EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 3  JUNE 2011


We start this month's Bits and Pieces with a preview of what Canadians can expect at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and how they can connect with other Canadians at this busy event. Check out the "Canadians at AirVenture Oshkosh" article and add the uniquely Canadian items to your schedule. Also in this issue: flying cross-country in a J-3, Jack Hardock: the portrait of one Canadian airman, a look back at the history of Lyncrest Airport, and we look forward to one of you who might be interested in editing this newsletter. 
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Jack Dueck
By the time you're reading this, many of you already will have made plans to attend the greatest aviation show on earth, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25 to 31. What started back in 1953 as a small gathering of enthusiasts determined to build and fly their own aircraft has evolved into this mega aviation extravaganza! Typically with 12,000 arriving aircraft; 40,000 campers; 800 exhibitors each year. If something's happening in aviation, you'll see it at Oshkosh! 
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Canadians at AirVenture Oshkosh
Can't Miss Canadian Events at AirVenture 2011:
  • Open Forum - Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. - Pavilion 01
  • Ice Cream Social - Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m. - Partner Resource Center
  • Meet Your Canadian Council - EAA Canadian Tent - Daily

Can't Miss Aircraft:

  • Fairley Swordfish Mk.III
  • Westland Lysander IIIA 

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Display

  • North American Harvard IV
  • Fleet Finch II
  • Fairchild Cornell Mk.II
  • de Havilland Tiger Moth
EAA's reproduction of a 1909 Type XI Bleriot reproduction got about 8-10 feet off the ground earlier this month - flying for six to eight seconds over the turf runway at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Tom Hegy, EAA 6849, was pilot-in-command of the oil-spitting, 1909 Anzani-powered airplane and flew a short hop that was the culmination of several test runs throughout that weekend. Thanks to Vintage Wings of Canada's Rob Erdos, who designed the test flight program.
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Last issue's column on mogas supplemental type certificates (STCs) brought a number of comments, all of them warning of the use of ethanol as a cause for concern, which hasn't been sufficiently mitigated by a heavy ratio of avgas to mogas. Read more Mogas
We've just been informed that due to budget considerations, Transport Canada will not be attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. This is a keen disappointment to Canadian aviation buffs, who will miss the TC folks in the Federal Pavilion. The presence of Transport Canada officials at AirVenture allowed Canadians to catch up on aviation rules that affect our flying, aircraft building, and other related subjects. Read more
Charlie Vogelsong is getting out of the aircraft tubing business, but it won't be easy. The World War II B-17 pilot started selling aircraft bolts, hardware, and eventually 4130 steel tubing after the war to support his fellow pilots who still wanted to fly for fun. Some 65 years later Vogelsong has built Dillsburg Aeroplane Works near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, into a multi-million-dollar business that is the leading supplier of certified aircraft grade tubing, as well as a leading worldwide supplier of metal materials to Indy Car and NASCAR. Read more
I don't know about you, but I'm always up for a good cross-country tale. Jack Neima, founding president of rejuvenated EAA Chapter 63, Winnipeg, recently retired from his banking career with the Royal Bank, and he and wife Lianne have moved to Stanley, Nova Scotia. Jack shares his cross-country flight in his J-3. Enjoy the first of three parts of this cross-Canadian odyssey. Read Part 1 Cross Country
Jeff Rutan creates building plans
Thousands of people have built Rutan-designed aircraft, but soon you may be able to build nearly all of them including WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. Jeff Rutan and Cole Zellner, Burt's grandson and Jeff's nephew, have designed and built 60 models of both Rutan Aircraft Factory and Scaled Composites aircraft from LEGO-brand plastic building blocks. The 1/30- and 1/45-scale models are impressive and all 45 1/30-scale models will be on display as an exhibit at the EAA AirVenture Museum as part of "Rutan Day" at AirVenture 2011 and continue through the end of the year. 
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FLTPLAN.COM EXPANDS TO ALL OF CANADA, an online flight planning and flight plan filing service, now offers coverage to all of Canada. users can plan and file flight plans between any airport in the U.S. and a Canadian airport, or between any two airports in Canada. will offer complete weather forecasts and reports for Canada as it does in the U.S., including NOTAMs. Another helpful feature is seeing the routes other pilots have filed, and the routing issued by ATC for other flights between your departure and destination airports. For more information, click here.
Jack Hardock was born in Winnipeg and raised in Northern Ontario. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1951, choosing as his trade aircraft engine man or fitter over airframe rigger, ordnance, or electronics. "I saw the aircraft maintenance as a bigger challenge than flying because you had to keep up with new systems and materials," he says, "and there was always something new to learn. We worked in Harvards, Beech 18s, TBM Avengers, and Sea Furys." Spending a year and a half on the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent (known as "the Maggie" to her crew), he toured Bermuda, the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and up the Pacific West Coast to Vancouver. Jack recalls his life at sea. 
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Jack Hardock
Lyncrest Airport, located just southeast of Winnipeg, within the Perimeter Highway, began in 1958, developed by funds supplied by Donald Paterson of the Paterson Grain Company. Later Donald sold the property to the city of Winnipeg, but pilots continued to use it as an airport. Several times in its history, pilots struggled to find the funds needed to save it from termination, never expecting to see their money returned. Now two authors, Jill Oakes and Rick Riewe, have written about the small prairie airfield in a delightfully researched and detailed history that belongs in every Canadian aviation library. Here's the story of an airport that wouldn't die. 
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History of Lyncrest
Sport Aviation, March 1973
The KR-2

Jack Cox's 1973 article about the KR-2 started out like this:

In a recent phone conversation with one of our EAA Designees, I asked, "What's hot in your area?"

"Foam!" was the reply.

"Foam" was in reference to the "KR-1" homebuilt, the tiny monoplane for which nearly 5,000 sets of plans had been sold, putting it in rarified company with the Bensen Gyrocopter, Jeanies Teenie, VP-1, and BD-5 as the all-time sales leaders in homebuilts. At the time, designer Ken Rand estimated around 100 were flying with approximately 1,000 sets of plans sold in Canada, which is amazing when considering that in 1973 there were 2,577 Canadian members of EAA. Read the article

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AirVenture 2011: It's Time to Get Excited!
Haven't started your AirVenture planning yet? We have an exciting look ahead to AirVenture 2011, July 25-31, that should do the trick. Tributes to Hoover and Rutan! Concerts by REO Speedwagon, Aaron Tippin, and the Lt. Dan Band! Daily air shows - including an even bigger Night Air Show than last year! Watch the video | Camp Scholler Opens!
AirVenture 2011
A Miracle Homecoming
We found a delightful "teaser" of a planned video project chronicling the several-hundred-mile ground journey of the Miracle on the Hudson Airbus A320 fuselage from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch the video
A Miracle Homecoming
Getting a Lot of Static from Your Radios? Watch this Webinar!
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, offers tips and techniques for troubleshooting common electrical problems including short battery life, short alternator life, weak starting, charging system failures, and noise in the radios.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.



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