EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 8  AUGUST 2010

There she was, in row 366 in the homebuilt aircraft section, Gus Chisholm’s original Bits and Pieces first flown at Goderich, Ontario, in 1958. Only the second amateur-built aircraft in Canada to receive a flight authority, and still beautiful and going strong.

I met with Brian Harrington, who had flown Bits and Pieces to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 from The Tiger Boys’ airpark in Guelph, Ontario. It took him nine flying hours, and here she was with a total of 732 hours on airframe and engine.

It was a good flight, he said, using about 40 gallons of fuel and taking 12 hours in total time. Read more

Bits and Pieces

As the much anticipated “Wings over Gatineau” approaches, aviation enthusiasts across the country are planning a gathering of friends to share a great air show and a great party!

And speaking of parties, Bill Beaton from Calgary (reportedly the party capital of the world) offers an “Old West”-style invitation to all his aviation buddies in his e-mail last week. Bill’s letter also highlights some important information for all aircraft heading off to the show! Read more

Golden Hawk

One of Canada’s most historic airports is being closed to make way for urban development. Edmonton City Centre Airport in Alberta closed one of its two runways earlier this month as Edmonton moves to shut it down.

In a recent e-mail to Bits and Pieces, Rob Seale laments the poor advocacy shown by the airport community. The despair apparent in his brief note is familiar and mirrors the sentiment of previous closures. Perhaps the aviation community has given up on saving valued airports. Read more

Another Airport on the chopping board

It was hard to miss the Airbus A380 last year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA member Terry Lutz was one of the pilots that brought the aircraft to AirVenture. Terry has been an experimental test pilot with Airbus since 2006, and the awe and wonder of the A380 overshadow many of the technical aspects Terry and his fellow test pilots deal with every day.

He built his own RV-8, and he told attendees at the AirVenture 2010 Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors Breakfast meeting in Oshkosh that electric-powered aircraft are the future of sport aviation. Read more

Terry Lutz
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, a leading distributor of homebuilt and certificated aircraft supplies, made a $100,000 donation to EAA to sponsor the new Homebuilders’ Hangar on the EAA grounds at Oshkosh.

Formally dedicated on July 26 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Homebuilders’ Hangar was buzzing with activity throughout the week with presentations by renowned aircraft designers and builders. Read more


Aviation lost a great man llast month (July 2010) when Ray Fiset passed away. Most pilots knew Ray as the fellow in the wheelchair who represented the Recreational Aircraft Association in Quebec, but he was much more than that.

In 1957 Ray was hit by a propeller when he dove to save someone who was unknowingly walking into it. Although that act of bravery put him into a wheelchair for life, it did not slow Ray down.

He built airplanes, operated an aviation machine shop, and attended the EAA fly-in convention for over 50 years where he set up and manned the information booth. No one has been a stronger supporter of aviation than Ray Fiset. Read more

Ray Fiset

One of the primary roles of the EAA Canadian Council is to advocate on behalf of all EAA members in Canada and to help reduce the regulatory barriers faced by other EAA members trying to fly recreational and general aviation aircraft into Canada.

During the council’s annual visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, we continued our very active role in this area by meeting with several government agencies to discuss cross-border aviation issues. Read more

Jack Dueck
The Top Ten Moments of AirVenture
Many are fortunate to attend AirVenture and many more attend online, but either way it's hard to see everything. From new product announcements to innovative aircraft, fine craftsmanship, and great aerial performances, AirVenture has many top moments.

Read more | Tell us your top moments
Top Moments
Top 10 AirVenture Videos
EAA Video kept a steady stream of videos flowing to the new EAA Video site during AirVenture. There were more than 347,520 views last week, but in case you missed a few, here are our Editor's Choice of the Top 10 AirVenture Videos. View the Top 10
Top Videos
AirVenture Fan Videos
Just days after Oshkosh we started receiving great videos shot by AirVenture fans. Jeff Leisz posted a stirring overview of Oshkosh with AirVenture 2010. Derek Haskins took a more introspective approach with his video Oshkosh Dreamin’. And Wesley “Slick” Perkins, whose 2009 AirVenture video has tallied nearly 1 million views since it debuted shortly after last year’s show, is back again. This time Slick presents an even more comprehensive look at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more
Fan Vids
Successful EAA Chapters are growing and finding new members. How can your chapter do the same? Learn how successful chapters grow and the mistakes that failing chapters make. Barry will share chapter recruiting and retention ideas that you can use to take your chapter to the next level. Big or small, there will be ideas for you to immediately start using which will help you attract new members and keep the members you have coming back. All are welcome – not just for chapter officers.

To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

Sport Aviation, December 1964
Flying the Pacific Coast in a ‘Homebuilt’

Volmer Jensen, EAA 4031, is partial to the amphibian, and he’s taken it many places that other vehicles can’t go. In 1964 he told of a trip he had always wanted to take, from southern California to Vancouver, B.C.

When Balboa looked over the hills of the Isthmus of Panama and called the ocean “Pacifico,” he couldn’t have been more correct! In the past five years, I’ve explored some of the more interesting spots of this coastline, and heard stories of so many more that I want to visit. Of course, I’m doing it the easiest way possible. There isn’t a place along the Pacific coastline where I can’t take my “Sportsman” amphibian, and if I live long enough, maybe I’ll fly to them all. But let’s explore part of the Pacific coast — the parts I’ve flown over — and conclude the tour with a visit to the islands north of Vancouver, B.C. in Canada, where I flew recently to see the first completed “Sportsman” built by Wright J. Chappell, a grandfather three times over.  Read the article

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