Vol. 1, No.
7 December 2008
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Happy Holidays to all
our Canadian EAA members and Bits and Pieces
subscribers. This month's issue turns its focus to the upcoming year, 2009, and
Canada's Centennial Celebration of Flight.
A number of celebrations,
programs, and projects are underway, and enthusiasm is
building. Activities are slated across our country and
throughout the year. But of particular interest to
Canadian EAA members attending AirVenture in Oshkosh
next year will be our opportunity to share our aviation
beginnings, history, achievements, and contributions to
the world at the greatest aviation venue, Oshkosh, July
27 through August 2, 2009. Plan on it! - Jack Dueck, Editor
INCREDIBLE ÉPERVIER PROJECT
a group of undergraduate university students in a
rigorous, applied science program, attempting a complex
project of this nature - one that requires completion
within two years for "end-of-program" credits.
Can you fathom the research required, the sponsorship
demands, the resolution of group dynamic conflicts that
must have arisen, and the euphoria of completion and
achievement of all expectations?
In early 2006, 12
mechanical engineering students decided to build an
aeroplane. Nothing too complicated, right? It was an
"end-of-program" project for the Mechanical
Engineering bachelors degree at the Université de
Sherbrooke in Quebec. This project is designated as a
hands-on practicum outside (and in addition to) the
structured four-and-a-half year study program. Read more
PERFORMER, KEN FOWLER
you've attended air show performances from Abbotsford to
Ottawa, from Yellowknife to 'The Golden West', you have
probably seen Ken Fowler and company in action. I met
with Ken at the Rocky Mountain Airport in west-central
Alberta and we talked about the various activities that
occupy Ken's time and passion.
Ken is the manager of
this airport and spends his time building
high-performance aircraft for himself and other clients.
He has built two RV-4's, a Harmon Rocket (that he flies
in his air shows), an F-1 Rocket, and is presently
building two F-1 Rockets, a modified BD-5, and his own
design, a metal take-off of a Rutan VariViggen. Read more
THE CANADIAN CENTENNIAL OF
FLIGHT AND OSHKOSH 2009!
February 23, 1909, at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, John
Alexander Douglas McCurdy saw the earth recede beneath
him while behind the controls of the Silver Dart. It was
Canada's first manned-powered flight, and a century
later, on February 23, 2009, celebrations will be held
across the nation to honour Canada's and the British
Commonwealth's landmark achievement. Read more
NEW PANEL BUILDER WEBSITE
FROM AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
a new panel for your aircraft? With the Aircraft Spruce
and Specialty Panel Builder website, you can plan your
panel without having to search the Internet and keep
track of all your findings. Using drop down menus, you
can search a large inventory of avionics and instruments
by category, and then save your findings. This tool
displays every piece of equipment you will need for your
panel, enabling you to get quotes quickly and simplify
the ordering process. Visit the Aircraft Spruce website
to learn more.
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