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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
Vol. 5, No. 7 October 2012
FROM THE EDITOR - AN UNPLANNED WAY TO PROMOTE FLIGHT SAFETY!
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
For the October issue, I had planned to continue the focus on flight safety and was wondering where to find inspiration for the content of this newsletter. I have to say that the source was unexpected. In fact, the next few months will focus on my own accident that resulted in a major rebuild of my RV-9A. I said last month, "The more we can do to improve our own judgment and flying skills, the better our Canadian homebuilt accident record will become. So maybe improving our skills and judgment by flying often and flying with other pilots is a key to improving our safety record." Read more Ian Brown
OKAY, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A FLIGHT SIMULATOR?
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
Not that any of us really needs an excuse to buy more aviation-related goodies, but here is an idea that might actually save you some money flying. I recently spoke with Stéphane Bélanger who is passionate about flying. He is just not in the demographic right now where he can afford to fly. As a golf pro, his summers are extremely busy and his winters are very quiet. He spends his winters in his basement flying. His favourite aircraft is a 737, and he seems to be very familiar with everything a pilot would have to know, from push-back to deplaning passengers on arrival. Let's take a look at his setup. Read more Flight Simulator
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STANSTEAD-WELLER FLY-IN AND BARBECUE CTQ2, 9 SEPTEMBER, 2012
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
The Saturday schedule for this fly-in was canceled because of poor weather, but the Sunday afternoon turned out to be a marvelous, fresh, clear day. The place in question was a private grass strip just outside Stanstead, Quebec. Your editor's aircraft's flip-over will be part of a separate article in this issue. Suffice to say, "This is where it all happened." Read more Stanstead Weller Fly-In
IMPORT OF A FOREIGN-BUILT AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT
Author: Gerry Haliburton, Office Manager, MD-RA Inspection Service D'Inspection
Since 2006, the administration of the import and inspection of foreign-built amateur-built aircraft has been handled by the Minister's Delegates - Recreational Aviation (MD-RA). In the following paragraphs, I will explain the process and point the readers to our website where they will find the actual documents referred to. Read more
WHEN YOU BEND A PROPELLER!
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
Breaking down my RV-9A flip-over into manageable pieces, starting at the front, I looked at the propeller and thought, "Well, that's toast." To my surprise, someone walked over, looked at it, and said, "I think it's repairable." Read more Prop Damage
THIRD ANNUAL ‘WINGS OVER GATINEAU’ BIGGER THAN EVER
Despite wet and windy conditions on Saturday, the first day of a new two-day format, crowds went away smiling after a superb air show with stars of the show, Canada's Snowbirds. The numbers for the weekend were up 36 percent over last year, with more than 30,000 people attending. Wet feet and chilly winds definitely put a damper on things, but nothing could deter the air show performers from putting on a great show. The CF-18 demo team and the Discovery Air F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre flew, as well as wing-walker Carol Pilon and many of the Vintage Wings fleet of WWII aircraft. Read more Hawk One Sabre
SELF-EVALUATION - CONFIDENCE IN FLYING YOUR AIRCRAFT
By Bill Evans, President, EAA Chapter 266
I’ve been on the lookout to rate my flying as my aircraft is agile and sensitive. Yes, some people do find themselves at a 9 in some advanced or sport aircraft. My first flight was an 8, and I had some difficulty flying. May I suggest that you be both honest and kind to yourself and use this to improve your flying skills based on your own analysis of your needs. Read more
BUILDERS’ TIP: CLEANING SANDPAPER AND FILES
By Jim Doyle, EAA 151172
This is a great way to clean file teeth and clogged sandpaper using a rubber-type product called crepe rubber. If you do a lot of woodworking, you may already be familiar with it. You may even be able to find an old pair of shoes whose soles are made of this material. Remember those light-coloured super rubbery soles? Read more Crepe Rubber Blocks
AVIATION WORDS
Word of the Month: Hangar
How often have you read the word "hanger" when the author really meant "hangar"? Just to set the record straight, for those of you with a problem with this spelling, a "hanger" is something you hang stuff with or from. Since you almost never see an aircraft hanging from anything at all, "hanger" is just plain wrong! Read more

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FROM THE ARCHIVES
In October 1962 we saw an interesting development, perhaps the start of recognition of the international visitors flying clubs coming to the EAA fly-in convention while it was still being held at Rockford, Illinois.

According to an article in 1962: "An international look was given to the convention as a large group of European enthusiasts and members chartered an airplane and came to the fly-in. Two clubs, The Popular Flying Association of England and the Reseau de Sport de L'Aire of France, were officially represented. They added much by their presence and exchange of ideas, customs, and materials that differ between the two continents." Read more

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