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From the Editor
Ian BrownHere Comes the Sun 'n Fun
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

By the time you read this, the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Florida, will be only six weeks away. If your winter has been as bad as most, you won't have done much flying, so I thought you might like this inspiring little ad for a foot-launched glider made and flown in Switzerland. It's called the Archeopteryx and it looks like a blast. It's even launchable from a level field with an elastic chord or a car. Read more >>
Aviation Highlights
Sabre Continued Progress Made on F86 Sabre -
Golden Hawk Restoration

By Mark Seibutis, EAA 670580

You will recall in a report appearing in the November issue of Bits and Pieces that we had completed the media blasting of the F86 Sabre that has stood guard over the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Sarnia, Ontario's Germain Park for many years. Read more >>

Sonex Brandy, the Scratchbuilt Sonex
By Jay Davis, EAA 588164

Turning a pile of 4 x 12 6061-T6 sheet aluminum and various sizes of extruded angle into a high-performance aircraft is a time-consuming and challenging endeavour; at times difficult, at times depressing, but mostly joyful and ultimately extremely rewarding. I purchased the plans from Sonex Ltd. in 2002. Included in the $600 plans price was a reserved spot in a weekend workshop at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Read more >>

Bearing Shell Make Your Camshaft Go to TBO
By Ray Toews, EAA 123664

I was taught to start an engine by priming, then starting. I think this is wrong and I'll explain my reasons why. The way most student pilots are taught to start an engine is three (or whatever is appropriate) shots of prime, then crank the engine, check oil pressure, and set the throttle to 1,000 rpm. Lycoming says to do it this way. Continental doesn't specify. Rotax says to choke, then start. Read more >>
Electronics Corner
Pilot Tips
You may already subscribe to this service from PilotWorkshops.com, but if not, you might find it useful. It features a weekly tip for pilots about almost any aspect of piloting a small aircraft. You can subscribe on the website, and apart from fairly regular promotion of sales of its own training courses, you won't receive any junk mail.

For Canadian pilots, some of the references to FAA and U.S. flying regulations are not applicable, but you will find plenty of useful content. There's even a button to click on that plays a sound file of the tip, but you can also just read the text version which is available at the same link.

If you have any other favourite sites, please drop us a line and we'll pass them on.
Builders Tip
Builders' Tip Safe Use of Nyloc/Fibre Nuts
Did you ever reuse a nyloc or fibre nut? Well, we all did, but what level of reuse is safe? Ask 10 people at your local airport and you'll probably get 12 answers and a couple of "I dunno's". People have died in serious accidents caused by reused nyloc nuts, including the tragedy at the 2011 Reno Air Races. There are some simple things we can do to make our aircraft safer. Read more >>
Aviation Words
Cockpit
We use this word all the time, but have you ever stopped to think about where it came from? Often words pass into our language through the use of metaphor and analogy. One common analogy in this case is the similarity between sailing and flying. The place where a pilot sits is analogous to the place where the guy steering a ship works.
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