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From the Editor
Ian BrownFlying for $15 an Hour?, Canada Loses a Film Icon
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Sadly, we lost a young aviation director of photography, John Driftmier, last week. You can read the full article in this month's edition of Bits and Pieces. We will never know what aviation adventures he might have recorded in future years. He was an extremely creative young man with many credits to his name. A fellow pilot based at my home airport agreed to write about his trip to the Pipistrel factory in Slovenia for this issue. I'm sure you will enjoy reading about his trip, as I did. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Italian Alps Flying for $15/Hour in a Pipistrel
By Daniel Scopel

I fly an average of 500 hours a year in the province of Quebec, Canada. I can afford to fly so many hours because my Pipistrel Sinus only burns an average of less than 8 liters an hour regular mogas. I do not have too many surprise repairs, only normal wear to deal with. When I shut the engine off, I have more fun and I spend even less - about $15 per hour. Read more >>

John Driftmier Tragic Accident Takes Life of Canadian Filmmaker
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We were saddened to learn that Canadian director of photography John Driftmier and his pilot were killed in a plane crash on February 24 while on location in Kenya. Driftmier was 30 years old. Kenyan conservationist Dr. Anthony King was the pilot in the Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat that went down. They had been shooting footage for the Canadian Discovery Channel series Dangerous Flights, ironically about risky shuttle flights of light aircraft flown to their new owners. Read more >>

Damping Ratio Test Flight: Longitudinal Stability Tests
By Jack Dueck, Chairman - EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912

I am feeling more confident in and in tune with my aircraft as I progress through these various tests. Aircraft CF-BJJ is becoming more and more an intimate part of me and a living entity rather than an inanimate object. As I fly the various maneuvers, I find that my control inputs become natural, an extension of myself rather than a conscious control input with feedback to mark appropriate secondary and tertiary responses. Read more >>

The Canadian Champion Was Canada First in Electric Flight?
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Electric-powered flight is continually advancing in recent years, so it was notable to hear from Ken Dick, EAA 5610, about a report of a flight by an electric-powered airplane in Oakville, Ontario...on September, 10, 1908! Yes, that's right, 1908! Read more >>

Sabre Restoration Crew Restoring the Golden Hawks Canadair F86 Sabre Mk. 5
By Mark Seibutis, EAA 670580

These days I really have to force myself not to read the electronic edition of EAA Sport Aviation magazine so that I can enjoy the "analogue" (paper) version completely. Every time I pick it up, I'm amazed at the projects different people undertake and complete, sometimes through great adversity. Given that can-do spirit found throughout the organization and after numerous trips to Oshkosh talking with many builders/restorers, a small group of guys (mostly EAAers) decided to undertake a milestone project: the restoration of the Canadair F86 Mk. 5 Sabre - Golden Hawk. Read more >>

Zulu Headset Fly a Young Eagle for a Chance to Win a Lightspeed Headset!
By Brian O'Lena, Manager, EAA Young Eagles and Youth Pathways

In the December 2012 issue of Bits and Pieces, I asked you to consider flying or volunteering in the Young Eagles program. This month I will provide you with some extra incentive: the chance to win a Lightspeed Zulu headset. All pilots who fly Young Eagles in the United States and Canada are automatically entered to win a Lightspeed headset in our quarterly drawing, but this year we also have a special drawing just for new Young Eagles pilots in Canada. Read more >>


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