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Once more Canada had the most
international attendees at AirVenture Oshkosh this year out of
the 75 nations represented. t was great to see many of you representing our country,
and thanks for taking the time to stop by in the
workshops area to say hello!
Speaking of Oshkosh,
we'll lead off the August issue with a recap of the
aircraft awards won by our fellow Canadians.
- Jack Dueck, Editor
Amateur-Built Aircraft Award Winners at Oshkosh
Several Canadian EAA members returned home as
amateur-built aircraft award winners from this year's
AirVenture Oshkosh. Here are the folks who took home the
WORKMANSHIP KIT BUILT
C-FCOX; a sporty RV-7 crafted by Chris and Rosie (the
Riveter) Cox, of Delta, BC. (You have seen this aircraft
before - in the July 2008 newsletter).
C-FGJQ; a gorgeous Glasair
Super II RG built by Paul Connor and Jim Hannibal, of
Qualicum Beach, BC.
C-FRFY; a beautifully
crafted Nexus Mustang built by Richard Eaves, of London,
FAA, and the 51% Rule
In mid-July, the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
issued a new policy for administering and enforcing the
51 percent rule for amateur-built aircraft. That made
for plenty of spirited discussion during the recent
AirVenture Oshkosh. On Tuesday that week John Hickey, FAA
Director of Aircraft Certification, and Frank Paskiewicz
(pictured at right),
FAA Manager of the Production and Airworthiness Division,
discussed the proposed new policy and the reasoning
behind it at a lively public forum attended by close to
In the USA, the
amateur-built aircraft category allows its citizens to
'design, build and fly' their own aircraft so long as
the builder does so solely for his or her
"education or recreation." In addition, the
amateur builder must build the major portion of the
aircraft. This is commonly known as the "51%
rule." Commercial builder assistance for financial
compensation is allowed, but only if the builder still
completes 51% of the fabrication and assembly tasks.
Note: Canadian amateur-built
aircraft rules and regulations differ from the U.S.. We
are, nevertheless, interested and conscious of our
neighbors and their rights and privileges, since they
indirectly affect us. For example, if a Canadian builder
wishes to sell an amateur-built aircraft to an American
citizen, it will be required to meet any FAA policy in
Blackner: 40 Consecutive AirVenture Adventures!
|This story starts with an e-mail addressed to the
EAA Oshkosh headquarters staff; "Do you have any
recognition for attendance records at Oshkosh?"
"No, we really have
no way set up for tracking attendances," was the
"Well, John Blackner
will be attending his 40th consecutive Oshkosh
convention this year, and a bunch of his buddies out
here at Lyncrest airpark wanted like to recognize this
achievement if it could be done this year at
Lyncrest Airport, at the
southeast corner of Winnipeg, MB, is a pilot's dream.
Two grass turf runways, about 48 private aircraft
hangars, and about 110 members, who control the
operations of the airport, and pay only a municipal tax,
(no fees, no rent on hangars that each owns
privately). Read more
Canadian EAA Chapter Being Formed
|"Glad to report that we held the organizational
meeting on July 20, with an attendance of 14 of whom 11
became new members of both the International as well as
the local Chapter, which will in all likelihood, be
named the Frazer Valley EAA Chapter."
So reads in part an
e-mail received from Abe De Jagger of Chilliwack, BC.
The new chapter's slate
of executives will be: De Jagger, President; Ken Cos,
Vice President; Dan Bauman, Secretary; and Jeff McMurrer,
Congratulations! We wish
you every success in the launch of your new EAA Chapter.
During the last month, we've
received reports about a number of Transport Canada ramp
checks on amateur-built aircraft.
On a small private
airfield some 15 miles outside of a prairie centre, two
Transport Canada inspectors drove up and asked to see
the documents pertaining to an antique bi-plane
certificated as an amateur-built. The owner had the
appropriate documents neatly secured in a provisional
package, and all was well.
I have also learned that
aircraft returning from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year
were being similarly checked at 'point of entry'
airports as they cleared customs upon arriving back in
Note that such checks are
all perfectly in order and provided for by Transport
Canada Rules and Regulations.
So to be safe, ensure
that you have all the required documents on board; that
your aircraft is legal; for example, is the appropriate
passenger warning decal in both official languages
clearly visible to any passenger, and does your logbook
show that you are current?
Just to be certain,
double check that you have the following items on
board before next takeoff:
- Certificate of
- Certificate of
Airworthiness with operating limitations
- Journey Log (current
- Insurance Certificate
- Aircraft Flight Manual
(Pilot Operating Handbook)
- Pilot License
- Current Medical
- ELT (Current check and
- Fire Extinguisher
- First Aid Kit
- Current Charts and
Canadian Flight Supplement (if flying or going