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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 5, No. 1 JANUARY 2012

My EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 DVD arrived - did yours? I had a chance to review it over the holidays, having failed to get to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh because of weather this year. As well as a really great overview of AirVenture, there are extras which give you more footage of the night air show, the floatplane base, and a feature about the early air mail system in the United States and how it formed the foundation for the first airlines. The only thing I missed was more. I just wanted more. Read more Ian Brown
Since you're reading this article online, you're already in the demographic of those pilots who are more computer savvy. This means you probably use a computer or handheld for other things including flying. Each month we hope to include an item on electronic products and techniques to make your flying easier and safer without any commercial influence in the selection of articles. Read more CoPilot
Tanis Aircraft
I prepare my aircraft for not being flown in the winter. How about you? I've developed my own routine, but I'd be interested in what you do. Let us know what you do to make sure your aircraft passes the winter with no scars. I'm sure none of us would like to have our aircraft wind up like this one. Read more Winterize
I recently attended a NavCanada how-goes-it (Area Operations Consultation) meeting on behalf of the EAA Canadian Council. I received good news and bad news. The bad news is that NavCanada is understaffed and overworked. The good news is that NavCanada is understaffed and overworked, so it doesn't have time to address many concerns that aircraft groups are likely to have. Its priority is to the airlines because the airlines are the largest users of the system and also are the largest financial contributors to the system. Light aircraft concerns are looked at when time permits. Read more NavCanada
Amateur-built aircraft now comprise the larger number of light recreational aircraft seen at fly-ins, aviation conventions, and air shows. Not surprising then that one kit manufacturer alone has some 11 new aircraft completing a first flight somewhere in the world every single week. A large industry has developed serving the needs of these aircraft builders. And although critics will continue to argue the pros and cons of building one's own aircraft, amateur-built aircraft are here to stay. Read more F-1 Rocket
Ultralight Licencing and Operations (including Sport Pilot)
In the previous article, I discussed the differences between the U.S. ultralight vehicle and the Canadian ultralight aeroplane. I also included information on the U.S. light-sport aircraft (LSA) because of the similarities with the Canadian advanced ultralight aeroplane (AULA). Read more
Amateur-built aircraft in Canada must consist of a "major portion" built by the amateur or someone under his/her direction. Obviously certain components could never be constructed by an amateur, but the spirit of the rule is to ensure that "amateur-built" isn't being used as a means to sidestep certified aircraft regulations. One major difference between Canadian and U.S. regulations is that Canadians have the possibility of having unlimited "professional assistance" in constructing their aircraft. Read more
More and more VFR pilots are requesting flight following with local air traffic control, but what is it? One of the more important aspects to remember is, you are still VFR and must still operate under "see and be seen" VFR rules. Flight following isn't a clearance through any controlled or restricted airspace. Although you're talking to a controller, he isn't controlling your flight. Read more
Aircraft flown in to the 1963 EAA Fly-in Convention
Sport Aviation, October 1963

This month's "From the Archives" comes from 1963, when they had the luxury of listing every aircraft that attended the EAA fly-in convention. As you'll notice, there are several interesting tidbits. A previous "From the Archives" covered the Tiger Moth flight of Reverend J.W. McGillivray from New Brunswick. His aircraft is listed. You can also see that there were two de Havilland Tiger Moths and a Chipmunk flown in from Ontario. Two recent Bits and Pieces articles written by J. Davis related the tale of the Johnston Special and its designer and builder including his current attempts at rebuilding it. Evidently it was flown to the fly-in in '63 by H. Dinnin of Wallacetown, Ontario. Maybe someone out there has information about these intrepid early attendees at the EAA fly-in. Read more

As Canadian as Maple Syrup and Ailerons!
Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell's Aviation Experiment Association in Canada invented the first successful aileron? Although M.P.W. Boulton, a British inventor, had obtained a patent in 1868 on aileron and in fact coined the term, which derives from the French for "little wing", the evidence shows the first heavier-than-air engine-driven machine that actually flew successfully with ailerons came from the Aviation Experiment Association. Read more
AEA Aileron
Journey back to Oshkosh and relive the best moments of EAA AirVenture 2011 with the official highlight DVD, now 20 percent off at Watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner make its public debut; see the world's only flying B-29, "FIFI", wow spectators young and old; celebrate the aviation achievements of Bob Hoover and Burt Rutan; and bask in the world's best examples of aircraft of all types. Pick up the official DVD before February 2, 2012, to receive a special price. Plus, don't forget to check out EAA's 2011 top-selling books and DVDs, now up to 30 percent off. You can order a copy here, or call toll-free, 800-564-6322, and this DVD can be yours for the price of a couple of gallons of Canadian avgas! AirVenture DVD
In February there are some excellent EAA webinars of interest to all aircraft owners. Mike Busch presents "Deciding When to Overhaul" on February 1, then on February 8 Robert Helms will discuss "UL Power Aero Engines." Jeremy Monnet of Sonex talks about his company's Onex Kit aircraft on February 15, then Don Weaver presents, "15 Habits for Good Radio Communication," on February 22. The month wraps up with Dick Van Grunsven leading a session about "The History and Restoration of the Original RV-1." Learn more and register for these great programs at the links above,

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.



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