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Strange British Aviation Stories. Aviation Week’s Things With Wings blog has compiled strange but true aviation stories with several of the stories this week being about incidents involving British aviation. However, one of the mentions involved the incident we wrote about yesterday (British pilot verses a Devon tornado and a panicked passenger). Apparently, the story was exaggerated just a bit by the Daily Mail (Now isn’t that shocking!!!). Pilot Mark Wagner set the record straight with Aviation Week by saying there were no panic attacks among the passengers nor turbulence and that the quotes in the Daily Mail were “Chinese whispers” amongst those on the ground waiting to fly…..

The Daily Mail Takes Another Pilot to Task. In addition, the British media took another pilot to task over an incident we recently wrote about (Tiger Moth clips trees while attempting to land in Wales) by titling the article: ‘I just feel such a fool’: Pilot’s words after he crashes plane in a field, takes photo of the wreckage… then goes to the pub. No exaggeration there!

Trump Casino Offers Up a Skycatcher as a Prize. If you are a gambler, the AOPA has reported that a Cessna Skycatcher will be one of the prizes the Trump Taj Mahal Resort Casino is offering to lure gamblers. The aircraft will be given away on September 2 to a lucky slot player at the the Atlantic City casino using a Trump One card. However, flight training is not included.

The New (Long) Name for the Reno Air Races. The Reno Air Races has been given a new name and it’s truly a mouthful. Specifically, the races will now be called the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show Presented by Breitling. The change was a condition of the Nevada Tourism Commission’s three-year, $600,000 title sponsorship that will be paid out of surplus room tax revenues. Despite the new and much longer name, air racing enthusiasts are no doubt happy that the races will finally be restarted.

“Whittle – The Jet Pioneer” DVD. Aviation history buffs take note, the DVD “Whittle – The Jet Pioneer” will be released on October 2 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first flight of a US jet plane. The DVD tells the story of Sir Frank Whittle, the aviator and engineer who invented the jet engine, and will be available for $24.98. For further information, click here and to pre-order the DVD, visit

NBAA Needs Business Aviation Survey Respondents. General Aviation News has reported that the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is working with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation on a research study entitled: “Business Aviation – Gaining Altitude.” The study seeks to better understand current and future trends in the business aviation market and the NBAA is seeking survey respondents to contribute data and insights about buying, selling and financing business aircraft over the next several years. All information given will be kept confidential and the survey itself should take around 20 minutes to complete.

How Refueling is Done in Africa. Finally, hat tip to Sylvia of the Fear of Landing blog for posting this video showing how refueling is done at an airport somewhere in Africa. Let’s just say you won’t see something like this at Heathrow!

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