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Tomorrow, April 8th, SpaceX will send a Dragon capsule, carried by a Falcon 9 rocket, with 4,400 pounds of supplies plus materials for over 250 new or ongoing science experiments to the International Space Station.

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Among the highlights of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a signal jamming device designed to protect against unauthorized drones, according to this article from avweb.com. Developed by Airbus Defense and Space in response to difficulties in policing unauthorized drone flights - which in some cases have required the authorities to act - the system employs Smart Responsive Jamming Technology.

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“We like to think of [AMTs] as the guardians of airworthiness,” Ronald Donner, executive director of the AMT Society, said in an article for Flying Magazine. According to manufacturers, there will be a high demand for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, otherwise known as AMTs, over the next 20 years as more airplanes are produced. Being an AMT opens many career opportunities in the aviation industry, but it’s crucial to obtain certification in both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) to truly succeed.

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Piloting and Crisis Management

Imagine the plane you are piloting as the company and you serve as its CEO. It’s your duty to set strategy, maintain direction, establish a culture, and remain in control in all situations, especially crises. There are great benefits in learning crisis management, giving you experience and training to handle many predicaments encountered in the air. Pilot Kim Green goes over three major points as to why she’s thankful for crisis management training in an article for Fast Company.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have been a hot topic of debate in preceding years considering its personal uses and loose guidelines. However, a study known as the “Hudson Bay Project”, a combined effort between Canadian and US partners, has given the technology another area to benefit: scientific research. Focused on geese, researchers are using UAVs to look at the effects of their overabundant population in the tundra.shutterstock 130607222

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I started my training with Spartan College a little later than many others. I was already working in the field on P25 encrypted radio systems. When the company made cutbacks I evaluated what I wanted to do next. The decision to go to Spartan fit in with my interests and represented a good career progression for me. I wanted to work on airplanes and was interested in avionics and electronics. I obtained my associate degree in Avionics from Spartan.

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If you have been following the weather in the US for over the last 6 months, you might have noticed that it has been pretty unpredictable and on some occasions, downright violent. However, thanks to some brave and talented storm chasers, Americans can come up-close and personal with the destructive force of tornadoes and better understand how they develop. While a vast majority of the images are produced by photographers on the ground the ones that really take our breath away are the ones taken from helicopters and airplanes to give us a birds-eye view.

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National Aviation Day is today, August 19th and there are a lot of things you can do to celebrate! This day is celebrated each year to recognize the day Orville Wright was born, a legendary individual that together with his brother invented and flew the world's first flying machine in 1903.

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One of the most interesting and controversial topics in science and culture is that of global warming. Global warming is responsible for the rising of the sea and melting all of the glaciers, as well as other things. Recently, scientists have discovered yet another complication that this warm weather is creating.

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On Wednesday June 17th, the students and staff at Spartan College gathered for a day of food, games and laughs! Our student appreciation day was a great success and we are honored to have such wonderful people attend our school. Here are a few highlights from the day:

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These last few years have been scary reminders that despite all of our technological advances, planes can still become lost without a trace. Airlines are hoping to respond to the issue with some technological ingenuity. According to a recent USA Today article, airlines are primed to test a new tracking system that would ping flights in 15-minute intervals. Experts are hoping to prevent tragedies like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and save lives.

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The beauty of a perfect flight does not begin and end with the pilot. Each takeoff and landing takes a certain amount of care and precision from countless engineers, manufacturers and technicians. Many would be surprised to know that you don’t need to burden yourself with four years of expensive student loans to become a part of that world.

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 One of the most often heard complaints from frequent flyers are the seats are uncomfortably small and too close together. As airlines seek ways to continue to make profits this is unlikely to change but they are doing something that may take your mind of the problem. In a recent CNN article it talked about four innovations that the industry and its manufacturers have come up with to take passengers minds off the sometimes uncomfortable seating during a flight.

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FAA administrator Michael Huerta told those attending the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta that the agency would begin testing increased use of drone aircraft for commercial purposes. These included tasks that would take the unmanned aircraft further than their pilots could see. Huerta acknowledged that integrating drones into airspace is a huge undertaking, but it’s one the FAA is determined to do in the next few years.

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Non-destructive testing (NDT) engineers and technicians design and perform tests and evaluations to identify problems, issues and flaws with materials and equipment in numerous industrial fields without destroying the serviceability and usefulness of the part or system.

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A career as an aircraft mechanic or aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) can be both lucrative and rewarding for the right candidate. And with the looming shortage of skilled technicians in the aviation industry, this may be a wise choice for many.

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There’s been a lot of “buzz” about the future of drones in the National Airspace System.  Drones have the potential to be an efficient, cost-effective alternative to missions flown by manned aircraft. And now, with the FAA performing what many see as an about-face last month, the use of small drones may be right around the corner. Gregory S. McNeal, Pepperdine University professor of law and public policy, details the new drone regulations being considered by the FAA in his Forbes article “FAA Takes A Huge Step Toward Allowing Drone Flights In America.”

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