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Introducing the New Editor

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

Ian Brown

Jack Dueck has been at the helm of Bits and Pieces since June of 2008. He has made a superb contribution to Canadian aviation over the last three years. Jack recently announced that he would like a break but he will continue in his other responsibilities on the EAA Canadian Council. I now have the privilege of introducing myself as the new editor. It would be impossible to fill Jack’s shoes; I hope I can do a small part to keep the EAA spirit alive and growing in Canadian aviation.

My name is Ian Brown. I’m 62 years old, retired, and I live in Bromont, Quebec. I was raised in England and left at age 34 for a job in Waukesha, Wisconsin, not too far from KOSH, our mecca. I was a regular visitor to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 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 I 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 English schoolboy French. Hint - it’s different!

I own an RV-9A which I built over eight 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 don’t fly as much as I’d like to, so I’m looking forward to going to more fly-ins next season. I flew halfway to Oshkosh in 2011 before weather sent us home again. Maybe 2012 will be the year of the Fisk approach for C-GOHM.

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’m delighted that the editorship of Bits and Pieces gives me an excuse to sit at my computer more often.

As I said, Jack’s are big shoes to fill, but I’ll do my best to make Bits and Pieces interesting, with a real focus on Canadian aviation issues and topics relevant to all EAA members north of the border. I would be delighted to receive your comments, ideas for articles, and any Canadian content items that you might already have. My e-mail address is ixb@videotron.ca. 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, not necessarily to create all the content, so I’m hoping that lots of willing authors are out there.

It’s difficult to imagine improving on the excellent job Jack Dueck has done for Bits and Pieces. Therefore, on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank him sincerely for the great job he has done.

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