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Editor's NoteBy Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Well, here we are, March already. If you're not already enjoying the signs of spring, you will at least be looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, is coming up in just a few weeks, which, for me, is always a good start to the flying season.

We have some great content this month, with contributions from Mike Davenport, Bill Evans, and some news about a meeting between EAA and the FAA regarding Canadian recreational pilots flying in U.S. airspace.

I'd like to thank Chapter 245 in Ottawa and Chapter 266 in Montreal for sending me their newsletters each month. They do a great job of keeping their chapters alive and well. If there are other Canadian chapters that would like to add me to their mailing list, I would greatly appreciate it. As always, I encourage you to check out the EAA website for Builder's Tips, excellent videos, and news
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Aviation Highlights

The Quickie Q2The Quickie Q2
By Mike Davenport, EAA 89102, Langley, British Columbia

In the late '70s and early '80s, I was working with the Canadian distributor of the Quickie and the Q2 and, in the earlier days, had no flying experience but lots of building time. We built the first Quickie in Canada and eventually developed it into the two-seat model known as the Q2. Read more >>

Pete McLeod on Podium in First Red Bull Air Race of 2017 SeasonPete McLeod on Podium in First Red Bull Air Race of 2017 Season
Our readership will be delighted to know that our own Canadian Pete McLeod finished on the podium in third place at the season's first Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi. Martin Sonka finished first with a remarkable time of 53.139 seconds, beating second place finisher, Juan Velarde by more than a second with Pete close behind. This event tests piloting skills to the limit, and it is great to see a Canadian on the podium at the kickoff to a new season. The next event will be in San Diego on April 15-16. Last season's winner, Mathias Dolderer, finished fourth after being penalized in the final four race. Photo: Pete McLeod and his Zivko Edge 540.

Optional PilotOptional Pilot
It's common to refer to ships and aircraft as "she," but this one is definitely MALE.

The German aviation company, Stemme, recently announced an optionally piloted aircraft. It can be flown as a drone or with a pilot on board. Called the Q01-MALE (medium altitude, long endurance), it is being developed primarily for the Qatar armed forces for tactical and surveillance used during daylight and at night. Read more >>

Rewiring a SoneraiRewiring a Sonerai
By Bill Evans, EAA 794228, EAA Chapter 266

It occurred to us that kit aircraft can be engineered to be simpler than plans-built aircraft, because the kit is expected to be both complete and comprehensive. Little or no engineering is expected on the part of the builder. The Sonerai I and II are not quite like that. Read more >>
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Decision-Making in Building an Aircraft
They say that the toughest decision in building an aircraft is choosing the paint scheme. Well, that may be true, but there are lots of other decisions along the way.

In my career I was trained in, among other things, using a decision-making tool called the Kepner-Tregoe decision-making chart. Read more >>

Recreational Pilots Flying in the United States
By Tom Charpentier, EAA 1082006, EAA Government Relations Director

Canadian recreational pilots face an unfortunate regulatory catch when it comes to flying in the United States. If they are flying a basic or advanced ultralight aircraft, they may obtain a blanket Special Flight Authorization (SFA) that allows them to fly that aircraft in the United States. Similarly, blanket SFAs are available for Canadian amateur-built aircraft in the U.S., with language that suggests that recreational pilots would be legal to fly these aircraft as long as the aircraft meets the recreational pilot certificate's limitations. This language is somewhat vague, and EAA is working to get it clarified.

But, there is a third group of Canadian recreational pilots who are unequivocally left out: Those who fly type-certificated aircraft are currently unable to cross the border. EAA is working to fix this. At the annual EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit in Oshkosh in February, the issue was brought up in discussion with FAA flight standards staff, who expressed a willingness to look into the issue and what it would take to correct it. The EAA advocacy staff plans to follow up with an in-person meeting in Washington, D.C. on this and other issues next month. Look for updates in a future edition of Bits and Pieces.

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When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7-8:30 p.m. CDT
Presenters: Clinton Johnson, Ross Smiley

This webinar will feature Global Aerospace Canada's Clinton Johnson and Ross Smiley sharing insights on preventable losses – including the most common incidents from loss of control to incidents that happen when an aircraft is not in motion. This will be a debrief-style look at categories of losses, together with practical advice on preventing such losses. EAA Canada members who attend this event are eligible for a 5 percent discount on their next quote on insurance from Global through Nacora under the EAA C-PLAN program. Qualifies for FAA Wings credit. Register today >>
Builder's Tip

Jump Starting with Portable BatteryJump Starting with Portable Battery
If you've ever been stranded with a flat battery, you might like to know about the recent market changes in lithium battery-based automotive jump starters that give you the autonomy you need to get going. I recently tried one of these relatively compact units on an auto and found it very useful. An online comparison at BestReviews awarded the Jump-N-Carry JNC660 the best in class, but you might like to figure out which would be the best compromise between price/performance and functionality for your engine. Photo: The JNC660 portable jump starter.
From the Archives

Canadian EAA Chapters
By Ian Brown

In the March 1967 issue of Sport Aviation there was a fascinating listing of all chapters worldwide. At that time, the largest preponderance of non-U.S. chapters was in, you've guessed it, Canada!

Circumstances change and people retire from active participation, but I thought you'd be interested in this list of those chapters in 1967 and their contacts and locations. Read more >>
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