|Good morning || September 30, 2019|
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FAA Instructs Airlines To Inspect 737 NG Jets For Cracking Issue
ABC World News Tonight reported that the FAA has told airlines to inspect their Boeing 737 MAX NG jets for evidence of cracking on a part that connects the wing to the fuselage. ABC mentioned that the issue is occurring as the 737 MAX remains grounded.
USA Today (9/29, Woodyard) reports the FAA said, “Boeing notified the agency of the matter after it discovered the cracks while conducting modifications on a heavily used aircraft. Subsequent inspections uncovered similar cracks in a small number of additional planes.” The FAA said the airlines will be told how to perform the inspections and will be expected to inform the FAA of their findings. Boeing has said the issue is limited to “a small number of airplanes undergoing modifications,” and that it has not caused any issues in planes that are flying, but the company did not provide any figures on affected planes. Boeing said, “Over the coming days, we will work closely with our customers to implement a recommended inspection plan for certain airplanes in the fleet.” Business Insider (9/27) and Gizmodo (9/28, McKay) also reports.
Boeing CEO To Testify At House Hearing On 737 MAX. CNBC (9/27, Josephs) reported Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will “testify before House lawmakers next month in what will be his first public hearing since two fatal crashes of the company’s popular 737 Max jets.” According to the article, “the hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has held several other hearings on the troubled plane, is scheduled for Oct. 30.” Reuters (9/27, Shepardson) reported that “John Hamilton, chief engineer of Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division and Jennifer Henderson, chief pilot for the 737,” will also testify before the committee.
NTSB Releases Safety Recommendation For Boeing 737 MAX. Ars Technica (9/28) reported that “the two 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people and led to what is, so far, a six-month grounding of the jet, stemmed in part from Boeing’s failure to accurately anticipate how pilots would respond to a malfunctioning feature that pointed the jets toward the ground,” according to a report the National Transportation Safety Board published Thursday. In “a series of recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration,” the NTSB advised the FAA “to have Boeing consider how 737 MAX pilots would handle not just problems with the MCAS system alone, but how they respond to multiple simultaneous alerts and indicators.”
CNBC (9/27, LeBeau) reported “safety experts believe pilot training will be critical to eliminating any possible confusion in the cockpit.” Christopher Hart, the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said, “I think it’s time to revisit the standards that we use to determine if this automation is interfacing properly with the human.”
Boeing 737 MAX Engineers Excluded Safeguards Used In Other Versions Of MCAS. The Wall Street Journal (9/29, Sider, Tangel, Subscription Publication) reports that the Boeing engineers who developed the MCAS anti-stall system for the 737 MAX excluded safeguards that had been included on aircraft with an earlier version of MCAS. A person familiar with the situation told the Journal that when Boeing created the MCAS system for a military tanker jet, the system used multiple sensors and had a limited ability to push the tanker’s nose. However, the MCAS used in the 737 MAX used data from only one sensor and was more difficult for pilots to overpower.
Air Safety Panel Chair Says FAA’s Certification System Doesn’t Need Overhaul. Reuters (9/27, Bellon) reported the Federal Aviation Administration’s “process for certifying new airplanes is not broken but needs to be improved, the chair of an international panel of air-safety regulators, tasked to review Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 Max, said on Friday.” Christopher Hart, chair of the multi-agency panel, “said there was no need to question the agency’s overall way of certifying airplanes.” Hart said, “The U.S. aviation system each day transports millions of people safely, so it’s not like we have to completely overhaul the entire system, it’s not broken. But these incidents have shown us that there are ways to improve the existing system.”
Virginia Tech Creates Shockwave Tester
The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (9/29, Korth) reports on the work of Virginia Tech Engineering Professor Eric Jacques and his graduate students who have created “a shockwave that’s the equivalent of 400 pounds of TNT inside a 75,000-pound metal shock tube.” The work is intended to “research how building components and infrastructure can withstand humongous explosions.” The Times-Dispatch adds, “The tests are so loud that researchers are sending out alerts to the community.” The Times-Dispatch also reports, “The tube is designed to show how shockwaves from explosions...will affect building infrastructure like steel beams, concrete slabs or blast doors.”
