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Amateur Astronomy Club Hosts Open House Zachary Wilkinson News Editor

Wu Force Woos Audience

When the new one meter telescope arrived on campus on Monday, dozens of students gathered in the quad area to watch the crane lift each of the four pieces. The hype started last summer when the dome for the observatory was also lifted by crane in much the same fashion. Dozens of students and faculty arrived to watch it rise up against a sunlit sky. On Friday Feb. 7, with the help of the Physics Department, the Amatuer Astronomy Club (AAC) hosted their first open house in the new College of Arts and Sciences. Nearly 350 parents and students alike enjoyed the opportunity to play Bingo, watch star videos, view the new telescope, or take a tour of the universe using Stellarium on the 5th floor. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium program for computers. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you would see with your naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. Astronomy club members Daniel Kopeck and Chelsea Martz operated the Stellarium. Daniel, a junior

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at Embry-Riddle who has been with the Astronomy club for three years took visitors in groups of 25 on tours of their favorite planets in the solar system and shared facts about each planet. “The Astronomy open house is very educational, here you can get all of life’s questions answered” said Kopeck. The pride and

joy of the College of Arts and Sciences is the new one meter Ritchey-Chretien telescope from DFM engineering. At a cost of one million dollars, it’s no small investment. Visitors were treated to tours of the observatory led by members of the Astronomy club. The President of the Astronomy club, Bert Kal-

Himani Parekh Staff Reporter Music wove in liquid images wavering through the air, blending and fusing reality with the vast landscapes of the mind. Territories behind locked doors opened and morphed into living creatures, spiraling butterflies and flying sunshine. The Earth was alive, and the man-made walls melted in her palm. The music of the Wu Force is quite literally unique, a word so overused in society that it seems to have lost its meaning. Haven’t we all heard the adage, “you’re unique, just like everybody else”? Cynicism and fear and conformity are a part of daily life, and in truth, have always been a part of human nature. The fearlessness and creativity of the musicians behind the Wu Force was a breath of freedom from these chains. On Friday, Feb 7, the Wu Force, comprised of banjo player and vocalist Abigail Washburn, guzheng master Wu Fei, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kai Welch, lit up the Willie Miller Auditorium with their vivacious and powerful sound. The performance began with what can only be termed the “tame” half, featuring deep, anecdote-driven music that stirred images and colors usually dusted over in the mechanical single-mindedness of this university’s focus. The second half of the performance took a sharp turn into the wild. The musicians returned from intermission in colorful, almost clashing, unabashedly bold attire and proceeded to bend their music

lio, a Senior at Embry-Riddle led my tour of the observatory. The telescope sat at the right of the room and hung on a forked base which pivots the telescope on it’s axis. He told each group about the telescope and answered any questions they had. The dome above the telescope rotates to allow the telescope view

in any direction. A six-foot spotter scope is attached to the main device and has a much smaller focal length so that an area of the sky can be found easier before images are taken. The spotter scope alone is six feet long, much larger than a telescope you could find in the home of an average enthusiast. The one meter

to any musical style and subject that took their fancy. They touched on Chinese story-song, jazz, a care-free tropical adventure, something akin to tap dancing…in boots…on round wooden circles, and the insane reality of Great Stress…or Great Pear (the name of the song was in Chinese and meant either of those two expressions). As a member of the audience, one could naught but admire the intensity and unboundedness of their creativity and daring. Adding to that, Washburn explained near the end of the performance that “Wu” in Chinese means “nothing,” making Wu Force the “Nothing” Force, but that nothingness is powerful because it can be anything. Mental Big Bangs, proceed. The Wu Force is all about their creative experimentation, Kai Welch elaborated. All three artists expressed their pleasure at being able to have this opportunity to share their music with us here at Embry-Riddle. A great part of that opportunity came from the efforts of Dr. Kain and the results of his Silk Road Seminar course, which discusses the fusion of Eastern and Western culture, a concept embodied by the style and chosen media of the Wu Force. In a world increasingly compartmentalized and obsessed with defining identity, the music of the Wu Force is a reminder that some of the greatest moments in human history, such as the era of the Silk Road, come not from rigid definition but from cultural blending. The Wu Force concert was not only a fun way to end the week but also a thought-provoking journey in music and culture.

