The third annual edition of Bombardier’s Safety Standdown Latin America will take place next month in conjunction with the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE). This year’s expanded two-day event on August 13 and 14 in São Paolo, Brazil, will include a half day of breakout workshops on safety topics not covered in the general session. The seminar is free and open to pilots of any brand of jet but registration is required by August 10.
For fans of the U.S. space program, the next few years will be as much about looking at the past as gazing ahead to the future.
AgustaWestland last month announced that Tim Peake, an AgustaWestland senior test pilot, was selected by the European Space Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps. The European Space Agency began looking for four new (in addition to the current eight) astronauts in May last year to conduct future missions. The selection process lasted 12 months, with the ESA receiving 8,413 valid applications.
President Obama reportedly is set to name former astronaut Charles Bolden Jr. the next NASA Administrator. A meeting between the two that was set for May 18 was postponed because of a White House visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Former astronaut Curt Brown stood in front of nearly 1,500 guests at the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last month and fought back tears as he remembered seven fellow astronauts who had died just two days earlier in the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. “I came close to canceling [this appearance],” he told the audience, and then asked for a moment of silence to honor those lost.