Language Plays a Greater Role in Aviation Accidents Than the Industry May Realize

In January 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Bogota, Colombia, to New York City, ran out of fuel on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), causing the Boeing 707 aircraft to crash in a wooded residential area in Cove Neck, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. Eight of the nine crew members and 65 of the 149 passengers on board died.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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On the heels of the first-ever detection of gravitational waves as well as light streaming away from the violent collision of two ultra-dense neutron stars 130 million light-years away, Embry-Riddle researchers involved in the project will offer a public seminar on Friday, Oct. 20.
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While it might cost billions to build a submarine, the United States Navy is adding a new piece of equipment that will set them back about $30: an Xbox controller. The USS Colorado will be the first nuclear-powered submarine to incorporate an Xbox 360 controller to operate its periscopes. The Navy believes that the controllers will help because they are more familiar to younger sailors and require much less training. The current joystick also costs about $38,000. “That joystick is by no means cheap, and it is only designed to fit on a Virginia-class submarine,” Senior Chief Mark Eichenlaub, the assistant navigator of the USS John Warner told The Virginian-Pilot. “I can go to any video game store and procure an Xbox controller anywhere in the world, so it makes a very easy replacement.” The Colorado is scheduled to be commissioned in November.
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Boston Dynamics has a message for everyone out there worried that a robot will soon take their job: don’t fret just yet. In a recent Ted Talk about the strides taken by the engineering and robotics design company, Boston Dynamics aired this 15-second clip of one their robotic creations showing that the days of robotic overlords might still be off in the distance.
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Recently, a new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner took off from Seattle and flew more than 2,000 miles to Marquette, Michigan on the first leg of what the company says was an endurance test flight. The then reversed course and headed southwest, then turning and veering all over the United States. After several hours, flight trackers realized what the aircraft was doing. It was drawing itself over an 18-hour flight. “Rather than fly in random patterns, the test team got creative, flying a route that outlined a 787-8 in the skies over 22 states,” Boeing spokesman Doug Alder, Jr. told The Washington Post. “The nose of the Dreamliner is pointing at the Puget Sound region, home to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The wings stretch from northern Michigan near the Canadian border to southern Texas. The tail touches Huntsville, Alabama.”
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Have you ever dreamt about driving a car that could turn into an airplane in less than three minutes like some sort of super spy? If you have around $1.5 million lying around, you can make that dream a reality thanks to the Slovakia-based Aeromobil. The two-seat, electric craft will be available for preorder later this year and comes with a driving range of about 435 miles per charge and can reach a top speed of 99 mph. It also has a cruising range of 466 miles in the air. To learn more or to pre-order yours, visit Aeronmobil’s website.
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As a systems engineer intern at NASA Glenn this summer, Naia Butler-Craig, a McNair Scholar on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus completed a project that could help advance future scientific research.
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The Scholarly Commons digital repository is open to the public and has seen a large increase in downloads and author contributions in the past year.
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The notorious “WannaCry” and “Petya” computer attacks this year affected hundreds of thousands of computers around the globe and could ultimately cost affected organizations $4 billion. Although airlines and the aviation industry were not specifically targeted in those cases, many were affected merely because their systems were susceptible to the vector of the attack – generally, unpatched systems (mostly Windows). Other cyberattacks – many deliberate – have caused computer outages, airplane groundings, disruption of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, and other interruptions of air transportation.
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Profiles

Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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