EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 5  MAY 2010

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) President Kevin Psutka said in a Web posting last week that Canada's Transport Minister has reversed a recent decision and will now require all aircraft operating in Canada to be equipped with an ELT that broadcasts on both 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz frequencies. COPA had won an agreement with the minister to not require private aircraft to comply with the 406 requirement but they warned their members at the time that the rule had not been finalized.

Psutka suggests in his post that Canadian defense officials lobbied Canada's Treasury Board, which is one of the final steps for a Canadian law, to implement the 406 requirement. He says since the Board overruled the decision, the Transport Minister has indicated he will not fight the ruling. The ruling includes all aircraft operating in Canada including foreign registered aircraft. COPA did win a few concessions including a transition period of two years for aircraft operated commercially and three years for privately owned aircraft.

Want to be part of the plan to get as many de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunks as possible to Oshkosh this year?

If you own or fly a Chipmunk or know someone that does, please pass your/their contact details to Carol de Solla Atkin who is leading the project and generating an email list to communicate and coordinate the effort.

There are 7 confirmed Chipmunks at the moment, but estimates are this number will grow significantly.

Carol brought WK559 to Oshkosh in 2005 and is planning to bring WK588 and WD288 this year from Michigan and Minnesota respectively. Carol can be reached at

Q. With the 406 ELT requirement in Canada likely to be enacted, do you plan to upgrade your aircraft?
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Homebuilders are keenly aware of the requirement for a yearly maintenance check of their airplanes. That's probably one of the very good reasons they chose homebuilding - to reduce costs and gain control of maintaining their aircraft. Several years ago, the EAA Canadian Council recognized a need for homebuilders to become equipped to deal with these issues. The thinking was that since EAA SportAir Workshops offered the venue for many different subjects, why not use this same venue for a Canadian homebuilders "Annual Inspection and Airworthiness" structured course of studies? Read more First Canadian EAA SportAir Workshop a Success
The Froebe brothers of Homewood, Manitoba - Douglas, Nicholas, and Theodore - designed and flew a helicopter sometime in 1938 or 1939. It's even suggested that they may have taken off vertically ahead of Ukranian-born designer Igor Sikorsky, who flew his prototype helicopter on September 14, 1939. The Froebes' first flights weren't documented very well, and their craft never made it into production. While it may never be known if they were first in the world, they did build and fly Canada's first helicopter. Read more Canada's First Helicopter
Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is featuring an "Aircraft Display" scheduled for June 19 and 20 at Stevenson Campus/Red River College Winnipeg. This should be an interesting venue for aviation buffs and a chance to show off your own aircraft. Read more
In last month's Bits and Pieces, we ran an article about the debate swirling around the fate of a Mosquito and a Hurricane aircraft currently owned by the City of Calgary. At stake was the question of whether the Mosquito should be sold to a restorer in the United Kingdom for restoration to flying condition or whether it should be kept here and put into a static display which would render total restoration at a later date unrealistic. This article prompted a lengthy response from Paul Gregory, a local individual vitally interested in the debate. Read more Mosquito
Once you've finished your homebuilt project, what are you going to do with it? Start it up, blast off, and hope for the best? Hey, it looks like an airplane, and it's licensed like an airplane, and it probably cost like an airplane, but until you test it, you don't know what you really have. Do you have something that you will be able to trust or something that's waiting to bite you? Read more SportAir Workshop Flight Test Course
Time is running out for Canadian pilots to apply for a new license from Transport Canada. The new style of license incorporates several requirements mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization regarding security and fraud. Pilots who submit their application before the June 30 deadline will be issued a temporary certificate while their application is being processed. Currently there is a backlog and those who wait until after the deadline to apply miss out on the temporary certificate option and their license will be invalid until their new one arrives. An application can be found here. Pilot license
Trans Canada Flight 78
Sport Aviation, March 1979
I hadn't slept for more than 40 hours, and there I was having difficulty going to sleep. While this may sound incongruous, there was a reasonable explanation. I had just completed a project which had occupied my mind for more than a year ... I had just landed after a record making flight, had been greeted by good friends and a corps of media representatives, so my adrenalin was still running high. Because my excitement was taking some time to run down, I exercised my mind by reviewing the events which led me to a hotel room in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the 2nd day of July, 1978. My predicament goes back one year, to June 1977, when I had the delightful opportunity of helping Harold Allsop fly off the time on his brand new Tri-Zenith. Click here to read the story
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