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Remembering 9/11. Last Sunday was the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and David Cenciotti has published two great posts (9/11: a fighter pilot’s account and Would modern transponders have made the hijacked planes visible to radars on 9-11?) covering two important aspects of the tragedy. In addition, Terry Maxon has also posted on his Airline Biz Blog an interesting account of the day from Beverley Bass, the third woman hired as a pilot at American Airlines and the first to make captain, who was diverted to Gander, Newfoundland on a Transatlantic flight plus the Cranky Flier blog has honored the aircrew who perished that day by reprinting all of their names and what flight they were on.

Former Cessna Chief Pilot Passes Away at 103. In addition, General Aviation News has reported that Morton W. Brown, who was the first Chief Pilot of Production Flight Test for Cessna Aircraft from 1937-1972, has passed away at 103. It was noted that during his tenure, Brown was responsible for the release of 85,000 aircraft and he personally flew more than 14,000 first flights while logging over 20,760 actual flight hours.

Russian Air Crashes. Meanwhile and in wake of the recent deadly crash that claimed the lives of an entire Russian hockey team, the AP published a lengthy article about the air disasters that are plaguing Russia. And while aging aircraft share some of the blame, the AP pointed out numerous other problems such as lax government oversight, crumbling airports and poor crew training.

Master Pilot Wins Award for 66 Years of Safe Flying. On a different note, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation Webzine has mentioned an article from a South Dakotan newspaper about 86 year old pilot Earle Geide, who was just awarded the FAA Master Pilot Award for 66 years of safe flying. The article also noted that twenty-one South Dakotans have received the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award from the FAA for 50 years or more of safe flying with no revocation of their licenses.

Amelia Earhart Goggles Sold for $17,775. On a historical note, the AP has reported that goggles worn by Amelia Earhart along with photographs sold for more than $31,000 at an auction in Oakland, California. Specifically, Earhart’s 1920s Luxor aviator goggles with a cracked left lens sold for $17,775.

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