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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 3  MARCH 2010

Welcome to the March 2010 issue of Bits and Pieces.

In keeping with our "passion for flight" theme, this month's issue starts with the "Best Flight of My Life" as written by a nonpilot, who obviously shares our love for flight. Cliff Smith writes about an aerobatic flight in Mike Bourget's aerobatic Nanchang.

Merv Friesen built a beautiful Sonex. Merv describes how his aircraft flies, how it handles, and his own flight parameters for C-FMNX.

In last month's Bits and Pieces, we ran an article about the "Harvard University" given by Vintage Wings and the Canada Aviation Museum. This prompted Tony Swain of Vancouver to mention our omission of additional Harvard opportunities, specifically listing the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association of Tillsonburg, Ontario.

Jack Dueck
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Oops - Last month we featured Chief Astronaut Julie Payette as our lead story. Our reader Vic wrote to point out that Julie couldn't possibly have received a bachelor of engineering cum laude from McGill in 1896 if she in fact received a master of applied science from the University of Toronto in 1990. (Please make that 1986 instead of 1896, Ed., and thanks, Vic.)

Finally, from in honor of the 100th anniversary of Canadian Naval Aviation we present a feature about Canadian carrier operations after WWII. Plus from Sport Aviation, April 1962, a two-part look back at Charles Fauvel, who was one of the few who had built and flown tailless aircraft.

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BEST FLIGHT OF MY LIFE
After several weeks of having my feet back on solid ground, I still get a silly grin on my face when I think of my flight in a Nanchang CJ-6A. Thank you, Mike "Skidmk" Bourget, for the greatest flying experience I've ever had packed into a 30-minute ride.

The anticipation of an opportunity to fly in a vintage radial engine-powered aircraft and possibly even having my first experience with some aerobatic maneuvers at the same time began several weeks ago when a friend and fellow radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft modeler offered to give me a certificate he had won as a door prize at an R/C fun-fly event. Read more

Nanchang
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PILOT FATIGUE IS NOT JUST FOR THE WORKING PROS
Pilot and controller fatigue has been making aviation headlines in recent years, punctuated by the February 2008 incident in which the crew of a regional jet fell asleep at the controls on the way to Hilo, Hawaii.

Although it's usually airliner mishaps that make front-page news, general aviation pilots are subject to the same fatigue-related risks and potential for disaster. Read more

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FAA'S ZODIAC 601/650 AIRCRAFT REPORT
Introduced in 2001, the Zenith, Zodiac CH 601 XL first showed signs of in-flight structural failures in 2006. A series of six total in-flight structural failures of the Zodiac Model CH 601 XL (occurring in the US) led the agency to stop issuing airworthiness approvals to those Zodiac 601 and 650 models in late 2009. These accidents prompted the FAA to conduct a thorough investigation. Pat Panzera, editor of EAA Experimenter newsletter, took a closer look at the resulting FAA report. Read Patís analysis.

EAA Radio Interview: Zenair VP Matt Heinz reacts to FAA Report

Zodiac report
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REFLECTIONS ON MY HOMEBUILT
Merv Friesen enjoys flying the Sonex he built. For those of you who haven't flown a Sonex before, Merv was happy to file this flight report while he waits for the spring to come once again. Read more Nanchang
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CANADA LOVES HARVARDS
Last month's Bits and Pieces carried the following paragraphs:

"There are two places where you can become a Harvard graduate. One, we've heard, is somewhere in Massachusetts. The other is right here at the Canada Aviation Museum and the Vintage Wings of Canada facility.

"...Vintage Wings has teamed up with the Canada Aviation Museum to bring three information-packed, two-day ground schools dedicated to three of the most important aircraft of WW II-the North American Harvard, the P-40N Kittyhawk, and the FG-1D Corsair."

This brought Tony Swain of Vancouver to reply. Read more

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FROM THE ARCHIVES
Charles Fauvel and his Flying Wings, Sport Aviation, April 1962 A two-part look back at Charles Fauvel, who was one of the few who had built and flown tailless aircraft.

Part 1 | Part 2

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