Bits and Pieces - EAA's newsletter for Canada and aviation

Vol. 1, No.1 - June, 2008

Welcome 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 above).

Jack DueckMeet the Editor
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 EAA also encourages you to share this newsletter by forwarding it to your aviation friends. If you do, they will find a "subscribe" link at the bottom of the newsletter.

Why 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

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 Scotia.

Where's the Windsock?
Whitehorse DC-3In 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 more

EAA's New Calendar of Events
EAA's Calendar of EventsIf you haven't already done so, log onto and 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

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.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
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.
Canada's Centennial Celebration of Powered Flight, 2009
Silver Dart 1909 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.

EAA 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!

Profile of an Airman
Profile of an Airman - Joe EnglishA 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.  Read more
Canada - Our Role in Aviation
Canada - Our Role in AviationCanada 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 critically ill.  Read more

EAA Young EaglesFlying Youth
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 Eagles website.

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