EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 2, No. 8  AUGUST 2009

Jack DueckWelcome 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.

As you might expect, Bits and Pieces this month features several items from the recently concluded EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA did its Canadian members very proud, with a focus on the Canadian flight centennial and aircraft on display from our country. - Jack Dueck, Editor

Canadian group at AirVenture
Here are just some of the more than 700 fellow Canadian EAA members who attended AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.
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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009: WHAT A WEEK!
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How would you rate this year's AirVenture Oshkosh?

About the same as in past years
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Hundreds of thousands of people from 75 countries enjoyed the greatest aviation event in the world July 27-August 2 at Oshkosh. Being there to experience it from start to finish, all I can say is, "What an incredible event it was!"

Total attendance was 578,000, a 12 percent increase over last year. Aircraft parking and camping in the 'north 40' was filled up for a period of time on Monday and Tuesday and aircraft were routed elsewhere until space once again became available. Camp Scholler was filled early in the week and had to be extended twice to accommodate drive-in campers! All told, 41,000 overnight campers in aircraft and drive-in camping areas attended.  Read more

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OSHKOSH WINNERS!
Several Canadian aircraft were judged among the very best and received awards in the aircraft judging competition at AirVenture this year: Joseph Leslie, Abbotsford, BC; Al Behuncik, Red Deer, AB; Michael Potter/Tim Leslie of the Vintage Wings of Canada museum, Ottawa, ON; and Canadian Warplane Heritage, Hamilton, ON. Read more Lysander
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EDMONTON WOMAN WINS YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE
It was the final day of her first visit to AirVenture Oshkosh when Marjorie Gjesdal, of Edmonton, AB, learned she had won the 2009 Young Eagles Raffle - a brand new 2010 Ford Mustang GT convertible. "Oh my God! I've won a car," she said after hearing her name announced. There was no mistake - Marjorie was sitting below the announcer's stand at the time, along with EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny who said to her, "I'm the first one who witnessed the look on your face when you won."

Eldon, Marjorie's husband is active in EAA Chapter 30, Edmonton, and a four-year volunteer with the 'Green Gang' who provide flight-line communications. Read more

Young Eagles Raffle winner
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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT FLIGHT SAFETY
The following are excerpts from Transport Canada's Aviation Safety Letter article, written by John Quarterman, manager of member assistance and programs for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). It is a timely and vital message that is often overlooked or ignored.

Transport Canada recognized the trend in personal mass (weights), in response to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) recommendations following the crash of Georgian Express Flight 126 on January 17, 2004, and other crashes preceding it. And so on January 20, 2005, Transport Canada updated section RAC 3.5 of the Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM) with new male and female standard weights, including both summer and winter weights. Read more

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NIGHT SCRAMBLE, BY WILLIAM MCRAE
Courtesy of Vintage Wings of Canada 
"The entry in my logbook reads simply: 'Scramble - 32,000' - 45 minutes - night', but it was an experience I have never forgotten. Today's all-weather pilots would consider this little adventure a joke, and even I would not have thought much about it a year later, but prior to this flight I had logged less than 300 hours total solo, of which only 10 hours were night in the Spitfire, (I had two hours solo night in my log book when I first flew the Spit) and less than 16 hours total actual instrument time." Read more Night Scramble
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
Spirit of Bathurst
It's amazing what gems you can discover by simply perusing the Sport Aviation archives at the EAA members only website. We found a story by Harold Hussey, of Bathurst, New Brunswick, who devoted 3,000 hours over the course of two and a half years (1958-1961) designing and building his own airplane, the Hussey Skyhawk, nicknamed the Spirit of Bathurst. "As far as I can find out it is the first homebuilt plane completely designed and built in Canada since the Silver Dart," he wrote in the March 1962 edition. Read the whole story here.
Spirit of Bathurst
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