Vol. 2, No.
9 SEPTEMBER 2009
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.
Our highlight this month
is the EAA Inter-chapter Fly-out to Disley, Saskatchewan
the weekend of August 29 and 30 involving EAA Chapters
63, 1410, and 154.
The flight out to Disley
in my 1947 Luscombe wasn't without excitement either. We
had an unscheduled fuel stop at the little hamlet of
Ales Burton, chief flight
instructor, Mount Royal College, Calgary, wrote an
excellent and timely piece on Mid-Air Collisions.
And finally, under
'Aviation History' I found this interesting article
about Japanese Underwater Aircraft Carriers.
Enjoy! - Jack
STARVATION EXAMINED AS CAUSE OF CANADIAN TIGER MOTH
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is considering
fuel starvation as the primary cause of the crash of a
de Havilland Tiger Moth last month. The WWII-era
Canadian primary trainer from the Vintage Wings of
Canada Museum crashed during a maintenance test
flight. Museum pilot Howard Cook was flying the
aircraft to test a recently repaired tail-wheel when it
crashed shortly after take-off from Ottawa/Gatineau
Airport in Quebec, Canada. Cook, a British pilot,
sustained multiple injuries including a broken back,
ankle, wrist and ribs. The aircraft received
substantial damage. Read
FLY-IN BRINGS THREE CHAPTERS TOGETHER AT DISLEY
How much fun can a few folks have at the end of a
A bunch if they attended the first annual,
EAA Western Chapter Fly-In at Disley, Saskatchewan, in
late August. An intrepid group of aviators and
aviation enthusiasts led by Jeff Seaborn from High River
Chapter 1410, Jack Neima of Winnipeg Chapter 63, and
Perry Casson of Regina Chapter 154 departed their home
bases Saturday morning enroute to Disley, SK, where they
were welcomed by their gracious hosts Vic and Breeze
Vic’s private 2200 foot
turf strip is located one-half mile east of Disley and
about 20 miles northwest of Regina, just beside the Q’Appelle
AND PIECES READER HELPS EDITOR AFTER UNSCHEDULED
engine sputters and loses RPM! Instinctively, I change
from the right to the left fuel tank. Instant power!
What was that all about?
Greg MacGillivray and I
are on our fly-out flight to Disley Saskatchewan. We had
fueled up in Medicine Hat about an hour ago, and my
Luscombe could not have possibly burned through 15
gallons (US) of fuel. Anyway, the engine is now purring
so we continue on.
Suddenly, silence! Isn't
it amazing how quiet things get at 5500 ft. ASL when the
engine in an aircraft shuts down!
I try the right tank
again and get a faint pop, and then only silence.
Priming doesn't help, and I say to Greg; "Guess
we're going down!" Read
COLLISIONS: KNOWING WHAT THE TRUE RISKS ARE
Several years ago I was climbing out of Minneapolis in C-FWXD, our beautiful Cessna 206. It was a hot, bumpy afternoon and I was heading generally northwest. With the blinding sun on my left, I was attempting to get what sun protection was possible by hiding behind the vertical cabin member on the left of the windscreen.
Suddenly, out of my left sight perspective I saw the image of a large, very near, low-wing aircraft crossing my pathway from left to right. By instant instinct reaction, I threw the aircraft in a tight right downward maneuver, saving the day and scaring the dickens out of my three passengers. This was way too close for comfort. The other pilot never saw me since I was below him and on his right. I was not looking to my left in order to avoid the sun. Conditions were perfect for a potential for a midair collision.
UNDER THE SEA|
Japan's Submersible I-400 Aircraft Carriers
In many ways HIJMS I-400
was decades ahead of her time. She was the world’s
largest submarine with a length of 400-ft and a surface
displacement of 3,530 tons. Above her main deck rose a
115-ft. long, 12-ft diameter, hangar housing three
torpedo-bombers. These float planes were rolled out
through a massive hydraulic door onto an 85-ft pneumatic
catapult, where they were rigged for flight, fueled,
armed, launched, and after landing alongside, lifted
back aboard with a powerful hydraulic crane. The I-400
was equipped with a snorkel, radar, radar detectors, and
capacious fuel tanks that gave her a range of 37,500
miles: One and a half times around the world. She was
armed with eight torpedo tubes, a 5.5-in 50-cal deck
gun, a bridge 25mm antiaircraft gun, and three triple 25
mm A/A mounts atop her hangar. The advent of guided
missiles and atomic bombs transformed her from dinosaur
to an overspecialized undersea menacing strategic
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Building a Dream
Bill Pomeroy of Norval, Ontario, won the "Best RV-3
Award" at Oshkosh19'75, and penned this cover story
for the February 1976 issue of Sport Aviation
about his project. Incidentally, the airplane was also
named the Best Canadian Homebuilt for 1975. Read
the story here.