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EKU awarded $1.46 million ARC POWER Investment to open four aviation maintenance technician schools

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative has announced an investment of $1,463,927 in Eastern Kentucky University’s “Kentucky’s Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician Training” project. The 18-month program, slated to begin training students in January 2020, will be partially taught...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

University of Kentucky students take to the sky to learn from a birds eye view in drone journalism class

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky University of Kentucky journalism students are taking to the sky to learn from a bird’s eye view. In David Stephenson’s drone journalism class, in the School of Journalism and Media within the College of Communication and Information, students are learning to use new technology for newsgathering purposes. As a photographer and filmmaker himself, Stephenson...

Keven Moore: Southwest Airlines no longer serving peanuts — and many allergy sufferers are grateful

As of the first of this month, Southwest Airlines stopped serving peanuts on all flights, abandoning the snack that has been nearly synonymous with the carrier since its inception back in 1967. The Dallas-based airline says it’s making the change “to help protect passengers who have severe peanut allergies.” Peanuts have always been the one snack perhaps most linked to the all-airline services....

Blue Grass Airport to conduct full-scale emergency training exercise Tuesday; flights not interrupted

A full-scale emergency training exercise will be conducted at Blue Grass Airport on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. with approximately 300 individuals gathering to participate in the event, which is designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident. In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration training requirements, the...

Keven Moore: FAA rulings on drones, keeping skies safe, new guidelines for Small Unmanned Aircraft

The United States has the safest and most complex airspace in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authority over this airspace from the ground up and is responsible for making sure air traffic flies smoothly and efficiently. In June, the FAA finally finalized its Small Unmanned Aircraft (UA) Rule at 14 CFR Part 107 regulating the operation of small UA that do not meet the definition...