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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 3, No. 10  DECEMBER 2010

  
INTRODUCING CANADA'S NEW CHOICE IN AVIATION INSURANCE
Canadian EAA Members can now enjoy affordable, extensive liability and aircraft hull coverage through C-PLAN, a new offering within the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. Underwritten by Global Aerospace, C-PLAN has coverage for standard, ultralight, amateur-built, and kitplane aircraft. Read more
DRIVE LAUNCHED FOR RCAF MEMORIAL IN ENGLAND
Two active Royal Air Force bases in England that hosted Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons in World War II are behind a drive to build a memorial to RCAF members. RAF bases Linton-on-Ouse and Leeming are leading the drive to raise C$53,000 to construct a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, by July 2011. 

Linton-on-Ouse and Leeming were part of a network of 11 RAF airfields during WWII where No. 6 RCAF Bomber Group aircraft were based. RCAF bomber squadrons flew Vickers Wellington, Handley-Page Halifax, Short Stirling, and Avro Lancaster bombers. Read more

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GRAD STUDENT CLAIMS FIRST HUMAN-POWERED ORNITHOPTER FLIGHT
Todd Reichert, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, announced Wednesday that he had completed the first continuous flight of a human-powered ornithopter, the mythical aircraft with birdlike flapping wings first envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1485, The Toronto Star reported. Reichert said his flight, launched by a towline attached to an automobile, sustaining both altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds over 145 meters (475 feet) at a top speed of 25 kph (approximately 16 mph). Read more Ornithopter
LOCAL B.C. FLIGHT OPERATIONS SUE OVER LOSSES FROM OLYMPIC SECURITY
A group of flight schools and air carriers in Lower Mainland of British Columbia and the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) announced a lawsuit against the Government of Canada asking for compensation for loss of revenue and increased expenses resulting from special aviation security measures put in place January through March for the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics. The air operators claim their businesses were significantly impaired through the course of the Olympic Games as a result of these special air regulations. Read more Vancouver 2010
GETTING PAPERWORK RIGHT FOR YOUR HOMEBUILT'S FINAL INSPECTION
Isn't it amazing how we persevere through all types of building difficulties and challenges on our homebuilt, and then when all the building work is finally completed, draw a mental blank and a major dose of angst when faced with the paperwork requirement to reach that certification goal? So let's make this challenge simple and easy! Read more Inspection form
SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS FEDERAL CONTROL OF AERODROMES
The Supreme Court of Canada handed down two decisions in October that have reasserted federal jurisdiction over aerodromes. The decisions “will have a profound effect on Canadian aviation for the foreseeable future” according to a statement from the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. Through the decisions, the court held that the provincial laws and municipal by-laws that sought to restrict or prohibit the establishment of aerodromes were inapplicable. Read more
VINTAGE WINGS ANNOUNCES 2011 WARBIRD U COURSE OFFERINGS
Vintage Wings of Canada is now accepting registrants for its second semester of Warbird University Technical Ground Schools. The educational series offers a comprehensive sample of what Vintage Wings pilots must learn to operate their aircraft - technical systems, operation techniques, performance parameters, flying characteristics (both benign and deadly), and historical context combined with anecdotal stories from highly experienced test and warbird pilots. Read more Vintage Wings
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Experimenter, November 1955
A New Idea in Skis 

Ski flyers have one key task after landing, which is to make sure the skis don't freeze to the snow. This is usually accomplished by a hi-density polyethylene layer on the skis, placing sticks underneath, or both. Some manufacturers use Teflon! Before all of the fancy chemical-based solutions, in 1955 Clifford Larry of Port Arthur, Ontario, told Experimenter of an idea he had for a broken ski that would reduce the need to "break free" from the snow. Read the article

From the Archives
BITS AND PIECES POLL
Q. Do Vancouver, B.C.-area aircraft operators deserve compensation for lost revenue due to flight restrictions during the Winter Olympics?  Vote now!
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EDITORIAL
Where has the year gone? The ground is covered with snow; temperatures are set at 'sub-zero'; aircraft are hangared or tied down somewhere into frozen ground and we question, "do we really want to muscle up to go flying?" Oshkosh and Gatineau are memories. The emphasis today is on Christmas and the holidays of cheer and goodwill. Read more Editorial
MULTIMEDIA - SPORT AIR RACING LEAGUE CROWNS 2010 SEASON CHAMPIONS
There are only a few opportunities for the average aircraft owner to participate in racing his or her own aircraft. The EAA AirVenture Cup provides one such opportunity for experimental-aircraft owners to put their project to the test, but its only once a year. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talks with Mike Thompson about the Sport Air Racing League, which since 2006 has been slowly building a year-round racing circuit for both experimental- and production-category aircraft. Listen to the interview SARLs winners
WEBINARS: HOMEBUILDING LESSONS FROM 1911 STILL HAVE VALUE
Louis Blériot was the first to traverse the English Channel in an airplane. His designs also had a profound effect in North America, including the first U.S. Air Mail flight. Fred Stadler will present a webinar on Blériot and his planes and an update on EAA’s Blériot XI project.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

 

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