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Understanding Your Aviation Insurance Policy Webinar. The National Business Aviation Association will be hosting an online seminar on June 17 entitled: “Understanding Your Aviation Insurance Policy — Back to the Basics.” The cost is US$99 for members and US$149 for non-members. The registration fee includes participation for one site in the live webinar, a PDF copy of the presentation, PDF files of any additional materials plus a post-event download of the webinar recording.

New Aviation Memoire. On a different note, General Aviation News has noted the release of “Flying Ain’t What It Used To Be,” a new collection of aviation memoirs by Jack V. O’Keefe. During his flying career, O’Keefe accumulated nearly 21,000 flight hours and had 13 engine failures plus one helicopter crash. For more information, visit:

The Wright Story. On an interesting historical note, Joe Bullmer has just written a new book (“The Wright Story”) about the Wright Brothers where he contends that “nearly all of the conventional wisdom concerning what the Wright brothers really did, and how and why they did it, is inaccurate.” The Wright Story is available online from for US$19.95.

SwampGhost05lg Saunders-Roe Princess Flying Boat. In addition, fans of flying boats might want to check out the short post on Airline Reporter about the Saunders-Roe Princess – one of the last flying boats designed and built but never put into actual service. The post includes several links to additional information, photos and videos about the flying boat.

Swamp Ghost Returns Home. On another interesting historical note, more than 68 years since a B- 17E Flying Fortress nicknamed the “Swamp Ghost” crash-landed in a New Guinea swamp, the air crew’s surviving relatives along with aircraft salvage team leaders and aviation historians have welcomed the fallen aircraft home. The aircraft is one of only four B-17E models ever recovered and it will be restored, possibly to flying condition, for display at an aviation history museum. For more information, visit

Authentic Pearl Harbor Flight Experience. If you want to relive aviation history, Hawaii based Pacific Warbirds, an aviation flight division of Vintage Aviation, offers a range of 20, 30 and 60 minute airplane rides, including The Pearl Harbor Aviation Experience which recreates a realistic warbird aviation experience using the actual December 7th attack sites and a 1944 US Navy SNJ airplane. For more information, visit

The Noise Issue is Not a New Issue. On a somewhat humorous historical note, General Aviation News has posted a story about Henry Bourne Joy, the president of the Packard Motor Car Company who built a money loosing air field towards the end of World War I which he sold to the US government – only to later complain about all of the aircraft noise coming from it.


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