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June 2013: Vol. 6, No. 6 Newsletters : : EAA Forums : : Past Issues : : Contact EAA Facebook EAA Twitter
AirVenture 2013
International Visitors Tent New EAA Canada Area at Oshkosh
By Jack Dueck, Chairman - EAA Canadian Council, EAA 337912

Canadian visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will have a permanent home beginning at this year's event. We have a 40 foot x 80 foot space next to the International Visitors Tent that is going to be reserved for the Canadian Council permanently. We want to find one or two cool Canadian amateur-built aircraft to display in the remaining 40 foot x 40 foot space. If you are bringing such a project to AirVenture, please let me know via e-mail. Read more >>

Flying into AirVenture Tips and Reminders for Flying into AirVenture
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Pilots flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh probably have a copy of the NOTAM already, but if not you can download it here. Don't forget to check out page 28 for instructions specific to Canadians. If you are flying an amateur-built or an ultralight, you will need to download a copy of the FAA special flight authorization (SFA) and carry it in your aircraft at all times while in U.S. airspace. As a Canadian, you do not need to apply for permission to fly your amateur-built aircraft; simply keep the SFA in your aircraft. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Intergranular Corrosion Aircraft Inspection Techniques - Part 5
By Bill Evans, President - EAA Chapter 266, EAA 794228

Last month, Part 4 of this series completed the study of inspection tools. This month in Part 5 we continue the study of aircraft inspections with the structural inspection process. There are three main levels of inspection: surveillance inspection, external inspection, and internal inspection. Read more >>

Doug Rebuilding After a Flip-Over
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

You were promised an update on the rebuilding of the editor's RV-9A after its flip-over in September last year. After time spent in Florida this winter, it became time to start work in earnest, and what better way than with a friend who volunteers to help? You don't always have the opportunity to pick your volunteers or their skill sets, so if they have appropriate skills and a disposition toward working easily with you, you're lucky. Read more >>
Electronics Corner
Global Incident Map Electronics Corner - Global Incident Map
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Picture a situation where, instead of small-minded organizations which pretty much kept their own information to themselves, everyone communicated what data they had to as many people as were interested, regardless of nationality, background, or profession. That magical world has, in large part, arrived. Read more >>
Builders Tip
Flush Patches Flush Patches
By Jim Fair, EAA 831246

We sometimes made flush patches when I was working for Canadian Pacific Airlines. There are size limits that must be respected, and corrosion protection is a must. Alodine conversion coating and chromated epoxy primer was specified for our airliners (Boeing and Douglas). A two-part sealer was also applied between the layers of metal, rolled on with a small paint roller once the primer had hardened for the specified time (8 hours). This was to keep moisture out and pressure in. Solid rivets were used only.

Another requirement was that the "plug" not contact the skin cutout, but maintain a gap of 0.03 inch. This was to prevent rubbing of the two sheet edges, which would be a cause of corrosion. A well-done flush patch is a thing of beauty.

Plug patches work equally well on pressurized airliners and homebuilt aircraft.

This graphic from AC 43-13b is information-packed. A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words.
Aviation Words
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

So we Canadians spell things more like our British and French forefathers than Americans do. Words are spelt the same way in both Canadian English and British English, and we use many French spellings. "Centre" is the facility that houses the air traffic controller we need to speak to during a cross-country trip or whenever we need to enter controlled airspace. Do you know what the word means? Well, it can get to be a bit confusing since 1-866-WXBRIEF connects you to another "centre", the Flight Information Centre or FIC. This facility houses the flight service specialists who offer weather and flight plan services. Read more >>
From the Archives
From the Archives June 1963 - One Ontario Pietenpol Builder
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Fifty years ago this month, 26-year-old Canadian C. Nelson Gain, EAA 8670, of 224 St. Clarence, Toronto, Ontario, was able to mount his Pietenpol Aircamper on its Piper J3 gear for the first time. It almost filled his backyard. He would be 76 now. Does anyone know if he is still around and flying?

It appears that Nelson Gain moved to Owen Sound and that an Ultravia Pelican Club owned by him was involved in an accident that may have destroyed the aircraft. There were no fatalities, and the two survivors were taken to Grey Bruce Regional Hospital in Owen Sound. It was not clear whether he owned the aircraft or was in it at the time of the accident. The last reference to Nelson Gain in the Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry was the cancellation of a registration in 1993.

The Aircamper is the essence of homebuilding. It was the first aircraft design that could be built by the average woodworker with a minimal set of tools, and it is still being built today by those who dream of someday flying an aircraft that they built themselves.


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