EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 1, No.5 - October 2008

Jack DueckWelcome to Bits and Pieces, EAA's e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. If you have ideas or suggestions, please send e-mail EAABitsandPieces@eaa.org. We also encourage you to forward your copy to your aviation friends and invite them to subscribe at the link located at the bottom.

Hard to believe it's October already, and with it, the fifth edition of Bits & Pieces. Your feedback has been most welcome, and I encourage you to write me anytime at cgyrv@yahoo.com with your suggestions, comments, corrections and questions, or just to say hello. We have more Canadian aviation history in this month's issue, including stories on a Gipsy Moth restoration project, a look back in Canada's flight history with Bob Hyslop, and of course, the fast-approaching centennial of powered flight in Canada. Thanks for subscribing, and keep those e-mails coming.  - Jack Dueck, Editor

Restoration of the Gipsy Moth
In 1929, Gipsy Moth Serial Number DH1507A rolled off the assembly line of the De Havilland Aircraft Company Ltd. at Stag Lane Aerodrome, Edgware, Middlesex, England. It was one of 31 purchased by the RCAF to be used to train pilots and for forest fire patrol prior to WWII. It was based in Saskatchewan at Prince Albert as well as Saskatoon, serving under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) where it flew its last service flight on July 20, 1948.  Read more
A Wine Tasting Tour, Aviator Style, by Phil Ward, AME at Large
I'm not a pilot. I think I should say that right up front. I don't know just what's involved in flying over the mountains or filing IFR and I can't decipher the code of a weather briefing. However I thought it would be interesting to join a bunch of pilots and fly to the Okanagan Valley to enjoy the fine weather and sample some of the wines of that region. Let's face it the days are getting shorter and mornings are becoming frosty, summer is over here in Alberta. We are fortunate in Canada, though, to travel to exotic places to see sunny skies and lush vegetation - and all without a passport.  Read more
Looking Back with Bob Hyslop
For the past month or so, I have been corresponding with one of our readers, Bob Hyslop, who shared with me some memories from the 1950s of the Air Force Base at Clinton, Ontario. Recently, Bob sent me a note about his own beginnings in flying since we had shared experiences in a J3 at the Flying Club in nearby Goderich. Bob reminisces about the area around the Goderich airport; the home of Keith Hopkinson and a hotbed of aviation activity in the '50's. With Bob's permission, I have reprinted part of his story here for your enjoyment. - Jack
100th Anniversary of the Silver Dart Approaches
On February 23, 1909, pilot J.A.D. McCurdy made the first powered flight in Canada at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in the Silver Dart - an aircraft built by a team of inventors led by Alexander Graham Bell. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of that Canadian (and British Empire) aviation first as Braddock plays host to aviation enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate the centennial with a series of special events and activities throughout 2009. Don't miss out on experiencing this piece of Canadian history! Visit www.flightofthesilverdart.ca to learn more about the celebration!
Introducing Fisher Flying Products' New Owner
After more than 20 years in the aviation business, Gene Hanson and Darlene Jackson-Hanson have retired and sold Fisher Flying Products. The new owner, Paul Riedlinger, plans to continue the tradition of supplying top quality kits, support, and customer service to new and existing customers. Full-size plans and replacement parts for the company's 15 designs will continue to be offered. In the near future, the plan is to restart production on a number of aircraft in the Fisher product line, starting with the Dakota Hawk and the R-80 Tiger Moth. Paul asks of customers, "Please bear with us while we work through the transition as quickly as possible. In the mean time if you have any questions, suggestions, or need technical support please give us a call. We are always here to help out." Here is the new contact information:

10-8707 Dufferin Street, Suite #143
Vaughan, Ontario
L4J 0A6
Phone - 905-532-9900
Fax - 416-352-5718
e-mail: ffp@fisherflying.com

Reminder: Still Time to Sign up For EAA SportAir Workshops
Three EAA SportAir Workshops are tentatively being planned in two central Canada locations this fall. All three will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, and include:
  • Toronto: Sheet Metal Basics, at Kitplane Builders, #5 Meyerside Drive, Mississauga, ON, and:
  • Ottawa: Electronics/avionics, and Amateur-Built Aircraft Inspections, at the EAA Chapter 245 Hangar - Carp Airport, Carp, ON.

These two-day structured workshops are designed to help you build and maintain your amateur-built aircraft. These comprehensive courses provide students with an incredible amount of knowledge and confidence. Course sizes are limited so that students can receive individual instruction and help. The fee for each course is $300 Can. and includes materials, tools and workbook. Students will receive an EAA SportAir Certificate upon course completion. For additional information, contact EAA SportAir Workshops at 800-967-5746, e-mail sportair@eaa.org, or visit www.eaahighriver.org/sportair.htm.

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