telescope is currently awaiting its final piece, a mirror, which was delayed due to damage. Until then, the telescope is in a calibration stage. The mirror is expected sometime next month, which will complete the telescope. When it’s finished, it will be a learning telescope for students and astronomy professors to conduct research. And last but not least, visitors could take a walking tour of the solar system. Zachary Pebley, the Vice-President of AAC and Junior at ERAU, led the tours. We started near the Lehman Building with a sun about 12 inches in diameter. From there, we walked from planet to planet through much of campus in a scale of how far away that planet would be if we were traversing through space. It was a beautiful night for a walk in the cool misty air. We talked of celestial bodies farther away than is possible to comprehend. The Astronomy Open House brings us closer to something that is otherwise hard to grasp. With the new telescope, students will get just that much closer to the mystery which surrounds us.

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11 Campus Army ROTC Competes February





The Avion

Executive Board Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor News Editor Business Manager Photography Editor Advertising Manager

Trey Henderson Matt Michlowitz Zack Wilkinson Lyndsay Hurilla Austin Coffey Richard Weakley

Editorial Staff Front Editor Campus Editor SGA Editor Student Life Editor I&T Editor Sports Editor Comics Editor Entertainment Editor Copy Editor

Trey Henderson Lyndsay Hurilla Matt Michlowitz Andy Litchenstein Zack Wilkinson Ryan Hurilla Nathan Dworak Austin Coffey Josh Nutzati Michael Hix Suzanne Fernandes Photo Courtesy: Army ROTC

Staff Members Reporters

Himani Parekh Anthony Carpeneti

Staff Advisor Wesley Lewis, Asst. Director, Media & Marketing

Contact Information Main Phone: (386) 226-6049 Ad Manager: (386) 226-7697 Fax Number: (386) 226-6727 Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor News Editor Business Manager Photography Editor Advertising Manager

Brandon Aquadro C/Maj., Army ROTC On Jan 24 and 25, 2014, Embry Riddle’s Army ROTC program sent two teams of nine to compete in the 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition. The event pitted Army ROTC programs across the South East against each other, testing the physical and mental strength of each team. Events included M-16 marksmanship, a hand-grenade assault course, and combat medical care to name a few. Over the weekend, 48 teams competed in a series of obstacles and challeng-

es, travelling over 25 miles for the chance to compete nationally at the United States Military Academy. At the beginning of each Fall semester, the Army ROTC program holds tryouts for a chance to join the Ranger Challenge team. If selected, the team members are put through enhanced physical and academic training in preparation for the January competition. Every member of both teams has devoted much of their personal time for training far beyond the expectations of other Army Cadets. However, it would not have been possible for the Rang-


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The Avion is produced weekly during the fall and spring term, and bi-weekly during summer terms. The Avion is produced by a volunteer student staff. Student editors make all content, business and editorial decisions. The editorial opinions expressed in The Avion are solely the opinion of the undersigned writer(s), and not those of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Student Government Association, the staff of The Avion, or the student body. Letters appearing in The Avion are those of the writer, identified at the end of the letter. Opinions expressed in the “Student Government” and “Student Life” sections are those of the identified writer. Letters may be submitted to The Avion for publication, provided they are not lewd, obscene or libelous. Letter writers must confine themselves to less than 800 words. Letters may be edited for brevity and formatted to newspaper guidelines. All letters must be signed. Names may be withheld at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. The Avion is an open forum for student expression. The Avion is a division of the Student Government Association. The Avion is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press. The costs of this publication are paid by the Student Government Association and through advertising fees. The Avion distributes one free copy per person. Additional copies are $0.75. Theft of newspapers is a crime, and is subject to prosecution and Embry-Riddle judicial action. This newspaper and its contents are protected by United States copyright law. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, in print or electronically, without the expressed written consent of The Avion. Correspondence may be addressed to: The Avion Newspaper, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Physical office: John Paul Riddle Student Center, Room 110. Phone: (386) 226-6049. Fax: (386) 226-6727.

