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From the Editor
Ian BrownInspecting your Aircraft - It's a State of Mind
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

As I write this I note that snow is forecasted for my home airport on April 2, but overall there is a warming trend. (Finally!) In the land of my birth there is an expression: "There's nowt se queer as folks." Considering our winter, I think that equally applies to the weather. These days there's nowt se queer as a Canadian winter. Let's all hope that April brings with it the start of an excellent flying season. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Our Airadventure Our Airadventure
By Kathy Reducka and Bruce Wheaton, EAA Chapter 245, Ottawa

It is now a year and a half since our vacation in New Zealand with Airadventures, and we are still raving about the trip. It was by far one of our best holiday experiences. If you are a pilot and would like to experience New Zealand in a unique way, I would highly recommend Airadventures. Graeme Donald, the pilot and proprietor, was extremely knowledgeable about licensing requirements and procedures, and he was able to expedite Bruce's private pilot certificate. Read more >>

Aircraft Inspection Aircraft Inspection Techniques - Part 3
Preparing Yourself - Clear Your Time
By Bill Evans, President - EAA Chapter 266, EAA 794228

Inspecting your aircraft is not something you can do well with any number of other things happening. You also will not do well if you have "Blood, Sweat & Tears" blasting on the hangar stereo. Turn off the phones. Whatever it may be, it will have to wait. Read more >>

SportAir Workshops SportAir Workshops Come to Canada in May
EAA SportAir Workshops will conduct a pair of courses the weekend of May 4 to 5 in High River, Alberta. They are "Annual Inspections for Amateur-Built Aircraft" and "Test-Flying and Developing the POH for Your Homebuilt". Courses will be held at the High River Regional Airport (CEN-4), located 50 kilometers south of Calgary. Read more >>

Lateral Stability
By Jack Dueck, Chairman - EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912

At this stage of the flight-test program, stability tests approach an academic status. However, to continue to learn more about the aircraft and its tendencies in reacting to flight disturbances (either by pilot input or by dynamic airflow disturbances), we will still explore directional stability as well as spiral stability tendencies for this RV-9A.
Electronics Corner
GPS and iPads
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Have any of you noticed how many devices that integrate with Apple's iPad to improve the in-flight experience? Just looking at external GPS antennas that improve the accuracy of navigation apps and promote the not-so-humble iPad to the status of WAAS-enabled status boggles the mind. If anyone has experience with these iPad add-ons or any other aviation-related electronics, we'd love to hear from you. Did you just upgrade some electronics in your flight bag? We'd love to hear about that, too.

You might also notice an app called LiveATC Air Radio from for $2.99 for an iPhone or iPad. (Also available for Android devices.) You can access from your computer for free. It's fascinating to listen to air traffic controllers keeping the skies safe.
Builders Tip
Tube Forming
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

This handy tip comes out of the Sport Aviation archives for the month of April 1963, exactly 50 years ago. The author mentions spending 30 years before he discovered this useful application of a rubber mallet, and it seems that 50 years later it is still a great tip to have in your back pocket. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Duralumin, Dural
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

In researching the archives for Builders' Tips this month, the author came upon the use of the word "dural". A small amount of reading led him to this description in Wikipedia of an aluminum alloy no longer used but was common 50 years ago. Read more >>
From the Archives
April 1963 - London, Ontario, Chapter 112 Report
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

It is 50 years ago this month that the now defunct London Chapter 112 reported on Transport Canada's (then Department of Transportation's) decision to allow homebuilders, who were also pilots, to test-fly their own aircraft rather than hire a professional pilot. Here's the full text of the report.

It is interesting to note that wise advice today would still be to hire someone with experience in type, who has test-flown other aircraft, but our series on test-flying your own homebuilt aircraft is invaluable to those skilled enough to take on the challenge.

The closest active EAA chapter to London is located in Brantford, whose president is Scott Adams of Aircraft Spruce.


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