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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 5, No. 4 July 2012

AirVenture is here! The Oshkosh miracle is about to happen again. Hopefully we’ll have clear blue skies the whole week, but, hey, we’ll take what we get. What are you planning for your own trip if you’re fortunate enough to be attending this year? Read more Ian Brown
By Jack Dueck, EAA Canadian Representative, Homebuilders Advisory Council
The exhilaration and excitement of the first flight is slowly subsiding with the completion of flight number one. The months and years of work and preparation for this achievement have now been realized. It flies! The achievement of a successful first flight cannot be overstated. It culminates the completion of the building process, but coincidentally introduces the next chapter of a successful homebuilt aircraft construction project: the evaluation of its flying qualities throughout an operating flight envelope. Read more First Flight in Homebuilt
Tanis Aircraft
The beautiful tri-motor low-wing aircraft operated by JU-Air for Rimowa is coming to Canada for a stop at Waterloo Regional Airport. Rimowa has a division in Cambridge, Ontario, and it’s likely that some of its staff might be the lucky recipients of a memorable flight. Read more Junkers 52 Visits Candada
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
At a recent air show in Bromont, QC, I was able to interview our homegrown star of solo air show performance and Canada’s best competition aerobatic pilot. Pete McLeod grew up in Red Lake, Ontario, and by age 18 had already obtained his aerobatic instructor licence. Selected as one of the Red Bull athletes, Pete finished the 2010 season in fifth place overall. He is an extremely likeable, unassuming 28-year-old, who readily demonstrated his superb skills in very windy conditions. I met him while he was draining the fuel from his wings prior to rehearsing his air show routine. Apparently he does a lot of hands-on himself, like cleaning the aircraft before a show! Read the interview Red Bull Pilot Interview
June 30 to July 1 was the weekend of Les Faucheurs de Marguerites de Sherbrooke Airport. The name literally means “The Daisy Cutters” in English, and it is the old name for Quebec barnstormers. The Lucien Beaulieu Plans Built trophy is presented every year for the highest quality workmanship, along with as many as 12 “Daisies” for runners-up. There was a buffet dinner Saturday night followed by a dance. This was another excellent year for attendance, and fly-in pilots were rewarded with a $5 reduction in the cost of their breakfast. The runway was recently redone and they did an excellent job. The surface is super smooth. Congratulations to the organizing committee for another year of this outstanding fly-in. ‘Faucheurs de Marguerites de Sherbrooke’ Fly-In
Have you had problems trying to get a washer positioned, then a nut started in some place in your aircraft that’s just really difficult to access? Just as you’re about to start the nut, the washer falls off, and it falls into some place that was designed expressly as a home for lost washers! My favourite tip is Superglue! Just make the nut and washer temporarily one item. Also, a piece of electricians tape across the opening of the wrench can help hold the newly coupled washer and nut as you start the turn.
In this month’s From the Archives entry (July 1962 issue of Sport Aviation), we discover an article announcing the Gluhareff G8-2 propane-powered jet engine for homebuilt aircraft applications. It seems the original concept was as a tip jet for helicopter applications. As you will see, there is a reference to the “Gluhareff Helicopter Company, Redondo Beach, CA” at the end of the article. Fifty years later, we find a website, apparently operated by an Irina Gluhareff, keeping the dream alive. One wonders why the design never “took off”. Maybe it was something as simple as energy density of propane versus gasoline; gasoline has about 30 percent better energy density. Or maybe the G8-2 jet was just less fuel efficient in its basic design concept.

Check out the photo gallery. You could say that Gluhareff seems to have been quite a daredevil.

From the Archive
Now you can participate in the organization that began in the United States to help transport rescued animals to their new homes. Gini Green, based in Vancouver, B.C., began a dialogue earlier this year with Debi Boies, cofounder of the U.S. organization Pilots N Paws. Debi and pilot Jon Wehrenberg founded their volunteer organization in 2008, and they currently have 2,500 pilots registered and 8,300 volunteers, all dedicated to rescuing animals who might otherwise be destroyed for lack of a new home. This announcement was put out by Pilots N Paws Canada, so you can read more and maybe sign up as a volunteer pilot. PilotsnPaws
Word of the Month: Adiabatic
We all learned about the adiabatic lapse rate, either in Fahrenheit or Celsius, when we did our ground school. We were told that the temperature reduces on basically an even rate of 3.6°F or 2°C for every thousand feet in dry air, ~3 Deg C (5.4F) in moist air. Did you ever wonder what that word adiabatic actually means? Well, it means that the temperature is changing without the energy actually going anywhere else. The word literally means “cannot pass through”; there is no heat transfer. It’s purely the reduction in air pressure that results in a lower temperature, even though no calories are lost. A similar word is isocaloric, but let’s leave that for another time! In these warmer flying months, let’s just look forward to a quick reduction in air temperatures once we start climbing out.
This newsletter and much more are available on our EAA – Canada Facebook page. When we send things by mail we can count the number of recipients, but that’s not so with a Facebook page. The only way we can find out if you read it is if you “liked” it. We are a bit reluctant to say it too often. We know it can become annoying to be asked all the time, but please don’t hesitate to “like” anything you read. It lets us know you’re there. If you comment, so much the better, and we’ll certainly respond. EAACanada Facebook
If you are planning to fly to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the Flying into AirVenture webinar will be really useful to you since it reviews all aspects of flying into Wittman Regional Airport, including safety considerations and the aviation skills required.

There are some really useful webinars in the funnel for the coming months, including a good mix of piloting skills and equipment tutorials.

That’s it for July. We encourage you to give your feedback by sending us an e-mail or leaving comments on our EAA – Canada Facebook page with suggestions for subjects in future newsletter issues. See you in Oshkosh!



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