After nearly 10 years at the NTSB, chairman Deborah Hersman is leaving to take a job as president of The National Safety Council, she announced on Tuesday. "It has been an honor to be associated with a noble mission that has at times inspired and evoked passion and at other times, been in the crosshairs of controversy, as real change doesn't come without a cost," Hersman wrote in a blog post at the NTSB website. Hersman will depart April 25, and vice chairman Christopher Hart will serve as acting chairman.
Women in Aviation, International held its 25th annual conference last week in Florida, and drew a record crowd of more than 4,500, the group said on Monday. A variety of educational sessions were offered over the three-day event in Lake Buena Vista, and nearly $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to 86 WAI members. Recruiters from a variety of companies held job interviews, and 250 girls, ages 10 to 17, took part in Daughter Day on Saturday.
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would allow more pilots to fly without a medical certificate, AOPA said on Tuesday. The measure mirrors a similar bill that was introduced in the House in December. The legislation being proposed would expand the third-class medical exemption, which now applies only to sport pilots, to noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, AOPA said.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is offering a free massive open online course, or MOOC, at its website starting April 7. The five-week course, "The Human Factor in Aviation," is only the second such course to be offered by the school. The course will explore how psychological or physiological elements, such as pilot fatigue or a mechanic's complacency, can contribute to aviation accidents. Students who complete the MOOC will receive a certificate, but they do not receive college credit from ERAU.
PBS science correspondent and aviation reporter Miles O'Brien lost most of his left arm recently after a freak accident while on assignment in the Philippines, but last week he was back at work and making plans to fly again. In an interview with Judy Woodruff, O'Brien said he has already spoken to doctors about the options for prosthetics.
The 777 that has been missing since Saturday may have changed course after communications were lost and flown for hundreds of miles to the west, across Malaysia and over the Strait of Mallacca, according to a Malaysian official who said "signals" had been detected, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The Times said those reports were later contradicted by other officials, and it remains unclear if there was any deliberate diversion from the aircraft's expected flight path.
Will Become President And CEO Of The National Safety Council NTSB Chair Deborah A. P. Hersman is stepping down from her position. The announcement came in a brief statement posted Tuesday on the NTSB website.
ANN Announces AEA 2014 Convention Aero-TV Live Webcast Schedule The staff of the Aero-News Network is hard at work in preparation for its FIFTH LIVE EVENT Coverage of the 57th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show, coming up THIS WEEK in Nashville, TN, this March 12th-15th, 2014. For the fifth straight year, Aero-News Network is partnering with the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) to bring exciting news about the latest and greatest avionics developments to the aviation world and we're doing it LIVE and in HIGH-DEF.
Also: Russian 'Bear' For Sale, Project Morpheus, Bahamas Jacks Prices On GA, AC/DC Drummer Keeps Ticket This year’s Women in Aviation Conference, the 25th such event, was to all appearances, well-attended, empowering, successful and even more diverse than the organization’s name suggests. The 10,000 member strong organization, under the direction of Dr. Peggy Chabrian, has grown from a handful of women attending an inaugural Arizona event 25 years ago to an international gathering (nearly 200 visitors from Nigeria, alone...) that attracts thousands of people (of both genders), annually. Last week National Transportation Safety Board Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that commercial use of UAV’s is not illegal. Geraghty found that no laws ban commercial drone use and that commercial drone use is not in violation of FAA regulations. Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter owners are now allowed a time between overhaul (TBO) for their Lycoming engines of 2,200 hours.
One of GA's True Leaders Sets A Course For Her Constituency's Survival Original Webcast, 04.17.13: Like each year before it, the 2013 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; it was the force and reason of some of the political messaging put forth by AEA Leadership that had many of the attendees talking for much of the event. One of the most intriguing and important of this year's events was the annual address to AEA membership by AEA president, Paula Derks. Paula's message was simple... that while the industry had many challenges to deal with, that it was time to get back to work and perform as professionally as possible in these difficult times.