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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
Vol. 5, No. 5 August 2012
Well, it’s over for another year. The organization that goes into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each year is just stunning. I had the good fortune to visit the AirVenture Today offices and witness a hive of activity. If you’ve ever wondered about the daily AirVenture newspaper, there is a team of journalists working hard every day to a 5 p.m. deadline in order to bring you timely information about the upcoming day’s events and some fascinating stories about the previous day. The papers are distributed free every day, and it’s a credit to the EAA organizers that such a large amount of effort is put into this one item. Read more Ian Brown
By Jack Dueck, EAA Canadian Representative, EAA #337912
I've now completed my first flight in my new homebuilt. I've worked through all issues and corrected or addressed all snags, and I'm now ready to continue the test-flight phase of 25 hours as mandated by Transport Canada. This brings up an entirely new concern. In most cases the pilot (and owner) of a new homebuilt will be faced with a new, untested airframe, together with a new or rebuilt engine that requires proper engine break-in. Read more Test-Flying My New HomeBuild - Engine Break-In
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International visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are treated to a super welcoming party. You are encouraged to participate if it is part of the AirVenture Oshkosh tradition that you have missed in the past. All visiting Canadians have to do to attend the event is to show up at the International Visitors Tent (IVT) and sign the Canadian book. A helpful volunteer dealing with your country will give you a badge and a wristband to gain access to the Friday evening party. It is held at the beautiful nature centre building, with wine, beer, and a tasty buffet provided free of charge. Read more
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA #657159
One very visible regular feature at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh every year is a big red bus in Camp Scholler plastered with Canadian flags and a sign indicating that the group is from Brussels, Ontario. This is a little town about 50 miles due north of London, home to Jim and Leona Armstrong and family. They have been attending the annual fly-in since Rockford, Illinois. The Armstrong's are a great example of how the Oshkosh spirit has the ability to self-propagate-not through any commercial idea but through a shared love of flying and of treating your fellow man decently. Read the interview Interview with the Man with the Big Red Bus
The weather was perfect for the evening air show on 21 July 2012 at the Shuttleworth Collection (Old Warden) in Bedfordshire, just an hour north of London, UK. Some of the oldest flying aircraft in the world are flown by expert pilots who seem to succeed in making the very difficult look easy. An original Bleriot XI, the aircraft type that first crossed the English Channel, dating back to 1909, was flown the length of the runway. Read more Bleriot XI
Any builder who has built an aircraft with “wet wing” tanks will know the trepidation with which the test is begun to find out whether the tanks actually hold without leaking. You definitely do not want to test them by filling them with avgas in case a leak needs to be fixed or filling them with high-pressure air which can cause seams to blow out. Testing with low-pressure air, in my experience, is fraught with the risk that you don’t actually know whether a slow loss of air is due to a leaking balloon or a bad seal around the filler cap or whether it’s the tank itself. Read more Leaking Seam
Consider a website produced by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - the Aviation Weather Center/Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) - At first glance you would think website had nothing to offer for Canadians because the map seems to stop at the border, but it is really quite an effective one-stop shopping point for North American weather including Canada. NOAA provides all of the satellite input to the site. You can get access to Canadian TAFs, METARs, and a file called "stations.txt" in which you can find your nearest weather stations if you don't remember all the International Civil Aviation Organization's international IDs for your local airports which provide TAFs. Read more ADDS Aviation Weather
Word of the Month: Mayday
Since we live in a bilingual country, many of you may already know that the international distress calls Mayday and Pan-Pan derive from the French words m'aider (help me) and panne (breakdown). You would refer to your car breaking down as être en panne.

Did you know that both are also used in shipping? The call "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" is used when the aircraft or vessel and crew are in immediate danger and in need of help. Pan-Pan is used when the aircraft wishes to report a problem that they are trying to deal with. When either call is used on an aircraft radio, it's also important to notify the called frequency if and when the issue is resolved.

A useful TLA (or three-letter acronym) to remember the application of PAN is "possible assistance needed," indicating you have a problem, like an engine-out, but that you are trying to deal with it for the moment. There are several recent examples where Pan-Pan was the last call an aircraft made because the moment a Mayday call becomes necessary you are trying to fly the aircraft; there is nothing anyone else can do to help.

With good fortune, and a well-maintained aircraft, you will never need to use either of these, and hopefully you won't hear them on your frequency either.


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