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er Challenge competition to occur without the diligent work of Eagle Battalion Cadets and Cadre that were not competing in the Challenge themselves. Our Embry Riddle ROTC program was tasked with much of the planning for the event. Specifically, ERAU was the backbone of logistical operations, and provided Cadets to ensure the event was smoothly run. Overall, teams 1 and 2 took 7th and 36th, respectively. Although individual fitness and knowledge is important for each member, success or failure rests on the shoulders

of each team as a whole. Although this year’s competition is now over, prospective members of next year’ team will soon be once again preparing for January 2015. To follow ERAU’s Army ROTC program, like our page “Eagle BN Army ROTC” on Facebook! For information on joining Embry Riddle’s Army ROTC program: LTC (R) Oakland McCulloch Recruiting Operations Officer/Stetson University OIC Army ROTC Work: Stetson: 386-822-8723 Pref: ERAU: 386-226-7376 E-mail:

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A3 Campus Unmanned Aerial Systems and Ethics February


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Lyndsay Hurilla Business Manager

On Wednesday Feb. 5, the President’s Speaker Series returned to campus once again, the topic being Unmanned Aerial Systems with an Ethics twist. Two highly respected Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professors, professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Charles Reinholtz and professor of ethics Dr. Anke Arnaud, discussed both the technical and the ethical sides of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Dr. Reinholtz has spent a large part of his career in the robotics field amongst working 24 years at Virginia Tech. He believes that robotics and the UAS major is a “great magnet for students.” His counterpart for the event, Dr. Arnaud, is originally from Germany and got her Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of Florida. One of the questions that has fascinated Dr. Arnaud throughout her career, the question of “why good people do bad things,” tied strongly into the UAV conversation of the night. The event began with Dr. Reinholtz discussing some basic facts and terms related to the UAS field. When asked what has driven the development

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of the field, Dr. Reinholtz said it had a lot to do with the low cost of technology relative to the past. Dr. Reinholtz also took time to stress the difference between unmanned systems that are controlled remotely and those that are autonomous. He also commented on his belief that civilian applications of unmanned systems will be far more important than those of the military. Dr. Arnaud then stepped in with a very important question: “Who

is actually in control?” Scientists can talk all day about the technological accomplishments of the UAS field, but it is not often that they address the ethical issues behind their technologies. Even Dr. Reinholtz admits that ethics is not often a main focus of scientists and engineers. This led directly into the conversation on government involvement. Some people believe that the government interferes with innovation and development; however, both Dr.

Stopping at each important decade, year, or even moment, Hiatt and his band will play songs that summarize the progression of Rock. There may be some hesitancy involved in going to see a “cover band,” but do not be fooled; this is not the cover band that one will find see at the Ocean Deck performing over-played Bob Marley songs. This band is so impressive that they have frequented Norway, Sweden, and Finland for over a decade, covering Stevie Ray Vaughan in concerts that net them the front page of foreign newspapers. In fact, upon donning the hat made famous by Vaughan, one must be convinced that Hiatt isn’t the late blues guitarist. Hiatt’s knowledge of his Stratocaster is quickly evident, as he shreds through decades of rock, each song increasingly more complicated than the last. Crash and Stevie are with him every step of the way, each just as capable of transi-

tioning from the simple beats of Buddy Holly to the more complex sound of a Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hiatt’s understanding of how Rock ‘N’ Roll progressed is just as apparent as his mastery of the guitar. Citing the importance of Muddy Waters, poking fun at Johnny Ramone, and even acknowledging Australian bands like Jet, The Chris Hiatt Experience finds a way to work in every important facet of rock. Once foolishly dubbed by this reporter as “The Human Jukebox,” Hiatt’s true moniker is “The Encyclopedia.” His bluesy, psychedelic, groovy, devil-worshipping, and even punkish journey through the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll is highlighted by his quick wit, sharp insight, and true mastery of his axe. This class is required for all budding musicians, Rock enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the most approachable musical genius one could ever have the pleasure of meeting.

Arnaud and Dr. Reinholtz agreed that regulations are important and the government should play a peacekeeping role. But is technology advancing quicker than we can contemplate the consequences and pass legislation? Dr. Arnaud says that it is. The responsibility to control these advancements ultimately falls on us as humans, and that is why, according to Dr. Arnaud, we must ask the question, “because we can, should we?” When this question was raised,

Dr. Reinholtz countered by stating that UAS can be “applied in positive ways,” mentioning agricultural uses as a substantial example. However, he did allow for the impossibility of keeping this technology out of the wrong hands. He believes that staying ahead of the technology is the best way to reduce the negative effects. Privacy was another main subject of the night following the concern felt nationally with the recent increase in UAS activity.

