EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 2, No. 2   FEBRUARY 2009

Welcome to Bits and Pieces, EAA's e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. We encourage you to forward your copy to your aviation friends and invite them to subscribe.

Jack DueckWhat would be more fitting than to re-tell the story of the flight of the Silver Dart as the opening article in this February's issue of Bits and Pieces? One hundred years ago this month, Canada and the British Commonwealth entered the world of powered flight. Celebrations are planned throughout this year, but the activities of February 20-23 at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, will be the singular highlight of the year. We plan to be there!

This article is followed closely by "A Portrait of an Airman" that answers in one fashion, our own question: Canadians, who are we? We have a proud history of service and it is very nice to have someone else recognize that. Other February features:

  • EAA Members, Chapters, and their Role - recognizing our volunteers, what we accomplish, and our need to be of service.
  • Introduction to EAA Chapter 245 at Carp (Ottawa) - check out their website, visit their airport and see their activities firsthand.
  • Transport Canada clarifies its position on the use of certified aircraft and parts in amateur-built aircraft.
  • Vintage Wings Hawk One has its new feathers (a Golden Hawk paint scheme)
  • EAA SportAir Workshops in High River May 2-3

And if you have not yet noticed, EAA has a brand new e-newsletter for homebuilders, restorers, and craftsmen. And you will recognize its title - Experimenter. Within 24 hours of its first publication it had already received over 17,000 subscriptions (now well over 20,000!). Experimenter is available to everyone, so if you have not already done so, subscribe at www.eaa.org/Experimenter. You don't want to miss it!

- Jack Dueck, Editor

  
THE FLIGHT OF THE SILVER DART, FEBRUARY 23, 1909
It could be said that first flight belonged to no nationality; it was a gift waiting to be discovered by anyone with 'a fire in their belly' and an incurable longing to break free of the earth. If reports are accurate, by the late 1800s and early 1900s many individuals of different nationalities were inventing and flying their machines of various designs. Canada's contribution came quite late in this flurry of activity, with the flight of the Silver Dart at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909.   Read more Silver Dart
 
PORTRAIT OF AN AIRMAN
We met Theodore Mitchel at a comfortable coffee house. Theo is a bouncy, upbeat individual, with a smiling, understated personality. He's 90 years young and enjoys an active life. He recounts a life of hunting, birding, hiking, and attributes his good health to "Blueberries every day, Norwegian sardines at least once a week, lots of walking, and the company of my good wife, Catherine." 

Theo enlisted to serve our country’s Air Force in 1939, and remained on active duty for the full 20 years. His wartime role found him in Yorkshire, where he was primarily associated with photography - both on land, in the air - and then the “boring part” - processing the myriad of films that came back from sorties, both fighters and bombers. After the war, he served in surveying and mapping of Canada’s vast north.  Read more

Theodore Mitchel
 
EAA MEMBERS, CHAPTERS, AND THEIR ROLE IN OUR AVIATION COMMUNITY
Several exciting items have come to my attention in the last few weeks. These involve our community outreach to others and the role of volunteers. 

How does a small staff of dedicated EAA employees manage the incredibly large amount of work that goes on internationally? Thousands of unpaid volunteers help carry the load, and these volunteers rely on EAA staff to support and direct their efforts.  Read more

EAA Volunteers
 
INTRODUCTION TO EAA CHAPTER 245, CARP, ON
It is early morning, January, very dark and cold at 6 a.m. It feels like another "OF" day with a clear sky and stars shining as I head out to get the Ottawa Citizen from the newspaper box at the end of the driveway. When I get back into the house and check the digital indoor/outdoor thermometer it sure enough is another OF day. "OF" are the letters that appear on the thermometer when the outside temperature drops below -29.9 degrees Celsius. (We're not sure what OF means but we can guess.) Hope it warms up a bit before noon.  Read more Prep crew
 
TRANSPORT CANADA CLARIFIES USE OF TYPE-CERTIFIED AIRCRAFT PARTS IN AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT
Transport Canada's Staff Instruction document, SI No. 549-001, has been issued to stakeholders, including persons "who apply for a special certificate of airworthiness in the amateur-built classification."

Although discussions have been ongoing for some time, this announcement clarifies the delineation of the "type-certificated" from the "amateur-built" classifications. Canadians have been able to rebuild or restore previously certified aircraft and re-classify them as amateur-built.  Read more

Transport Canada
 
UPDATE ON VINTAGE WINGS HAWK ONE
In our December issue we introduced Vintage Wings "Hawk One," the restored F-86 Sabre that will highlight air shows and performances across Canada this centennial year of powered flight. Here is the latest update as reported by Don MacNeil.  

Number one on the list would be Paul Kissman’s successful ferry flight of Hawk One to Cold Lake AB for application of the Golden Hawk paint scheme. Paul departed Gatineau on Friday, 21 November, and with a few minor technical glitches (odd engine sounds and a transponder failure) arrived in Cold Lake at 1530 hours local time. Read more

Hawk One
 
ATTEND EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN CANADA!
These two-day structured workshops are designed to help you build and maintain your amateur-built aircraft. You will receive an incredible amount of knowledge and gain the confidence to proceed with your project. Courses are comprehensive, and course sizes are limited so that students can receive individual instruction and help. All course materials, tools, and workbooks are included.  Read more SportAir Workshops


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