vermillion, northern
Alberta in mid-winter in an open cockpit AVRO Avian IVM.
There is the wartime
production of the AVRO Lancaster in Malton, Ontario.
There is the design and production of the DeHavilland
Chipmunk, and the Beaver and Otter series, which
revolutionized bush and remote country flying. The Twin
Otter produced another Canadian aviation legend, when a
Kenn Borek crew, out of Calgary, flew to a base camp in
Antarctica, to medivac a scientist who had become
EAA has been in discussion
with COPA regarding the Canadian organization
participating in flying youth. Adam Smith, EAA vice
president of membership, characterized the discussion as
"very positive" and "centered on the
kids." Look for more information in our next issue
of Bits and Pieces.
Meanwhile, individual EAA
members flying Young Eagles automatically have $1
million in supplemental insurance coverage if they carry
their own required liability insurance.
The EAA/COPA discussions
have had no impact on EAA chapters and members' ability
to fly Young Eagles in Canada. For more information,
visit the Young