The general consensus of the discussion was that privacy is mostly gone nowadays due to social media and cell phones. Both professors believe privacy to be an issue but also seem to be of the mind that the public is slightly overreacting to UAVs’ ability to invade privacy. Dr. Reinholtz made the comment that your neighbor could look over your fence or current pilots flying overhead could take a picture with a camera just as easily. The event was full of insightful questions and complicated answers. At the end, we were left with the idea that robots and unmanned systems are incredible and have the ability to act logically over humans, but there is often no substitution for human judgment and responsibility. Dr. Reinholtz and Dr. Arnaud did a fantastic job of covering all aspects of this controversial topic. If you missed this President’s Speakers Series, you can attend the next event on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium, inside the Willie Miller Instructional Center. Next time’s guest speaker, renowned author Anthony D’Aries, will be discussing his book “The Language of Men.”

Rock-N-Roll 101 to be Offered

Dylan Pratt Guest Reporter

In a class offered only one night the entire semester, Professor Chris Hiatt will be teaching Rock ‘N’ Roll 101 at 7 p.m. this Wednesday night, in the Student Center. No, there aren’t any credit hours requirements to be met, because true Rock ‘N’ Roll doesn’t care about credit hours. Chris Hiatt encourages students to come to class unprepared and underdressed. If there is a pop quiz, everyone’s lowest grades, no matter how many, are dropped; and those who ace it will receive a prize, the way any good grading scale works. Returning for what will be their third encore at Embry-Riddle, Hiatt and his band members Crash (drums) and Stevie (bass) are primed to blow out any remaining speakers from their previous visit, and teach students about the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll, from Buddy Holly to Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam.

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In the Shoes of Sammy Arthur

Lyndsay Hurilla Business Manager

For the past two weeks, I have been shadowing a member of the Student Finance board, or SFB. Samantha Arthur, a sophomore in the UAS program, has been a member of the SFB for two semesters now, and by shadowing her, I got a day-by-day look into what it means to be a member on the SFB side of the SGA. First let’s discuss what the SFB does. The SFB is headed by the SGA Treasurer, and their function within the SGA is to handle the money received from the SGA fee students pay in their tuition. When I asked Sammy how she saw her mission as part of the SFB, she said their goal is to give as much money as they can

to student organizations. She wants “everyone to get a piece of their own money back.” The SFB members spend two weeks, near the beginning of the semester, doing allocations. They listen to budget proposals from all of the student organizations on campus who wish to receive money and decide how much of their budget to approve. Members are also encouraged to sit on committees within the SGA; these committees direct focus onto specific interests on campus, such as the SafeRide Committee that runs the SafeRide program. Furthermore, SFB members also have weekly office hours that they must serve. During these hours they perform tasks necessary to keep the financial side of the SGA running

Program Updates Vincent Ramsey SGA Vice President As some of you may know the Student Government Association has been working on getting a Hammock Park installed on campus. We are also fully renovating the Blue Bike Program (hence the absence of it this school year) to make it the most efficient. Much work from our side has taken place between the representatives, our office staff, and the administration to ensure these projects are done right. First of all, I want to thank everyone for their patience with these programs as you can expect a kick off of the Blue Bikes very soon and the beginning installation of the Hammock Park once finalized. The bike program was originally created where a student had the bike for the entire semester. This ended up only allowing us to utilize the bikes for one student at a time, often leaving us without enough bikes for others. In the future the program will be on a 2-4 week check-in/check-out system where students will either renew their rental or allow for another student to check out the same bike. This will allow for students using them temporarily to not keep the bike the entire

semester. We are also making the rental process completely free but have the ability to charge a student a fee if the bike is not returned. We are almost ready to launch this program and are just awaiting for more bikes to come in. Upon this, we will be up and riding! Now for the newest addition to our campus, the Hammock Park! All of you have been waiting for this addition on our campus. Well the approval process is almost finished and we are just waiting for the design of the area to be completed. It will be located in the recently filled area behind the tennis courts. This is the area immediately to the left if you are walking down the student village bridge. We are thankful the administration has given us the opportunity to put what YOU, the student wants in that space. Once the blue prints arrive all that is left to do is order the hammocks and have them installed! As you can see we are working for you each and every day to make sure this campus is all you want it to be. So, keep on letting us know what else you would like to see and look out for these new additions to our campus!

