Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on ByDanJohnson.com.
FAA proposed regulation has powerfully captured the attention of many pilots. Pilots have tons of questions. We have some answers. Everyone has a lot to read.
Overall, FAA’s Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) regulation proposal has been warmly received as it opens the door to more capable aircraft that a sport pilot can fly. That’s good, but the document has problems, too. Following are four examples.
MOSAIC’s language invigorated many readers when the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) expressed support for a sport pilot certificate holder to fly at night, with proper training and a logbook endorsement. Yet the proposal refers to other FAA regulations requiring BasicMed or an AvMed. If you must have a medical, you are not exercising the central privilege of a sport pilot certificate. Why suggest that a sport pilot can do things that are blocked by other regulations? This conflict should be resolved.
Another opportunity gap involves aerial work. We’re pleased the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA’s) request was included, but it requires a commercial certificate to fly for compensation, and this requirement eliminates powered parachutes and weight shift trikes, for which no commercial certificate is available. This is discriminatory and should be fixed.
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ASTM standards writers raised questions about the value of noise regulations included for no present gain, “requiring solutions before the problem exists.” This appears to have political motivations.
You may find other aspects of MOSAIC that urge you to comment. If so, you may find the following helpful.
I can’t imagine anyone genuinely enjoys studying MOSAIC. The NPRM encompasses many pages in dense language; it’s tedious to review.
It just got a lot easier, thanks to Roy Beisswenger. [Beisswenger is founder and proprietor of Easy Flight]
Beginning in 2014—well before MOSAIC existed—Beisswenger and I spent years advocating on behalf of the LSA industry and the pilots that fly those light aircraft to the FAA. Beisswenger was the lead author on several white papers LAMA submitted to support each of its requests. They went over so well with the FAA that they are mentioned in the footnotes.
As you will see in the attached PDF study guide, Beisswenger has done a monster amount of work in reformatting the documents so that you can walk through it and find what you want much easier.
Beisswenger also addressed specific comments I had, whereupon studying one section, the FAA refers to another, and then to another. Before long, you forget where you started and struggle to retrace your steps. You also need internet access to study the FARs published outside the NPRM. The continuous back-and-forth makes studying the document slow, yet the clock is ticking on public comments. At this writing we have just over 60 days left.
Reviewing the NPRM is far easier with this PDF study guide because of the bookmarks, links, and backlinks, plus already-highlighted text which shows what current FARs could be changed plus some lightly-colored text that illustrates where the FAA will insert new language.
MOSAIC will still take a significant effort to review carefully, but Beisswenger made the task much easier and faster.
If you open the study guide with Adobe Acrobat on almost any device or computer—or if you use Preview on Apple laptops/desktops—you will gain access to the bookmarks (look for a small icon in the upper right of a tablet or a smart phone; in Preview, show the Table of Contents. On both, use the triangles to drop down further and further). Bookmarks are your navigation friend, helping you jump to places of interest or study.
Beisswenger even embedded back buttons on some pages when reviewing the FARs. This helps readers not get lost in their investigations.
Of course, within Acrobat (or Preview), you can search for specific text.
I observe for you that such ease of review was not possible when the SP/LSA regulation was released in 2004 (three years before the iPhone was introduced).
When reviewing MOSAIC I recommend you follow aspects of particular interest to you rather than try to absorb the whole thing.
However deep you go, Beisswenger made it much easier.
When you are ready to comment to FAA, use this link. We’ll have more advice on commenting as soon as possible but here’s some basic tips:
To see MOSAIC comments already made, use this link.
John Zimmerman, president of Sporty’s, thought our conversation in this edition of the “Pilot’s Discretion” podcast conveyed a lot of good information (audio—42 minutes). John was an excellent interviewer.
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Limited awards are available to full-time or distance students enrolling in the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
This prize has been established for students enrolled in the online offering of the MBA to recognise excellence in academic performance. The prize is awarded two times per year, once to students eligible to graduate in April/May and once to students eligible to graduate in November. The winners will be the students with the highest grade point average of those eligible to graduate. The prize is $1000.
