Embry-Riddle Prescott, Ariz., Female Pilots Secure Top Collegiate Spots and No. 2 and No. 5 Overall in Women's Air Race Classic

Four female pilots representing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., Campus not only swept the top two spots in the collegiate competition but also placed second and fifth overall among more than 100 flyers in the cross-country 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic (ARC).
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Featured News

An Embry-Riddle team earned finalist status in the Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3). They will now go head to head with competitors at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California, Los Angeles and other top institutions.
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Calling all space enthusiasts! Have you ever dreamed of meeting legendary moon walker Buzz Aldrin or former Commander of the International Space Station Terry Virts? Now’s your chance.
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Outtakes

Canadian airline Westjet got into the Guinness Book of World Records recently as they lit up a Utah desert with the world’s largest circulation projection. The airline projected a giant prize wheel on the ground, visible to passengers on flight from Toronto to Las Vegas. The prize wheel landed on a single seat number, 4A, and the lucky passenger in that seat was awarded a $2,500 shopping spree, tickets to see a Cirque du Soleil show and more. “WestJet turned 21 this year and as the international airline that brings the most guests to Las Vegas, we celebrated by lighting up the desert," said Rob Daintree, WestJet Director of Marketing. "Inspired by the brilliance, energy and wonderful experiences Las Vegas provides, we created a unique event for our guests by flying over a radiant prize wheel.” The wheel also broke the record for greatest light output in a project image.  For the record, the wheel measured 3,300-feet wide, with the light output at 4,666,000 lumens. The wheel took 61,483 feet of cable.
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Swiss company SolarStratos recently achieved its first successful flight of its two-seat solar aircraft. The aircraft uses electricity harnessed from approximately 238 square feet of solar cells spread across its 82-foot wingspan to power the vehicle for 24 hours straight. Weighing in at about 992 pounds gross and with a 28-foot-long fuselage, SolarStratos engineers estimate the aircraft will be 90 percent efficient. And while the recent flight reached 1,000 feet, the goal of SolarStratos is to reach 83,000 feet.
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According to a new report by Nokia, cybercrime is shifting its way faster and faster to the mobile space. Nokia’s latest “Threat Intelligence Report” said that malware infections on mobile devices reached an all-time high in 2016, rising almost 400 percent in the past year. The report said that Android phones are the most vulnerable phones, representing 81 percent of malware infections in the second half of 2016, while iPhones and other mobile devices made up only 4 percent of attack victims. To read the rest of Nokia’s findings, you can find the report here.
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Aviation startup Kitty Hawk has unveiled the prototype of its first personal flying vehicle. The company says that the ultralight, all-electrical aircraft can even fly over water and a pilot’s license won’t be needed. “We hope that this is more of an exciting concept than what most people have had in their minds about flying cars,” said Kitty Hawk aerospace engineer and test pilot Cameron Robertson. The company says it hopes to have a retail product by the end of 2017.
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Four students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who are also Project PoSSUM scientist-astronaut candidates, will travel this month to the remote town of High Level in northern Alberta, Canada as part of a 12-person Project PoSSUM team that will study extremely high and elusive ‘space clouds’ called noctilucent clouds.
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If you’ve seen an official photograph of a launch at Cape Canaveral, there’s a good chance it was taken by Embry-Riddle alum Ben Cooper (’08, DB).
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HyCarb Inc., a Florida-based, woman-owned small business developing the next generation of energy harvesting and storage devices such as batteries, fuel cells, solar panels and more, has signed on as a Tenant Partner at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park with the goal of bringing more than 220 highly-skilled professional jobs to Volusia County in the next 10 years.
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Profiles

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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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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