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smoothly. Another thing the members do is attend events, when requested, hosted by the organizations that benefit from allocations. The money awarded during allocations is not the only money the SFB awards. They also listen to capital expenditure requests from organizations during their weekly meetings throughout the rest of the semester. These requests are for expenses above and beyond organizations’ budgets. Through capital expenditures, the SFB rewards the remainder of the money left over from the SGA fee collection. Now you’re probably thinking that it sounds like a lot of work to be an SFB member and a successful student, but Sammy assured me that it is possible. Above

her classes and SGA activities, she still finds time to work three days a week and be an active member of other organizations on campus. Her busiest time of the semester is the allocations period, but after that, her schedule calms down and becomes more regular. She sometimes does a few random tasks Monday through Wednesday for her position. Then on Thursdays the SFB has their weekly meeting, and she serves office hours directly following and a few more hours on Friday. Her favorite part of her position, however, is getting to learn about the different organizations and how much is really offered to the students here on campus. She is also really excited about the opportunity she has to represent the

SFB and Embry-Riddle at the Conference on Student Government Association at Texas A&M University. This conference will give her the opportunity to travel while gaining knowledge and leadership experience. Does having a say in where your money goes sound appealing to you? If so, get involved with the SFB. SFB members are elected, and elections are coming up at the end of this semester. Last spring, Sammy wanted to get more involved on campus so she asked around, and people encouraged her to run for a position. She wasn’t sure what to expect, but she says, “I just went for it, and I loved it.” If you want to get involved you can stop into the SGA office in the UC and ask for more

information. Shadowing members, attending meetings, and talking to current members are great ways to get involved. Sammy encourages all students to “join SGA, it will be a great decision.”

Braxton Woodward COE Representative

versity.” To accomplish this, the Progress Committee holds weekly meetings, files through student suggestions via the SGA’s Suggestion Box, surveys students, meets with administration and faculty, and invites students to attend the SRB’s weekly meetings to voice student concerns. One of the recently completed projects is the Blue Bike program, which gives students a free opportunity to rent a bicycle. Another is the Blue Poncho service, which makes complementary; single-use ponchos available in the SGA office to keep students dry on rainy days. The Progress

Committee is also currently working on some new innovative projects, for example, cleaning and renovating the Aerospace Engineering Senior Design Lab (LB133). Additionally, the Progress Committee is assisting in the development and implementation of a hammock park on the Embry-Riddle campus. Other than developing new projects to benefit the student body, the Progress Committee also holds weekly events called Things for Thursday. These weekly events take place from noon until 2pm and are designed to be fun, engaging activities for the student body to par-

ticipate in. For the upcoming semester, the Progress Committee is planning on hosting events such as: Whack a Marshmallow, a Splashball Homerun Derby, March Madness, a soccer shootout, and Decorate-A-Cupcake. The Progress Committee meets every Tuesday at 5:15pm in the Endeavor Conference Room. All students are encouraged to attend meetings and members at Large are always welcome. This committee is here to serve the student body, improve student life and move the Student Government Association in the right direction with its innovative ideas. That’s Progress.

Many also state that a printer may take up to 5 minutes to warm up and often times does not have paper in it. They also say that the equipment seems outdated and passed on from other labs. Furthermore, students often complain that the room is dirty and that it seems like the only custodial work done in the lab is the emptying of the trash cans. Your Student Government Association will be taking an initiative to improve this lab for the students who use it. We want to make life bet-

ter for you. If you have any thoughts on the condition of this lab, good or bad, please help us out and fill out a short survey. It will help us out a lot when it comes to making the decisions for what needs to be repaired. The survey will be

made available in the SGA office, in LB 133, and online at With your help, we can ensure that this lab reflects our status as the #1 aerospace engineering degree in the country!

