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Aircraft Tragedies in Germany. During a weekend earlier in the month, The Local reported reported that a teenage glider pilot died after crashing into a house in Lower Saxony and that four more people were also killed when their single-engine plane crashed and caught on fire in Bavaria. In addition, there was another incident involving a small plane making an abrupt landing near Constance that narrowly missed a group of sky divers who were in a tent preparing their parachutes – causing one man to break his leg when leaping out of the tent.

Photos of Regional Jets in Storage in Arizona. The MRC Aviation blog has some great photos of all of the stored or retired Regional Jets from Embraer and Bombardier that are kept in a desert storage facility at Kingman, Arizona. Given the price of jet fuel along with the US economy, that’s probably where they will stay for some time.

The Streamlined Decade. On a historical note, General Aviation News has an interesting article about how the decade of the Great Depression was also the streamlined decade as streamlining was applied to just about everything – including cars, trains, ships, buildings and even household appliances. Of course, there were practical aspects to streamlining – especially for aviation.

All About Clyde Cessna. On another historical note, Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog, has a great post from a guest blogger about Clyde Cessna and the aviation world he helped to create. 

Designing the Cessna 180. In addition, Air Facts has a lengthy article by Harry Clements about designing the Cessna 180 – many of which are still with us. Henry had joined Cessna as an undergraduate engineer in the fall of 1951 when the Model 180 and Model 310 were still paper airplanes and not yet in production.

Now Wheelchair Bound Would-be Aviators Can Fly. If you are disabled but still want to have the chance to learn how to fly, Chesapeake Sport Pilot in Stevensville, Maryland, is now offering flight training to pilots who require hand controls rather than traditional aircraft foot controls thanks to a specially outfitted CT LS light sport aircraft that is being leased. For more information, visit

Drunk Norwegian Asleep on a Conveyor Belt Gets X-rayed at Rome Airport. Finally, David Cenciotti of the Aviationist has noted an odd story about a drunken Norwegian man falling asleep on the baggage inspection conveyor belt at the Rome Fiumicino airport Terminal 3 check in desks. The sleeping man travelled for 50 meters and got a full X-ray screening – at which point he was spotted by security who immediately closed the entire terminal (creating chaos…). Italian officials said there was no security breech as their system would have prevented him from entering sensitive areas of the airport and he would have just continued to circulate – until either waking up or being picked up by another passenger…. 

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