Vol. 3, No.
1 JANUARY 2010
to Bits and Pieces,
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This first issue of Bits
and Pieces for 2010 includes two news announcements
for the New Year.
First, in the article on Innovative
Wings, this energetic young Western Canadian firm is
sought out to "partner up" with the big
players in attempting to beat existing records in
time-to-climb and raw speed runs with a 1200 shaft
horsepower, turbine-driven propeller aircraft. This is
planned for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year.
We also have information
about EAA SportAir Workshops for Canadian
enthusiasts this coming spring.
Safety" article looks at the whys and means of Carb
Heat as a flight-risk mitigating issue.
We introduce you to our
second EAA Canadian Council member, Paul Dyck of
If you're driving down a
secondary highway near Cayley, Alberta, you will see a
circle formed of ten old Anson fuselages. We remember
them flying our skies in years past.
And from the Archives,
we learn about "Those Darn Canadians" as
American "Buck" Hilbert discovers there is
something other than speed skating to cheer about in
Enjoy! - Jack
BUILT TO BE FASTEST TO NEW HEIGHTS
1999 Shane Daly, an aeronautical engineering
technologist, and Marty Abbott, an ex-Royal Canadian Air
Force (RCAF) CF-104 pilot, shared a vision of a dream
Marty, a local attorney
and businessman, wanted something a lot faster than what
was available and familiar, and he liked the work Shane
was doing. So the idea of a high performance, turbine
powered, personal, amateur-built aircraft was born. A
handshake agreement was made, Innovative Wings was
incorporated, and the dream, Legend C-GUTT, was born. Read
SAFETY - CARB HEAT - WHY?
American friend, building a Sonex amateur-built
aircraft, is at the building stage where his efforts are
directed at the firewall-forward, fitting an AeroVee
(Volkswagen) engine. I recently asked him if he was
providing carb heat for his aircraft. His reply:
"No. It's not a requirement in the U.S., and
besides, it's not necessary!"
amateur-built aircraft with carbureted engines are
imported into Canada each year, and surprisingly, many
do not have provision for carb heat installed. Read
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS RETURN TO CANADA THIS SPRING
EAA will again host a number of SportAir Workshops
this spring in the Calgary region. These popular
workshops are designed to help you get the most benefit
and satisfaction out of building, flying, and
maintaining your homebuilt aircraft.
Courses Being Offered:
- Sheet Metal Basics
- Amateur-Built Aircraft
- Test-Flying and
Developing the POH for Your Homebuilt
See an overview video of
EAA SportAir Workshops.
YOUR EAA CANADIAN COUNCIL
organizational structure is made up of several
affiliations, such as Warbirds, International Aerobatic
Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, National Association
of Flight Instructors , as well as several
special-interest groups, including the Homebuilt
Aircraft Council, the Ultralight or Light-Sport Aircraft
Council, and the Canadian Council. During the last few
years, EAA has spent a significant amount of time and
resources revamping the Canadian Council to better serve
Canadian EAA members.
This month - meet Paul
of us remember this venerable bird from the WWII and
Post War days, and are familiar with commercial
applications using reconfigured Ansons. Ansons were
plentiful during the British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan (BCATP). The one drawback in restoring an Anson is
their one-piece wooden spar, and consequently many
Ansons were sold as surplus aircraft and used for parts,
but never returned to service. I came across this scene
of ten Anson carcasses placed in a circle in a farmerís
field near Cayley, Alberta, and it brought back
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Winter Olympics will begin soon, and Vancouver, B.C.,
will be in the spotlight. If tickets to the sporting
events are too tough to get, there are a few aviation
delights nearby that may make you cheer just as loud. In
the spring 2003 issue of Sport Aviation Association's To
Fly magazine, member "Buck" Hilbert
discovered just that when he visited Vancouver on
vacation from below the 49th parallel. Read