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From the Editor
Ian BrownElectric Trike Flies in Canada - Sebring LSA Report
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Well, here we are in February already. The days are growing longer, and we just have a couple of months before the fly-in season gets back into top gear. We have some great articles for you this month. Jack Dueck presents the next in his series on flight-testing your homebuilt aircraft. If you simply want to improve your flying skills or go do something interesting with a flying friend, his article on testing power-on stalls this month should give you some ideas on what to do next time you fly out to the practice area. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Jordan Remillieux A Young Pilot's Start in Aviation - Flying in Puvirnituq
By Jordan Rémillieux

My first ride in a small plane was with my Uncle Ian. It is quite funny to say 10 years later that I didn't really realize what it was back then. I had fun, nothing more. Moving to the front seat a couple of years later was a whole other story; I never thought that first flight would ever lead me to pick up a few words of Inuit! Read more >>

Test Aircraft Test Flight: Power-On Stalls
By Jack Dueck, Chairman – EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912

In the last column, we covered the test flight for power-off stalls. We are now going to expand the test-flight envelope of this aircraft to power-on stalls at maximum takeoff weight. Again I refer the reader to that excellent reference FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 90-89A. Not only does this AC cover this particular maneuver and test, but it also has a great deal of information on preparing for the flight tests, conditions, and cautions to take, and in general how to prepare and carry out these tests progressively and safely. Read more >>

Trim Actuator Homebuilding Aircraft Inspection Techniques - Part 2
By Bill Evans, President - EAA Chapter 266, EAA 794228

Flight control failures are often fatal. Even seemingly unrelated things, such as a frozen fuselage drain, can result in frozen controls. On my homebuilt, the elevators have two hinges each but are joined by a torque tube. Hence, one piece with four hinges. One hinge failure may be survivable. However, the rudder is designed with just two hinges. A hinge failure, especially with the upper hinge, would probably result in a loss of control. Since it's only neutrally stable to begin with, a failure here is most serious. Read more >>
Electronics Corner
Flight Radar 24
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

For more than a century, people have been gazing skyward and wondering where the aircraft flying overhead was going, how high it was, and where it came from. If that object of your fascination is under the direction of air traffic control, you can now find out all about it on your desktop, laptop, or even your phone or tablet device. As they say, "There's an app for that." You can get a free version (with advertising) or pay $2.99 for the iPhone app and similar prices on other devices. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Alclad Word of the Month - Alclad

Alclad sheet aluminum is popular with aircraft homebuilders. A combination of corrosion resistance and high strength is achieved by coating heat-treated aluminum, copper, manganese, and magnesium alloy with a thin layer of high-purity aluminum. The name Alclad is a trademark of Alcoa but is also used as a generic term to describe corrosion-resistant aluminum sheet. Read more >>


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