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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 2 FEBRUARY 2010

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.

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.

Jack Dueck
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 West."

And from the archives: One Tiger Moth's odyssey to the EAA convention from Prince Edward Island.

Enjoy!  - Jack Dueck, Editor

Chief 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, 2010.

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.

Payette attended 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 1990. Read more

Julie Payette

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 museum.  Read more

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There 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 more

Warbird U
Many 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.
Aircraft 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.
On 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 more Andrew Phillips
WW-II 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. Read more

Joe English
The 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 the article.
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