Nebraska’s Northeast Community College Offers Program In Wind Energy
The AP (9/28, Schulman) reported on the wind energy program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, where “the dozen or so future wind turbine technicians practice rappelling off the side of a decommissioned nacelle donated to the college program from NextEra Energy.” In addition to the rappelling, part of “the practical skills lab,” students also have “an introductory course to the industry, how wind energy is generated and the economic, environmental and political issues.” The donated nacelle, added the AP, allows students to have “experience in and around the equipment without needing to be 250 or 300 feet off the ground.” The AP cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics in reporting, “the number of technicians to perform maintenance on wind farms throughout the U.S. is expected to increase from 6,600 to 10,400 – a 57% increase between 2018 and 2028.”
National Association For College Admission Counseling Modifies Ethics Code
The Wall Street Journal (9/28, Korn, Subscription Publication) reported National Association for College Admission Counseling delegates elected on Saturday to do away with parts of their ethics convention that the Justice Department claimed suppressed competition. The alterations will permit schools to more assertively go after undergraduates who previously committed elsewhere and to seek to enroll applicants that received admission but opted to go to a different school.
Inside Higher Ed (9/27) reported NACAC President Stefanie D. Niles said, “This year, the issues we faced together weren’t necessarily the ones we anticipated when we signed up for board service.” Niles added, “Yet together we did our best to navigate the rocky terrain. We made some very tough decisions.” Inside Higher Ed added that the conference delegates “will vote on whether to remove several sections from the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices,” and explained that the “sections restrict colleges from offering incentives for early-decision applicants, prevent them from recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed to another college and limit how they recruit transfer students.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education (9/29, Hoover) reports that “many” delegates at the NACAC conference “expect bidding wars and poaching of students.”
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Sen. Pat Toomey Visits Pennsylvania School, Promotes CTE
The Wilkes-Barre (PA) Citizens’ Voice (9/28, Williams) said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) “hopes schools such as the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center could solve challenges for both employers and the upcoming workforce.” On Friday, Toomey “visited the center near Springville for a tour and discussion about these issues with school administrators.” Toomey said, “The single biggest challenge that Pennsylvania employers face is finding skilled workers. ... One of the biggest problems for a lot of young people is graduating from college with a mountain of debt and not necessarily having the optimal skill set for the jobs out there.”
West Virginia Tech Leaders Discuss Pushing For Statewide Cybersecurity Growth
WVNews (9/29, Shaver) reports that, “after holding a successful meeting discussing the growth potential of cybersecurity in the [West Virginia] last month,” state technology leaders “are planning ways to increase exposure of cyber career fields to the state’s students and young professionals.” The meeting was hosted by TechConnect WV and “spurred the idea to get the word out about the abundance of cybersecurity jobs, and just how important the field is to both the state and the nation as a whole, according to Anne Barth, TechConnect WV executive director.” Barth said that meeting attendees “have developed an early plan to increase students’ awareness of cybersecurity and the benefits of entering the career field.”
Collins Aerospace Engineer Among Winners Of HER Magazine Award
The Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette (9/26) reports on the winners of HER Magazine’s 2019 Women of Achievement Award, including Erin Mitchell, an industrial engineer at Collins Aerospace. Mitchell “encourages young people to pursue STEM careers.”
SpaceX CEO Debuts New Mars Rocket Prototype, Expects Missions Within Months
Reuters (9/29, Roulette) reports that on Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk “unveiled the latest iteration of his space company’s newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy development timeline for the centerpiece vehicle of SpaceX’s quest to launch humans to the moon and Mars.” Musk revealed “animations of Starship landing on the moon and Mars and predicted that the rocket’s first orbital flight could come in the next six months, followed by missions to space with humans aboard the next year.” In remarks before “a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX’s rocket development site...in the remote village of Boca Chica, Texas,” Musk said, “The critical breakthrough that’s needed for us to become a space-faring civilization is to make space travel like air travel.” Reuters adds that Starship “is the top half of Musk’s colossal interplanetary rocket system that stands 387 feet tall (118 meters) as the latest addition to SpaceX’s lineup of reusable launch vehicles.”
