EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 7 DECEMBER 2011


Everything We Expect for Christmas!
Well, here we are in December. This is my third issue of Bits and Pieces, and I hope you'll enjoy it. We seem to be getting everything we typically expect for Christmastime. My local ski hill opened up the last week in November. Snow and cold rain causes activity at most small airports to slow down. Christmas isn't far away, so it may be too late to be hinting for all those nice aviation-related gifts but isn't a bad link to paste somewhere on the bathroom mirror. Read more

Ian Brown
The number of signatures on the Canadian Air & Space Museum petition has grown more than seven times since we reported it as topping a thousand in October. The strengthening support for the museum may be due in some measure to the pugnacious investigative style of Canadian journalist Dale Goldhawk. In a series of interviews with both sides of the debate televised on the Rogers TV program Goldhawk Live and subsequently with Liberal Party interim leader Bob Rae, Goldhawk discussed the eviction of the Canadian Air & Space Museum. Read more Dale Goldhawk
Tanis Aircraft
Many North American pilots are surprised to learn that French is frequently used as a radiotelephony language for aeronautical communications in Quebec. Itís falsely assumed that English is the only permitted language in aviation. International Civil Aviation Organization regulations, however, allow considerable latitude for local languages to be used around the world, and while English is the norm for international traffic, French is widely used in Quebec and other areas of the world. Read more Flying in Quebec
If you're like me, you really enjoy the airport restaurant on a Saturday morning, a nice greasy breakfast, lashings of coffee, and good company. Our ritual is to push all the square tables together in a long row that keeps getting longer as people show up. There's always something to talk about, a favourite destination, a chat about the politics at the airport, some exchange of information about a technical issue. Read more Breakfast at the airport
It's not even the holidays yet, but the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Navy's Blue Angels, and the Army's Golden Knights are already thinking of spring. The three demonstration teams recently released their updated 2012 schedules and chances are they will be flying or performing somewhere near you. The Canadian Snowbirds have three new pilots, the RAF Red Arrows have resumed training after an accident last month, and the Malaysian air force has a new team that flies the EXTRA 300L. 
Read more
Military Demo Teams
Okay, maybe whither is an old word. Maybe a more current term might be "ADS-B, wassup?" Will automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) be causing concern among the low-altitude GA pilot throng in Canada, or can we relax? The implementation of 406 megahertz emergency locator transmitters (ELT`s) is still causing stress among the GA fleet. Much has been written about it, and the expense is an extra burden. What's the impact of ADS-B on the GA owner-pilot? Read more
Stanley N. Johnston died on August 20, 1998, at the age of just over 100 years. During his lifetime, he scratchbuilt six airplanes, the first in the 1920s and the last in the late '60s. His last aircraft, the Johnston Special, has come into my possession, and a long restoration process has begun. In this article, I'll describe how this happened. Read Part 2 | Part 1 Johnston Special
A real jewel can be found just 45 minutes east of Montreal. There's a beautiful Fokker D.VII at the Brome County Historical Society Museum in Knowlton, Quebec. It was captured at the end of World War I and shipped to the small lakeside village in the Eastern Townships, where it has been housed at the museum. It's one of only seven in existence, and believed to be the only one in its original condition. Read more Fokker D.VII
A Canadian helicopter rescue crew from British Columbia has won the Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue. Flying an AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant, which is part of the Canadian forces, the crew plucked a stranded hiker from the steep side of Hat Mountain in Cyprus Provincial Park, British Columbia last December. The rescue was a race against an approaching storm and featured challenges such as hovering in a small geographic bowl with the rotor blades meters from the cliff face. Read more AgustaWestland
There's a lot of confusion in Canada about our ultralight regulations mainly because a lot of what we read about ultralights originates in the United States where the rules are significantly different. Rules vary in Europe and other countries around the world as well, but we'll stick to the United States for this comparison. Read more
Sport Aviation, February 1959
The Original Bits and Pieces
The joy of building and finally flying your own aircraft seems as new and fresh reading it today as it was 52 years ago when Bob Chisholm of Goderich, Ontario, built a Baby Ace, which he called Bits and Pieces. Our newsletter was named in his honour. It was only the second homebuilt aircraft in Canada to be certified. Read the article
From the Archives
Airport - Aerodrome - Airfield - What's the difference?
This month's word is actually several words relating to the same place. Did you know that an aerodrome was first used as the name for an aircraft? Samuel Langley coined the term "aerodrome" after "hippodrome", the latter meaning a course or race for horses. Greek chariot races were held in a hippodrome. Langley decided to call his aircraft the Langley Aerodrome, and then Alexander Graham Bell adopted the term for his Aerial Experiment Association aircraft. In 1909, Silver Dart-the first Canadian aircraft to fly- was called Aerodrome 4. Read more
Aviation Words
Sirocket Twin-Jet Ultralight
It's called the Sirocket and it looks and flies like the name implies. Called a single-seat deregulated (SSDR) aircraft in the UK, the modified Sirocco microlight features two twin Jetcat P200SX large scale model turbines, each producing 52 pounds of thrust. Builder Dave Stephens has almost eliminated the wing dihedral and shortened them by 8 feet. Its first flight reached nearly 60 knots, but aileron flex prevented an attempt at the max speed of 80. Watch the video
Sirocket Twin-Jet Ultralight
A Look Back and the View Ahead
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower sat down this week for a 10-minute chat regarding where EAA stands at the close of 2011, what challenges are ahead for GA in 2012, and other things ranging from the coming Eagle Flights program to what to look for at Oshkosh next summer.
Watch the video here
Rod Hightower
All About Magnetos
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about magnetos, including how they work, functions of key components, failure modes, preventive maintenance, preflight and in-flight mag checks, high-altitude misfire causes and cures, troubleshooting ignition problems, and more.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. 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.



Follow us on Twitter Become a fan on Facebook  EAA Community - Oshkosh365 Subscribe to RSS Feed

We welcome your comments and suggestions.
 © Copyright 2011 Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.
3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh , WI 54902
800-236-4800 :: 920-426-4800

Disclaimer/Privacy policy