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From the Editor
Ian BrownRed Bull Is Back - Go, Pete, Go!
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Our Canadian entrant in the Red Bull Air Race series, Pete McLeod, did extremely well the first weekend of this month in Abu Dhabi when he finished first in the qualifying and third behind Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain and Hannes Arch of Austria in the final four races. Only six-tenths of a second separated the winner from third place. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Antarctic Tracing Aviation History in the Antarctic
By Jay Davis, EAA 588164

In January I was lucky enough to spend nearly two weeks in Antarctica. After flying commercially from Toronto to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, I boarded the Ocean Diamond, an expedition ship, to explore a small part of the massive Antarctic continent at the base of our planet. Read more >>

Airport Haliburton/Stanhope Airport Gets a $12.2 Million Facelift
By Doug Martin, EAA 657164

The Forestry and Fire Fighting divisions of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will invest $12.2 million in a move of their headquarters to Haliburton/Stanhope Airport. As well as constructing a new building, they will be moving two helicopters and two Twin Otters, which have already been based out of Stanhope for the last 12 years. Read more >>

Cool Tool Cool Tool - The Knipex Pliers Wrench
By Mark Briggs, EAA 795537

Pilots love their gadgets, and while many of us are pilots and have steamer trunk-sized flight bags overflowing with all the latest gee-whiz electronic gadgetry, we have to acknowledge that much of that gadgetry will be rendered obsolete in a precious few years, thanks to the ever-beating drum of the march of technological advancement. The other half of our split personality, the aircraft builder and maintainer side of us, generally lives with tools that have evolved very little in the past decade or two (or 10!). Read more >>

Man Cave Unique Owner-Maintained Grumman Cheetah!
By Ray Toews, EAA 123664

The last time I checked, I am still the only Grumman Cheetah owner in Canada to go owner maintenance (OM). I have built a couple of ultralights, but what I really like to do is modify or "improve on" other peoples' designs. I am having a great time improving my Cheetah - simpler exhaust, improved air box, electronic ignition, throttle quadrant, and my upcoming improvement, a smoke system. Read more >>

Arthur Ord-Hume An Aircraft Designer/Builder
(With Canadian Connections)

As I mentioned in my editorial, I communicated with Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume of Surrey, England, via e-mail. He is still active, though retired. He is presently engaged in preparing more books from a very large database of early aviation photographs. I hope you enjoy the following transcript of our conversation. - Editor

The following contains excerpts of an exclusive e-mail exchange with Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume of Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom. Ord-Hume is an aircraft designer, builder, and restorer; author; and mechanical musical instrument historian. Read more >>

Zenair Zenair Marks 40th Year in 2014
One of North America's leading manufacturers of recreational aircraft kits is turning 40 this year. Zenair Limited was founded by Chris Heintz in his 2-car garage in 1974; the company moved to its current 15,000 square foot facilities on the Huronia Airport (Ontario, Canada) over 30 years ago. Now directed by the founder's sons, the family-owned business (together with Zenith Aircraft Company in the United States) makes complete kits for a number of popular 2 and 4-seat all-metal designs as well as light aircraft floats. Read more >>
Electronics Corner
Electronics Corner Gillham Code vs. Serial Interface
You may know that blind encoders pass information to transponders and other devices via a choice of either Gillham code or serial interfaces. What you may not understand are some subtle differences between these two and how to use that information to diagnose problems with altitude reporting. Read more >>
Builders Tip
Builders' Tip Altitude Encoder Y-Adapter
Y-adapter, you say? Y not? It's the solution to a problem of getting the signals out of an altitude encoder to more than one device - in this case, a panel-mounted GPS and a transponder. In discussing this with avionics expert Mark Briggs, who flies out of Carp, Ontario, we were chewing over the best way to get the altitude encoder Gray code out to more than one device. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Dipstick
This is probably a word that is most obvious in its origin. It's a stick used for dipping! So why are we featuring it as this month's aviation word? Well, EAA's engine guru and frequent contributor to several aviation publications, Mike Busch, tells us that we can learn a lot from the simple dipstick. Read more >>
From the Archives
Wittily Written Account of a U.K. Homebuilder's Experience
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

If you are building an aircraft, you will undoubtedly enjoy this article from 50 years ago by Arthur Ord-Hume, English pilot. He recounted his sadness at being unable to attend the fly-ins at Rockford, Illinois, and Rouen, France, but went on to relate the tale of his construction of a Luton Minor and his tongue-in-cheek surprise that the thing actually flew, just in time for the Popular Flying Association's annual get-together. He described it as "flying like a well-rigged boot" with a takeoff run of 85 yards and a cruising speed of 45 knots at 70 percent power. Read more >>

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