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From the Editor
Ian BrownFlight Legs and Homebuilt Safety
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

There's an old joke about the man who picks up the phone, listens, and then says, "Yes, it is, isn't it?" His wife asks, "Who was that?" He replies, "I don't know, just someone who said it's a long distance from Los Angeles!" Well, this month we have an article from four people who know that trip - they flew from Steinbach, Manitoba, just about as far south in the United States as they could go, and back again. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Steinbach Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
By Amy Johnson, EAA 1087419, and Aaron Doherty, EAA 1004132

Every spring, the aviation students at Providence University College aviation program plan a cross-country flight for spring break. Commonly referred to simply as the "Prov Trip", it spans over 4,000 nautical miles, across nine states, and one province - all in fewer than two weeks. This year, three students building time toward commercial licences made the trek in a Piper Warrior, C-FEIN. Read more >>

Sabre Sarnia Sabre Golden Hawk Gets a Paint Job
By Mark Seibutis, EAA 670580

The team has been making steady progress on restoring the F86 Sabre that has stood guard over the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Sarnia, Ontario's Germain Park for many years. When we last spoke, the new aluminum panels were being fabricated. The work is being done much like we do in the construction of our Van's RV kits: cleco, drill, deburr, rivet.

Chris Falconar Is the Flying Flea Better?
By Chris Falconar, Counselor 266, EAA 2083

I would like to offer some comments to supplement the article in the July 2013 issue of Bits and Pieces about the Flying Flea aircraft. It is generally known that Falconar Avia Inc., in Edmonton, Alberta, and its predecessors have been selling plans, kits, parts, and supplies for several Flying Flea types for many years. These small tandem-wing aircraft were designed in France by the late Henri Mignet, who had little knowledge of aerodynamics. Read more >>

Flying Toys Flying Toys
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

On my last day at Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, I noticed a booth selling flying toys for very low prices. I thought "what the heck" and bought one for my grandson and one for myself. The gift, a quadcopter, all of $30, looked a little easier to fly and even had a button to get it to do 360-degree loops and rolls. The box mentioned a "choking hazard" but said nothing about the risks of blinding someone or shaving the dog! Read more >>

What Happens When the Clouds Close in Below You?
Ever been in this situation? You're enjoying the day, flying above some low clouds, and they begin to close in below you. What would you do? Well, if you are a current IFR-rated pilot, you should call centre and file an IFR flight plan. If you are not IFR-rated, you had better find a hole and get down below the ceiling quickly, because if you get stuck above the clouds, you have to declare an emergency. If you do that, the Transportation Safety Board will do an investigation.

Of course, if you have a VFR over-the-top (OTT) rating, you could proceed to a destination that you know has open skies, but that implies you must know that the arrival airport will have VMC (at least a higher ceiling than your present altitude) for at least one hour before and two hours after the time you would arrive. You also would need to have 1,000 feet vertical separation from the clouds below and at least 5,000 feet between clouds above and below you. In addition, you would need a heated pitot to fly legal VFR OTT.

Bottom line: As the old adage goes, it's better to be down wishing you were up than up wishing you were down.
Member Benefits
Webinar Webinar: Aircraft Safety & Risk Management
Attendees receive 2.5% aircraft insurance quote discount
What should a pilot do when weather conditions deteriorate significantly - press on or turn around? Or how about when the water is glassy and you're trying to land a float plane but can't find the water surface? Jack Dueck, a pilot, aircraft owner, and chair of EAA's Canadian Council, will help participants develop a safety attitude - from aircraft ownership and maintenance to pilot safety training and incident risk mitigation strategies - during a webinar scheduled May 27 at 7 p.m. CDT. The insurance underwriter for EAA's C-PLAN aircraft insurance program, Global Aerospace Canada, has graciously agreed to offer EAA members a discount of 2.5% off a quote for aircraft insurance by attending this webinar. Register for this webinar >>

C-PLAN EAA C-PLAN Aircraft Insurance Enhances Coverage
Good news for aircraft owners insuring their aircraft though EAA's C-PLAN aircraft insurance program. Global Aerospace Canada, C-PLAN underwriter, has approved EAA's request to enhance coverage for avionics, search and rescue, spares, baggage, trip interruption, and forced landing.

"The new coverage limits are a welcome addition to an already robust insurance plan," said Jack Dueck, EAA Canadian Council Chair and C-PLAN insured. "I think I can speak for EAA Canadian members in extending our gratitude to Global for putting together a quality insurance program for EAA members."

Visit EAA's insurance page for more information on the EAA C-PLAN aircraft insurance plan, or contact the C-PLAN administrative agent, Nacora Insurance Brokers Ltd, at 855-736-3407 (en français: 514-906-0005) or via e-mail.
Electronics Corner
Electronics Corner Dynon SkyView Installation in a Bush Caddy 164
By James Eby, EAA 786852

Progress on my Bush Caddy 164, equipped with a LOM 337C engine and MT constant-speed propeller, had reached the stage where the choice of instruments needed to be addressed. In the beginning I leaned toward the steam gauge installation with a more modern engine monitor. Familiar, simple, and my engine was equipped already with a vacuum pump. On the other hand, it is the 21st century and using 60-year-old technology, albeit proven, was an issue. The capabilities and array of modern EFIS and engine monitoring systems (EMSs) were overwhelming. Read more >>
Builders Tip
In researching a source of 3M micro bubbles for help in making an engine cowl blister, I found in a page on the U.S. Composites website that it also sold talc. I read that it was significantly heavier than glass micro bubbles, and I knew I didn't want to use it for that purpose. Then I read something interesting in the product description: "Talc can also be applied to skin to help prevent itching when working with fiberglass." Who knew?

Having worked with fiberglass for years and toughed out the itching sensation for the greater good, here's one person who is going to give this a try and soon. Let us know if you have any other tips for avoiding this particular problem.
Aviation Words
Well, no, it's not really an aviation word - and it won't be - but Dr. Michael Aziz, a researcher at Harvard University, recently wrote about it in Nature journal regarding a relatively low-cost solution to the problem of storing large amounts of electricity produced by solar and wind farms, or by charging from the grid. Read more >>
From the Archives
Keith Hopkinson, First Official Canadian Homebuilder
Keith Hopkinson of Goderich, Ontario, who obtained Authority of Flight Permit 001 for an amateur-built aircraft in Canada, passed away 50 years ago this month. His passing was reported by Paul Poberezny in the May 1964 issue of Sport Aviation. First flight in that aircraft took place on October 3, 1955, and was celebrated about 50 years later at a ceremony that included Keith's wife. That story includes another link to a fascinating article by Rem Walker reviewing the history of the development of amateur-built aircraft regulation in Canada.

Interestingly, amateur-built aircraft were called "ultralights" and the weight limit was 1,200 pounds. Aircraft were two-place maximum and aerobatic manoeuvres were not allowed - nor were dual controls. One wonders what the safety reasons were for that last item. The Canadian division of EAA was originally known as the Ultralight Aircraft Association of Canada.


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