CBS News (9/29, Harwood) reports that Musk “repeated earlier claims a Starship could carry up to 100 people in its 1,000-cubic-meter pressurized nose section.” Added Musk, “The rate at which we’re going to be building ships will be quite crazy by space standards.” He continued, “This is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months.”
CNN (9/29, Wattles) reports that Musk “said two years ago that it would cost between $2 billion and $10 billion to develop the hardware needed to trek millions of miles across deep space,” but he “said Saturday he now believes the cost will come in on the low end of that spectrum.” Musk said that the cost is “probably closer to...two or three [billion].” He also “told CNN Business’ [Rachel] Crane on Saturday that choosing to build Starship out of old-school stainless steel instead of modern carbon fiber materials, a decision he announced in January, was key to making the design cheaper and more durable.”
Bridenstine Comments On SpaceX Delivery Schedule. The Los Angeles Times (9/28) reported that on September 27, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine “tweeted that although he was ‘looking forward to the SpaceX announcement’ Saturday, the commercial crew astronaut transport program was ‘years behind schedule.’” Bridenstine said in his message on Twitter, “NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer.” He asserted, “It’s time to deliver.”
The Wall Street Journal (9/29, Pasztor, Subscription Publication) reports Musk said that SpaceX management has allocated less than five percent of resources to Starship’s development.
Engineering and Public Policy
Today’s Students Coalition To Advocate For Nontraditional Students In HEA Reauthorization
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (9/29, Weissman) reports Today’s Students Coalition is “a group of higher education advocacy organizations born in August” that “consists of twelve different groups, including Higher Learning Advocates, Veterans Education Success, Young Invincibles, the National College Access Network and others.” The coalition plans “to advocate for policies that expand supports for nontraditional and underrepresented students” in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
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Florida School Wins Grants To Support Learning About Robots, Piano
The Tallahassee (FL) Democrat (9/29, Davidson-Hiers) reports, “Students who go to Pineview Elementary School are about to learn how to build robots and play the piano.” That is after the school “just won nearly $30,000 from three different grants from the Foundation for Leon County Schools.” With the grants students will learn “how to do basic coding, build robots, play piano, golf, read at higher levels, and will attend performances hosted by the Florida State University Opening Nights series.”
South Dakota Governor Disappointed By Report Cards Showing About Half Of Students Were Proficient In Reading, Writing, And Math
KELO-TV Sioux Falls, SD (9/29, Soulek) reports, “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she is disappointed in recent statewide standardized test scores indicating that just over half of students were proficient in English language and fewer than half showed proficiency in math and science.” The South Dakota Department of Education 2019 Report Card “showed that about 54% of students tested in grades three through eight and in 11th grade showed proficiency in reading and writing,” while “only about 47%” scored “proficient in math for their respective grade levels, and roughly 40% of students were proficient in science.” Noem said, “We just got those numbers and we will be having conversations about how to improve those numbers for our students.” The scores also show that “just 23% of Native American students tested as proficient in reading and writing” while 14% were proficient in math, and 13% for science.
Wisconsin High School Upgrades STEM And CTE Space
The Wisconsin State Journal (9/29, Cotant) reports, “The $3.1 million upgrade to science, technology, engineering, art and math education at Evansville High School is clearly visible.” Principal Jason Knott said windows were installed to see into classrooms and between rooms “for supervision with students constantly moving between spaces,” and to “make that space more visible and enticing to students.” Knott added that it “may lead to some students taking some of those CTE (career and technology education) courses they not have previously considered.” Knott also “said to reach the maximum number of students, the space was created to facilitate an integrated curriculum and collaboration among teachers in different subject areas.”
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