EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 2, No. 1   January 2009

Welcome to Bits and Pieces, EAA's e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. We encourage you to forward your copy to your aviation friends and invite them to subscribe at the link located at the bottom.

2009 will see Canadian aviation celebrate 100 years of powered flight. Simply incredible! From that first pusher-canard to today's aircraft, aviation has become a major factor and contributor to our culture and existence. 2009 will see more advancement, more innovation, and more challenges.

Our first Bits & Pieces of this New Year highlights the appointment of the newly re-structured EAA Canadian Council. We introduce its five members with a brief bio on each. Upcoming issues will tell more about each member, so we can get to know them.

This month we're also beginning a series on EAA's Canadian Chapters, starting with our very own EAA Chapter 1410 High River. Ours is a very active chapter with lots of activity and excitement. In upcoming issues I want to introduce all of the Canadian EAA chapters to you. Chapters are the lifeline connecting your aviation passion with a worldwide, recognized society with strength in its members. We want to explore how we can make better use of this resource!

In keeping with our commitment to bring to you stories of people and aeroplanes, see this month's article on the Tundra, a kit-plane in the spirit of the 'True North'!

And finally, a request: We need your help to make and keep this newsletter current and relevant. Send your items of interest to cgyrv@yahoo.com and we'll try to publish them. May you have a great 2009!

- Jack Dueck, Editor

On December 22, 2008, we received notice of the appointment of the following EAA members to the newly restructured EAA Canadian Council. They are:

EAA President Tom Poberezny announced the appointments, stressing that the choices were difficult with the large number of highly qualified applicants, and that the Council could have been filled four times over!

These are your EAA Canadian Council members. They have volunteered to serve you, and their mandate is to help you get the most out of EAA member benefits, while at the same time communicating your needs and aspirations to EAA headquarters so that the strength of this organization can be applied to your interests. Get to know them and let them get to know you. Volunteer you own efforts and participate in advancing your own aviation interests in this Centennial year.

Click on the names above for brief bios, and look for more complete introductions in upcoming issues of Bits & Pieces.

One of our stories in the December 2008 issue of Bits and Pieces featured the Epervier X1 C-FWMQ, an airplane designed and built by 12 undergraduate mechanical engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. About a week after that issue was e-mailed (December 16), the airplane made its successful maiden flight at Sherbrooke Airport. Read all about that great achievement by our own Canadian students in a story reported on the EAA website.
Heavy snowfalls in late December caused considerable damage to a rare Canadian Warbird at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, B.C. The museum's Handley Page Hampden, a World War II bomber that was raised from the ocean depths off Vancouver Island in 1985, suffered a collapsed port wing under the weight of the snow. Click here to read the museum's news release and view several photos of the damage, which speak for themselves. There's also information about how you can help in its restoration.
It's official - Transport Canada is moving forward with a rule requiring virtually all aircraft to have 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) installed on most aircraft operating in Canadian airspace within two years of February 1, 2009. All aircraft other than gliders, balloons, ultralights, parachute aircraft and a limited number of other operations fall under the requirement. Aircraft owners will need to replace their 121.5 MHz ELTs, which search and rescue satellites are scheduled to stop monitoring on February 1. TC anticipates at least a two-year transition period in which a blanket exemption would be in effect to allow the thousands of Canadian aircraft to comply with the rule. The proposed exemption would allow flight in Southern Canada (below 50° lat. east of 80° long./below 55° lat. west of 80° long.) with an installed 121.5 MHz ELT. Our EAA Canadian Council chairman, Denis Browne, commented that the rule seems to exceed those of other jurisdictions by requiring virtually all aircraft to be so equipped," he said. "In effect they are going further than any other jurisdiction regarding non-commercial flights."  Read more
It's a warm, breezy Thursday evening in High River, Alberta. We are at Hangar P11 at the regional airport getting ready for the monthly EAA Chapter 1410 meeting. We have arrived an hour before the meeting starts at 1900, to move airplanes, set up chairs, and put out a simple supper with beverages (as well as the cash dish!). Air cadets have been using the hangar for their meetings and as we clean up the notes on the whiteboard, visions appear of young people enjoying all kinds of discussions from flying and aircraft to public speaking. The flying community at this airport is alive and well!   Read more
It's not too soon to start planning to attend one of these popular workshops, where you can learn the basics to amateur-aircraft building. We are reviewing which of the several workshops (based on interest) we will offer this spring. Preliminary plans are to hold the workshops on April 4 & 5, 2009, at High River Regional Airport, High River, Alberta. Courses to be offered include:

Sheet Metal Basics · Electronics/Avionics · Composite Construction · Fabric Covering · Annual Inspection of your Homebuilt

To learn more about these workshops, visit www.sportair.com.

We are driving back to Montreal from Sherbrooke and our meeting with mechanical engineering students and their 'Épervier' project and we stop at Granby, Quebec, to see Dream Aircraft Inc., manufacturers of the 'Tundra' aircraft. Luc Premont, is obliging and waits for us, since it is after hours, and willingly gives us an unhurried visit to the large and well-equipped premises of the firm.

The Tundra is the "dream" product of Yvan Desmarais, president of D&G Manufacturing. This large, sheet metal fabrication firm does a great deal of work for the Telecommunication and Aerospace industries, and has the latest CNC punching, cutting, and forming equipment. Desmarais, a pilot and EAA member of many years, has always had a utilitarian outlook for aviation use in Canada's rugged regions. So after years of evaluations and research, he brought a number of engineers and designers together, and while keeping a critical focus on the end product and its purpose, allowed the design of the Tundra to develop.  Read more

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