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Jack Dueck had been at the helm of Bits & Pieces since June, 2008 until September 2011. He made a superb contribution to Canadian Aviation over those three years and he continues in his other responsibilities on the Canadian council.

I have the privilege of introducing myself as the current editor. It would be impossible to fill Jack's shoes but I hope I can do a small part to keep the EAA spirit alive and growing in Canadian aviation..

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

Meet the Editor

My name is Ian Brown, I'm retired and I live in Bromont, QC. I was raised in England and left at age 34 for a job in Waukesha, Wisconsin, not too far from KOSH, our mecca. I have been a regular visitor to Airventure since before it was called that. In 1990 I moved to Guelph, Ontario, and spent 18 years travelling the breadth of Canada on business. I got to know a lot of airports and hotels and restaurants close by, but can't exactly claim to have done a lot of touring on my own time. My work was in the marketing of nuclear medicine products to medical specialists and nuclear physicists, so I may know your local hospital better than your airport. I retired at the end of 2007 and moved to Bromont so that my wife can be with people who speak her mother tongue for a change. It has been a great opportunity to brush up on my grammar school French. Even though we live in the Eastern townships, a historically anglophone area, all of our activities outside the home are conducted in French. Unfortunately we just do not have to time or resources at present to publish this newsletter in both languages.

I own an RV-9A which I built over 8 years (including a couple of house moves and a busy job). I went from a single car garage, then to a very large basement, then to a warmer single car garage, then to a well heated hangar. I can probably say quite a lot about the differences in these locations but I'll resist the temptation. There have been several recent articles about workshop choices and I don't think I have much to add.

It still blows me away that I can step into an aircraft I built with my own hands and fly until my bladder tells me to pull over. I'm looking forward to some day flying the Fisk approach in C-GOHM, but for now I'll look forward to seeing you at Airventure whatever mode of transport it took to get there.

Having worked with computers and software since they were driven by paper tape and punched cards, I have a fairly good level of computer literacy, and I am delighted that the editorship of Bits & Pieces gives me an excuse to sit at my computer more often.

I will do my best to make Bits & Pieces interesting, with a real focus on Canadian aviation issues and topics relevant to all EAA members north of the border. My email address is ixb@videotron.ca. I would be delighted to receive your comments, ideas for articles and any Canadian content items that you might already have. If you would like to see any change in focus don't hesitate to say so. The editor's role is to pull together the newsletter, and not necessarily to create all the content so I'm hoping that there are lots of willing authors out there.

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