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Battle of Britain Experience
Challenges of Flight - Then & Now.
Date and Time:
Saturday, June 30, 2018, starting at 09:30 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Graeme J W Smith
Brief Description:

Graeme J W Smith will outline the difficulties faced by the British in 1940 after their defeat at Dunkirk.  Difficulties with aircraft supply and pilot training, equipment and aeromedical factors as they struggled to make up their losses while facing daily odds of 5:1... against.  Early Command and Control and Transponder systems are explored and illustrated with photography from the present day of the South East of England where the Battle took place.  Wing Commander Tom Neil – who was 19 during the Battle provides veteran commentary (by video) as to how it really was in 1940

Graeme will outline his own aeromedical preparation and training in the USA including extra tailwheel time and aerobatics prior to stepping anywhere near warbirds in the UK.  The talk includes illustrations of flying the 1934 Tiger Moth and 1935 Harvard trainers – culminating in flying a 1943 Supermarine Spitfire T9.

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Location of Seminar:
EAA Chapter 106 Hangar - Gate 4 – North Ramp of LWM
400 Holt Road

North Andover, MA 01845
Directions to Venue:

Turn onto Holt Rd off Rt-125 in No. Andover (about 1 mile north of where Rt-133 turns East). At end of Holt Rd, turn right (Clark St).  GATE 4 will be on the left.

No GPS address for airport GATE 4, so when near 400 Holt Rd, follow the EAA106 signs. Ideally, please arrive between 9:00-10:30 when we will have someone manning the gate for entry.  Outside those times, please call the number on the paper taped to the yellow post for someone to come let you in.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
60 seats at the facility, 25 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Boston FAASTeam
Contact Information:
Joel Ventura
Phone: (978) 773-0588
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):


This seminar is being held at the 2018 NorthEast Experimental Fly-In (FREE Admission, Seminars, & Parking) where many homebuilt aircraft are expected to be on display, including several Van’s RV and Rutan canard aircraft, as well as Zenith, Sonex, Kitfox, Challenger and more.  See attached event flyer.  Event webpage: www.106.eaachapter.org/2018experimentalflyin.htm

There are three seminars and workshops:

  1. 09:30 am – EA6183819 –  Battle of Britain Experience, Challenges of Flight – Then & Now by Graeme J W Smith.
  2.  11:00 am – EA6183820 – Oops! I Bought a Lemon! - Owner/Operator/ A&P Mechanic Expectations and Responsibilities in Maintaining an Aircraft. By Stephen K. Brown
  3. 1:00 PM – EA6183822 – Aerobatic Safety – Flight Safety Learned through Aerobatic Flight. By Weston Liu

HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT: Please taxi to the junction of DELTA & ECHO at LWM;  Ground team will identify parking for homebuilts.  For putting your homebuilt on display, you will receive a free all-u-want food combo (breakfast & lunch) ticket (1 per homebuilt aircraft on display).
PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT: Please park on the North Ramp (large parking area next to Echo) where available spaces will be identified with a chalk circle around the space number, then walk past the red hangars to the event.
MAP LINK and where to park on this page:    www.106.eaachapter.org/ourhangar.htm

SPONSOR:     EAA Chapter 106 www.106.EAAchapter.org is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) educational public charity.  EAA106 organizes and hosts this annual event which showcases amateur-built aircraft and offers several seminars throughout the day (similar to Oshkosh ‘forums’) and offers educational seminars and programs for pilots as well as those building their own aircraft throughout the year.
The educational benefit is the reason EAA106 offers this FREE event, but come hungry – the chapter will have breakfast (9:00-10:00am) & lunch (11:00am-1:30pm) available to help offset their speaker and other expenses.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Amateur Built/Light Sport
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