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40th Anniversary of D.B. Cooper. November 22 was the 40th anniversary of D.B. Cooper’s hijacking of a Northwest Airlines 727 on a rainy night in the Pacific Northwest. Hence, AVweb has a lengthy article revisiting the hijacking and whether or not D.B. Cooper actually survived the exit from the 727 – let alone survived a landing in a dark wooded area during bad weather.  

Joe Sharkey Interview About the Legacy Collision Lawsuit. AVweb also has a podcast interview with New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey who is embroiled in an odd lawsuit thanks to his coverage of the Embraer Legacy business jet collision with Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 (See "ON THE ROAD; Colliding With Death at 37,000 Feet, and Living" – Sharkey was aboard the Embraer Legacy). A Brazilian appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that had initially cleared him but in the interview, Sharkey says he will  keep fighting, “even if it means more late-night visits from Brazilian-paid process servers.”

A Trip to a WWII Training Ground. On a history note, Michael McDowell has recently written an article for Air Facts about Palacios Municipal Airport (100 miles southwest of Houston, Texas), once known as Palacios Army Field (AAF), which was built in 1942 for the purposes of training pilots to fight in World War II. At the height of the war, more than 14,500 troops called the massive airfield home.

Photos of Aircraft Involved in the Libya Air War. Meanwhile, David Cenciotti has posted a photo gallery of aircraft used in the recent Libyan air war. The photos were taken at Malta International Airport from February to October during the height of the conflict.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championships Cancelled. On a different note, this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championships, the only other air race series besides the Reno National Championship event, has been cancelled in part over safety concerns according to a recent article in the Reno Gazette-Journal. Moreover, the Red Bull races aren’t likely to be held next year either. However, a revamped concept plus a fixed race calendar will be revealed in 2013.

Petition to Fight FAA Decision to Charge for Navigation Downloads. For pilots who fly in the USA, General Aviation News has noted that an online petition has been started to gather support against a new FAA policy to begin charging for downloads for charts and navigational products next April. It was noted that if the petition receives 25,000 signatures by December 14, White House staff will “review” it, ensure that it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts and issue an official response. For more information and to sign the petition, just click here.

Cessna Flight Gear Bag. If you need a new pilot bag, General Aviation News has mentioned the Cessna Flight Gear Bag, which can also be converted into a handy backpack. Other features include an iPad/tablet pocket, external pockets for a flashlight and a fuel tester, a split flap pocket to use a transceiver, padded shoulder straps, a padded GPS pocket and an internal organizer for E6B, glasses, pens and a key clip. The bag is available for $99.95.

The Boeing 787 Program. Finally and for fans of the Boeing 787, Jon Ostrower has recently noted on FlightBlogger that he and several journalists have put together Flightglobal’s 787 service entry special report which contains many details about Boeing’s 787 program. In addition, there is also a companion website featuring even more content plus an interactive cutaway of ANA’s first 264 seat 787-8.

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