Vol. 3, No.
2 FEBRUARY 2010
to Bits and Pieces,
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This month's Bits and
Pieces features Canadian Chief Astronaut Julie
Payette and her induction into Canada's Aviation Hall of
Fame on June 10 in Vancouver. Next, we follow with our
"Eye Candy" look at restoration work going on
at Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec.
Do you want to go to
Harvard? We have our very own Harvard University here in
Canada. Vintage Wings has teamed up with the Canada
Aviation Museum to bring three information-packed,
two-day ground schools dedicated to three of the most
important aircraft of WW II - the North American
Harvard, the P-40N Kittyhawk, and the FG-1D Corsair.
This month's Flight Safety
article is about resetting circuit breakers, or rather
when not to reset circuit breakers.
EAA SportAir Workshops in
Canada have been finalized. See the course outlines and
register early for your favorite course(s).
We sadly bring you the
news of two of our own that have left us and "Gone
And from the archives:
One Tiger Moth's odyssey to the EAA convention from
Prince Edward Island.
Enjoy! - Jack
PAYETTE - CANADA'S HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Astronaut Julie Payette, engineer, musician, and pilot,
who has logged more than 1200 flying hours and 25 days
in space, will be inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall
of Fame at its annual dinner in Vancouver on June 10,
Payette is a Canadian
engineer and a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut.
She has completed two space flights, STS-96 and STS-127.
She currently serves as Chief Astronaut for the CSA and
has served in other roles for both NASA and CSA such as
Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the STS-121 mission.
elementary and secondary schools in Montreal and in 1982
completed an international baccalaureate diploma at the
international United World College of the Atlantic in
South Wales, United Kingdom. She received a bachelor of
engineering cum laude from McGill in 1896 and a master
of applied science from the University of Toronto in
CANDY AT VINTAGE WINGS
Don MacNeil, a Vintage
Wings volunteer, gave Bits and Pieces the
following review of the activities ongoing at the
Vintage Wings hangar. Vintage Wings in Gatineau, Quebec,
offers the Canadian public an incredible flying aircraft
AND PIECES POLL
province would you like to visit by air?
BACK TO SCHOOL AT WARBIRD U
are two places where you can become a Harvard graduate.
One, we’ve heard, is somewhere in Massachusetts. The
other is right here at the Canada Aviation Museum
and the Vintage Wings of Canada facility.
Have you ever wanted to
know how the landing gear on a Harvard retracts, locks,
or drops? How best to do an aileron roll? Or how to do a
crosswind landing in this heavy taildragger?
Possibly you have always
wanted to ask, how do the wings fold on a Corsair? Or
how to start 18 massive cylinders and a 13-foot diameter
prop that weighs more than a small car? Or how to fly an
approach with 20 feet of nose blocking your view to the
runway? Or, damn it - just how the heck do you even get
in that big beast? Read
SAFETY: CIRCUIT BREAKER FAILURE
aircraft have little or no guidance on resetting circuit
breakers. The following FAA Special Airworthiness
Information Bulletin (CE-10-11R1,
Electrical: Fire Hazard in Resetting Circuit Breakers)
describes the sequences of events leading up to an
aircraft accident that may very well have occurred from
an uncontrollable fire that started before a circuit
breaker tripped. It includes recommendations for owners
and operators to deal with just such a problem, which is
a real possibility.
SPRUCE CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE
Spruce has upgraded its Canadian
website to accept orders. The site now has all the
features of the U.S. site but is dedicated to customers
throughout Canada. The site will show if stock is
available in their Brantford, Ontario, warehouse or when
they will be in stock. Shipping options are also
available now from their Brantford location. All prices
are in Canadian dollars only.|
WEST - EAA CHAPTER 245 LOSES COMRADE
Saturday, January 23, 2010, Andrew Phillips lost power
on his RV-7A and went down into a wooded section near
Madoc, a small town about 200 km southwest of Ottawa.
Search and rescue personnel found the wreckage at 10:30
p.m. Andrew perished in the accident. The flight started
with Andrew and two buddies flying from Carp to Lindsay
for the proverbial “$100 hamburger.” After lunch,
they were returning to Carp when Andrew and his aircraft
disappeared. Since they weren’t flying together, the
other two pilots weren’t aware of any problem. When
they tried to contact him on his radio and received no
reply, they turned back to search for him. Read
MEMORY: JOE ENGLISH
veteran Joe English, Lancaster pilot officer of Royal
Canadian Air Force Squadron 625, architect, artist, and
movie star, quietly "slipped the surly bonds of
Earth" on January 10, 2010.
Joe flew the full 30
missions of his tour over war-torn Europe without
receiving any damage to his aircraft. But his greatest
personal wartime accomplishment was to lead a squadron
of Lancasters at tree-top level over enemy-held Holland,
dropping food supplies in Operation Manna.
The Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum was filled recently with family and friends to celebrate the life of this extraordinary person and friend to all who were fortunate to know him. We remembered the keen interest that Joe had in virtually everything and everyone. Stories were told and tears were shed. Ron Groeneveld, a Dutch survivor of the war, shared that Joe had made him cry on three occasions: the first, when as a young man he saw the Lancasters drop the desperately needed food supplies over West Holland; the second, when he finally met the pilot of the Lancaster in Nanton, Alberta; and the third on Sunday, January 10, 2010.
|FROM THE ARCHIVES
Saga of 'CF-IVO', Sport Aviation, October 1959
With less than 170 days until EAA AirVenture
thoughts turn to planning an airborne pilgrimage. Rev.
John W. MacGillivray made just such a flight in a Tiger
Moth from RCAF Station, Summerside, on Prince Edward
Island where he served as a chaplain. In 1959 the
convention was in Rockford and he likened the aerial
view to what Christopher Columbus saw as he dreamt of
the New World. Read