Having received my January 2010 issue of the Transport Canada publication Aviation Safety Letter, I eagerly began flipping through the pages for interesting information. I came across an article titled “Major Modifications to Amateur-Built Aircraft.”
It caught my attention given that I am an amateur aircraft builder. It did not take long to get the point of the article which was to describe issues with the wings of a particular brand of homebuilt and ultralight aircraft based on three incidents. That brand was the brand I am building! And I had just finished and mounted my wings!
As you can imagine it took a while to collect my thoughts. Then I decided to read, and then re-read the article with an open mind, and scrutinize the information presented. It didn’t take long to realize that the information presented regarding the incidents seemed to be very vague. Furthermore, the title did not relate well to the way the information was presented.
I decided to visit the Transport Canada website to see if there was any supporting information, only to find that the article itself was missing from the online version of the Aviation Safety letter while everything else was still there. I knew something was up.
I contacted the supplier of my aircraft kit and they filled me in. It seemed that the article had erroneous information and incorrectly identified the brand of all of the mentioned aircraft. Not one of them was actually one of theirs.
Transport Canada had indeed removed the article from the web version of the Aviation Safety letter because of the obvious errors and has since apologized to C.L.A.S.S., the makers of BushCaddy and has officially retracted the article from the printed version. This can be viewed at the following link:
More details can also be viewed on the BushCaddy website: www.bushcaddy.com
Much damage has been done to the reputation of a great Canadian aircraft and the good people at C.L.A.S.S. My hope is that by sharing this information we can repair the damage done.
Deep River, Ontario