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During their college years, many students take advantage of their school's study abroad program. These types of programs allow students to spend one (or more) semesters in a foreign country, while continuing to take classes.
This is an amazing opportunity to travel to a new place and engage in practical learning, beyond what you'll find in textbooks.
If your study abroad semester is coming up, or if it is something you think you'd like to do in the future, here are ways to make the most out of your time.
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Take time to write down the goals you have before you leave. If writing isn't really your thing, you can also make a vision board to display your goals in photographs.
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Whether you write down just a few key items, or you have a long list, writing goals early can help remind you of the things you want to accomplish while you are on your trip. Also, these goals are not the only ones you can have. You can always add more to your list during your travels.
Travel documents can take a long time to get prepared, so it's vital to gather them as soon as you can, rather than scrambling at the last minute.
The main documents you'll need are a passport and a visa, depending on the length of your program.
You likely won't be making income while you are studying abroad, so you'll want to save up money beforehand that will have you covered while you're away.
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The sooner you decide you'll be studying abroad, the better, since you'll be able to work extra hours before you leave and start putting money aside.
This will also be an important time to make a budget, so you aren't overspending during the semester. Create a rough budget to stick to before you leave, and then make any adjustments necessary once you get there.
Studying abroad is a great opportunity to learn a new language. You'll get a better grasp of the language once you spend time around people using it, but it will be helpful to begin learning the basics before you go.
If you are heading to a place you've never visited, or spent minimal time in, you'll want to conduct basic research on the country before you leave.
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Do research to determine landmarks and sights you want to see while you're abroad and find some information on the laws and proper etiquette in the foreign country.
Once you arrive, get in the habit of writing in a journal at the end of each day. Write down everything you did, what you learned and what you're looking forward to. You'll be thankful you kept a journal to look back on after your trip. Also, take lots of pictures and create a scrapbook of your journey.
If writing really isn't your thing, another option is to create a video diary of your trip, where instead of writing, you take a short clip on your phone or camera each day talking about what you did. You can combine this with pictures and videos of you exploring so you can show everyone back home.
Studying abroad affords you opportunities to meet many new people, both students in your program and locals.
Locals can teach you so much about the country and can also help you learn the language.
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Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so take advantage of the experience at hand. Visit everything you wanted to visit, spend time fully embracing the culture and learn as much as possible.
While this is easier said than done, take studying abroad as a chance to be extra extroverted and eager to learn.
If you sit back and wait for things to come to you, you're probably not going to have the experience you imagined. Ask questions, be present and enjoy every minute.
Many students carry out a project (internship or student research project) at an institution outside ETH.
In some cases, it is possible for students to do their project through an exchange programme. There are exchange agreements with all Swiss and many European universities, which include stays for projects.
For internships and other projects/study work outside of Switzerland, there are funding opportunities such as SEMP Europe Projects & Internships and SEMP Worldwide Projects & Internships. These are not linked to exchange agreements and all institutions (companies, research institutions, universities) are open.
Please refer students to us or to our website as early as possible so that we can clarify whether one of the programmes is an option.
The students organise the projects independently. However, all projects must be agreed with the department. The main supervision of student research projects always lies with ETH, even if they are carried out externally. Internships must be approved by the person responsible for the internship in the department (only compulsory or recommended internships).
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The Biden administration announced Monday it is forming a new Office of Long COVID Research and Practice to study the condition and help those who have been diagnosed with it.
The office, which will be under the Department of Health and Human Services, "is charged with on-going coordination of the whole-of-government response to the longer-term effects of COVID-19," according to a news release.
"The Office of Long COVID Research and Practice will enhance efforts being undertaken across the U.S. government to Boost the lives of those who continue to experience the long-term impacts of the worst public health crisis in a century," HHS Secretary Admiral Rachel Levine said in a statement.
