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

Vol. 1, No.2 - July, 2008

Jack DueckWelcome to the second edition of Bits and Pieces, EAA's new e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. If you have an idea or suggestion for the newsletter, send an e-mail to We also encourage you to forward it to your aviation friends and invite them to subscribe at the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is nearly upon us! I invite those of you planning to attend to stop by for a visit at the Builder's Education Centre, located in the Workshops area.

- Jack Dueck, Editor

Useful EAA AirVenture 2008 Information
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008Be sure to log onto for important information if you are planning to attend AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Here are some of the topics you should become familiar with:
Ask About Young Eagles Flights in Canada at Oshkosh
EAA Young EaglesRecently, questions have arisen regarding EAA Young Eagle flights in Canada. To help answer any questions that current or potential Young Eagle pilots might have, you are invited to stop by the Young Eagles pavilion during AirVenture to find out more. Each day at 1 p.m. Young Eagles Executive Director Steve Buss and Field Representative Lloyd Richards (Timmins, ON) will be at the pavilion to answer your specific questions or address concerns. The pavilion is located just northeast of the International Visitors tent, next to the EAA Chapter House.
Aluminum Pieces With a Lot of Holes!
Chilliwack, BC, and my Garmin navigator can’t find 8155 Aitken Road. I’m trying to locate the Murphy Aircraft organization, and I try both ends of Aitken Road but don’t seem to be able to “connect.”

It’s Monday, a Canadian Statute holiday, and the streets at 1000 hours are empty. I decide to try the airport and my Garmin takes me there OK. On the ramp, a number of people are gathered around a couple of RVs, (a 9A and a 7). Mother lode! No problem! These guys will be able to direct me to Murphy Aircraft.  Read more

Canada's Amateur-Built Aircraft History
Note: We received several e-mails in response to our story in the June issue of Bits and Pieces, including several regarding our brief mention of Canadian Amateur-Built aircraft history. This next story expands significantly on that subject. - Editor

In keeping with our earlier theme of Canada's aviation history, we now look at the role that amateur-built aircraft have played, together with the players who brought this aircraft category to us.

In a December 1999 EAA Sport Aviation article, "Canadian Council News, 45 Years in 2000," Rem Walker - then Chair of the EAA Canadian Council - details a chronological itemized list of steps from early efforts to today's "Chapter 549 Exemption'" covering amateur-built aircraft.

"Keith Hopkinson of Goderich, Ontario, under the flight authority of Flight Permit 001, made the first flight in an aircraft constructed under Department of Transport regulations that recognized homebuilt aircraft in Canada on October 3, 1955."  Read more

Importing a U.S. Homebuilt Into Canada
Within the last few months, we've seen several U.S. amateur-built aircraft purchased and imported into Canada by Canadians. If you are contemplating such an adventure, you need to know some of the basic rules.

Is the Aircraft Eligible?

  • Maximum 4-place with three designated passenger seats
  • Maximum 5,000 lb. gross weight
  • Minimum of 100 hours logged flight time after issuance of a permanent C of A for amateur-built aircraft in the USA

If the aircraft meets the above three conditions, you have passed the first hurdle! Read more

A Truly International EAA SportAir Workshop
Arlington, WA, May 17-18. Just another run-of-the-mill EAA SportAir workshop, “RV Assembly,” with 18 students. All are passionate about amateur-built aircraft construction; all are planning on building a Van’s RV; and all are finding the effort and the expense worth every bit of it.

So what is different and “International” about this particular one? Just consider the participants in this one workshop.  Read more

The EAA Flight Planner Does Not Cover Canada!
A note about the EAA Flight Planner:

We often hear from Canadian members that the flight planner does not cover Canada. I talked with Charlie Becker, director of Member Programs at EAA, about this issue:

His answer: "The roadblock we have run into is NavCanada. Unlike the FAA, NavCanada charges for access to airport and mapping data. The bottom line is that NavCanada fees make it impossible to include Canadian data. We will continue to work on this but I don't have much hope at this time."

EAA is making an extra effort to build Canada functionality whenever it is even remotely possible. An example is the new Calendar of Events that includes all Canadian airports and postal codes, all entered by EAA staffers.

Bill Lishman Leads Global Humanitarian Project
Bill LishmanMost of you know of fellow Canadian Bill Lishman, a.k.a. "Father Goose," the man who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie, Fly Away Home. The pioneering ultralight pilot is now embarking on a humanitarian project called Air First Aid, which seeks to organize an emergency first response system of professionally trained ultralight pilots that can render advanced assistance to the scene of a natural disasters or humanitarian crises. The idea is to work with official agencies, utilizing fleets of strategically placed ultralights that can provide initial, rapid deployment and decentralized delivery of emergency aid. It's all in the name of saving lives and alleviating suffering until more substantial help arrives. You're invited to learn more about this project at

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