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From the Editor
Ian BrownInspections a Critical Part of Flying
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Sad news last month of an RV-7A that went down, killing the pilot/owner who was alone; apparently his aircraft broke up in flight. The pilot was Anthony C. Kelly of Sewell, New Jersey, and our thoughts go to his family. The aircraft parts were spread across several properties, and neighbours reported hearing parts landing on their roof prior to the aircraft impact. This is one of those cases where an experienced, active pilot came to his end through mechanical failure, as far as one can tell. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Homebuilding - It's About Time
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Budd Davisson, one of my favourite writers in Sport Aviation magazine, wrote a very interesting article about finding the time to construct a homebuilt aircraft. He made many good points, and you can read the full article in the May 2012 issue. (Yes, that tells you how far behind I am in my reading.) I'd like to add a few thoughts of my own which may be obvious, but I'm going to mention them, anyway! Read more >>

Crossing the Atlantic Crossing the Atlantic - Heroic or Mundane?
(A Mooney Returns to North America)

Submitted by Ben Hoeppner, EAA 593475

The flight was superb, the aircraft fantastic, the educational experience beyond all that preparatory measures, simulation, and anticipation could provide. Total distance was computed at 6,036.5 miles and total flight time was 22 hours. Total elapsed time from Tarbes, France, to Houston, Texas, was 46.5 hours. (Not too shabby for a small-town weekend pilot!) Read more >>

Canadian Aviation Heritage Museum Quebec's Early Fliers: Aviation Heritage Museum
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

The Canadian Aviation Heritage Museum, located on the McDonald campus grounds of McGill University at Saint Anne de Bellevue, is perhaps a secret too well kept. Its location is gorgeous and problematic; you can't fly there, and it's a good half an hour west of Montreal on the Trans Canada, assuming no traffic. But the activities going on inside are really surprising. We'll get back to that. Read more >>

How About a Bald Eagles Program?
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Many of you may have given youngsters a flight in the hope of inspiring them to become pilots or at least aficionados of aviation. To date, the EAA Young Eagles program has done an excellent job of introducing youngsters to the joy of that first flight - more than 1.8 million of them to be exact. It's a great program, and it has done a lot to introduce many young people to the possibility of flying. Read more >>

Eagle Flights EAA Eagle Flights Program
By Trevor Janz, Manager, EAA Chapters and Eagle Flights, EAA 656941

Eagle Flights launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2012, and our chapters have provided over 1,200 adults with an orientation ride through this program. Eagle Flights are for adults, and the rides are done in one-to-one experiences - not at events such as the Young Eagles rallies. The Eagle participant needs to be interested in engaging in the aviation community by joining your chapter and eventually taking lessons, even ground school.Read more >>

Sam Test Flight
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

My friend, Jean-Pierre Riendeau, agreed to fly me to Lachute Airport for a test flight of the new Sam, a Chipmunk/Harvard-styled kit aircraft which we have mentioned previously. By arrangement with Thierry Zibi, the proprietor, his test pilot, Raphaël Langumier, was on hand to allow me to put the Sam through its paces in the relatively short time we had. Read more >>

Airport Car Airport Car?
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

EAA Sport Aviation magazine has often featured airport cars, which are available as a courtesy to pilots. It's just one of those ways in which we're perhaps a bit spoiled, but it's a nice tradition and really convenient if you land at a small airport without a car rental or hotel nearby.

I thought I'd ask what your experience has been in Canada, and start things rolling with the choice available at my local airport. It just happens that the Raleigh factory is not too far away in Waterloo, Quebec.

The sign reads "Bicycles Available - Take Advantage of our Beautiful Region." It's a nice bike ride into our picturesque village of Bromont. (Except in a snowstorm!)

Zulu Still Time to Win a Lightspeed Zulu Headset
There is still plenty of great flying weather to fly a Young Eagle and be registered to win a Lightspeed Zulu headset. Just ask Keith Painton, EAA 789930, of Richlandtown, Pennsylvania, our first quarter winner, or Norm Leray, EAA 860109, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the lucky second quarter winner.

For the past two years, EAA has held an annual drawing for a Lightspeed Aviation Zulu headset. This year Lightspeed is graciously providing additional headsets to create quarterly prize drawings. To enter, simply fly at least one Young Eagle and submit the Young Eagles registration form (must be postmarked by the end of the quarter in which the flight occurs).

Young Eagles pilots are encouraged to send in their Young Eagles registration forms as soon after the flight as possible. The remaining drawings will be held for the periods of July 1 to September 30 (entries now closed) and October 1 to December 31.

In addition, please remember that we have an extra drawing just for Canadian first-time Young Eagles pilots, and you still have time to enter.
Builders Tip
JB Weld Clear Comparing Weld-On 3 and JB Weld Clear
I recently received my order of the acrylic adhesive Weld-On 3, so I thought I'd do a little experiment on a piece of acrylic to see how it compares with JB Weld Clear. I drilled some holes and filled them with either product just to see how transparent they became. It turns out that neither product becomes really transparent. Read more >>
Aviation Words
I was reading recently about the U.S. air traffic control mechanism for reporting to a supervisor if any controller allowed traffic to get closer than the minimum. It is known by pilots as the "snitch machine," and will automatically flag to a supervisor if any aircraft on a controller's watch got closer than the minimum distance from each other.

The word has a distinctively negative connotation, and these extremely well-trained controllers are qualified to deal with any conflicting circumstances that may arrive. While it's not necessarily a bad thing to have oversight and maybe a review of incidents like this, it's interesting to wonder whether the snitch machine itself has any other behavioural impacts such as negative reactions to interference with something you're dealing with. Does it increase stress in an already challenging job?

Anyway, you may be interested to know that while both Canadian and American systems record everything electronically in their own versions of a black box that can be replayed at any time, the Canadian system has no such snitch machine. Which environment would you rather work in? How about something like that in your car (other than the supervisor sitting next to you, that is)?
From the Archives
From the Archives: October 1963: Rockford...1963
Fifty years ago this month, a Sport Aviation issue reviewed the fly-in at Rockford, Illinois. Current EAA members can access all of the archive, but we're including a link to the October 1963 issue here.

Unfortunately, EAA's perfect record was broken; this issue reported that there had been fatalities for the first time - two resulting from an engine failure in the air show and two that were put down to pilot error. Neither accident could have been avoided by anything the EAA organization could have done. Read more >>


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