"Bringing together the resources and expertise of federal, state, and local partners, patients, providers, researchers, and the business sector to answer the American people's most urgent calls to action," Levine said
Long COVID is a condition that occurs when patients still have symptoms at least four weeks after they have cleared the infection. In some cases, symptoms can be experienced for months or years.
The HHS estimates that anywhere from 7.7 million to 23 million Americans have developed long COVID after being infected with the virus.
Symptoms vary and can include fatigue, difficulty breathing, headaches, brain fog, joint and muscle pain and continued loss of taste and smell, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A CDC survey last year found 81% of adults with ongoing symptoms of COVID lasting three months or longer -- or four out of five adults -- are experiencing limitations in their daily activities compared to before they had the virus. Additionally, 25% said they were experiencing significant limitations.
It's unclear what causes people to develop long COVID but research is ongoing.
The HHS also announced Monday that the National Institutes of Health is launching long COVID clinical trials through the RECOVER Initiative, which seeks to understand, treat and prevent long COVID.
The new clinical trials will explore possible treatments for extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances, changes in body function and cognitive dysfunction,
"As our nation continues to make strides in combating COVID-19, it is crucial that we address the impact of Long COVID and provide resources to those in need," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "Last year, President Biden called on HHS to coordinate the response to Long COVID. The Official establishment of the Long COVID Coordinating office and the launch of the RECOVER clinical trials solidifies this issue as an ongoing priority."
The MBA program at UMass Lowell prepares students to effectively lead organizations in rapidly changing and diverse regional, national and global business environments, and fosters connections with alumni who lead Fortune 500 and innovative start-up companies – as well as everything in between.
Several different options allow students to tailor the MBA program to their career needs, and the program’s flexibility allows students to attend full- or part-time, with online options.
Our MBA graduates benefit not only from the degree itself, but also from the name of the degree-granting institution – the well-established, AACSB accredited, and highly ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell.
UMass Lowell has a long history in business education, preparing students for current and emerging economic sectors. Close ties to industry have developed, since our first managers were trained to lead the industrial revolution of the 1800s, which began in Lowell. These real-world connections infuse the MBA curriculum, while offering students a wide range of internship experiences and links to future employers.
Today, UMass Lowell MBA alumni lead companies in the financial, life sciences, high technology and defense sectors, to name just a few. They have also started numerous new ventures. UMass Lowell is a recognized innovation hub, hosting two start-up business incubators. UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business partners with the Francis College of Engineering and the UMass Medical School to bring new medical device products to market, and the university hosts one of the world’s most respected conferences on entrepreneurialism in higher education.
"It was while in the Netherlands on a university study tour that the idea of establishing an online digital supermarket began to form in her mind - an idea that would change her life.
Undertaken as part of her study for an EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration) through the Massey University Business School, Balle spent 10 days visiting businesses including supermarkets and fruit and vegetable growers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Back home in Auckland Balle, who was working as a chartered accountant, graduated with her EMBA in 2015. But she never forgot what she had seen in Europe and, in early 2021 took the plunge by launching Supie, the Kiwi version of the online supermarkets that so impressed her in the Netherlands.
Balle is certain her visit to Europe was a key to the idea for Supie: “Yes, 100 per cent I might not have done it if not for the Executive MBA study tour to Europe.”
“I always knew I would get into business either by helping drive someone else’s or setting up my own,” she says. “But doing the EMBA was profoundly transformational for me. It gave me the confidence I could start a business and having it on my CV provided additional credibility when I was raising capital (to launch Supie); it was a tick of approval and showed I could persevere in something.”
Balle also believes her fellow students helped. “There was an incredible diversity of people in my cohort - it included lawyers, tech people, top marketers - and gave me access to the views of more people than you would get in a job.”
With an innovative business model using the tools Balle learnt and developed the EMBA, Supie is able to market a range of products, many from small, local suppliers unable to get shelf space in the big supermarkets like Countdown and New World.
Extract from NZ Herald story, full story can be found here