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Progress Committee

The Progress committee is one of the many committees within The Student Government Association’s Legislative Branch. The committee contains members from both the Student Representative Board and the Student Finance Board as well as general members at large. Taken directly from the Student Representative Board’s Constitution, “The Progress Committee shall be responsible for developing, reviewing, and executing ideas and projects to benefit the general student body of the Uni-

Lehman Improvements

James Baldyga COE Representative

When late night hours become early morning hours, you know that you may have procrastinated too long to begin work on a project. Our labs at ERAU become places students spend lots of time in, and we desire that those labs remain functional. Over the past few months, many students have expressed their dissatisfaction with the aerospace engineering design lab (LB 133). Complaints often mention that the lab is full of mismatched chairs, many of which are broken; computers have broken hardware and some are unable to connect to the network.

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A5 Student Life Your $100 Investment in the SGA February


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Finance Board

This semester you gave the SGA $100 of your money. What are we doing with it? Here’s the simple answer: we give a lot to

our Divisions, a lot to our student organizations, and keep a little for ourselves to work on projects and special events. But if we break that down, you’ll find that you can get your $100 back (and probably a little

more). Each student pays $100 each semester. There are 4,980 students on campus this semester, which means the SGA brought in $498,000. Here’s the basic analysis:

The SGA Divisions, which consist of WIKD, Touch-n-Go, and The Avion, are traditionally allocated about 50% of our revenue. Our Budget Guidelines recom-

mend that we give 35% to Touch-n-Go, 10% to The Avion, and 5% to WIKD. Our Divisions are guaranteed such a high amount because they provide a service to the entire student

body that requires a large, assured budget to operate each semester. Let’s break those Division budgets down a bit and provide you with more detail.

Touch-n-Go was allocated $179,500 this semester, and let’s be honest: that’s a lot of money. Touch-n-Go is really great at stretching that allocation to provide a hefty list of quality shows for the student body. This semester they’re hosting 4 Seriously Funny Comedy Series Shows with 7 Comedians, Winter Wonderland with an Ice Rink and Nov-

elties, Casino Night, Eagle Country Fest with Two Artists and Novelties, Stress Relief Day, 3 In-Flight Entertainment Activities, 15 Thursday Night Movies, TNG Big Show. Each show involves hospitality, lodging, and advertising, plus the knowledge gained by the TNG staff from their annual NACA Conference. If we divided

the costs evenly among each production, they would cost $6,648.15 each. And if every student attended every event it would break down to $1.33 per student. That’s almost as much as a McDonald’s Sweet Tea, 2.7 postage stamps, or a pack of powered donuts from the vending machine on the flight deck. So next time you’re

Gabrielle Hoekstra SGA Treasurer

planning a Netflix-filled weekend, check Touchn-Go’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter and see if they have an event planned for you! The Avion was allocated $40,963. Each individual paper like the one you’re holding costs $1.50 to print. But when you include additional production costs such as student wages (The Avion has secretaries and copy editors), gas for air shows, reimbursements for restaurant reviews, office supplies, polos, comics, and their ACP conference for training and development, the cost of the paper in your hands jumps to $3.41. That almost matches the cost of a Starbucks Refresher that you can drink while reading this paper. Almost. WIKD, our campus radio station, was allocated $35,713.40. If you’ve listened lately, you’ll notice that they’re now on iHeartRadio, they still don’t play commercials, and they play whatever music you want to hear since they aren’t

bound to commercial revenue. WIKD is a low-power station, which means that it only reaches a 10-mile radius around our university. Operating a radio station doesn’t cost too much if you only want to play songs or talk shows. Basic expenses include song royalties, studio repairs, and wages. But WIKD goes above and beyond to provide free DJ service to students and organizations on campus, their Jamuary concert, promotional t-shirts and bumper stickers, and a high-quality station from their training at the national IBS conference. This semester their allocation will last them 121 days, or 1/3 of the year. This means it costs the radio station $295.15 to operate each day, or $0.20 a minute. If you have a 10-minute drive to school each day and listen to WIKD, you get $2.05 of free entertainment- and that’s before you even get to campus. In one month, you can get back your entire SGA

fee by: Attending 4 TNG events (one per week) at $1.33 an event for a total of $5.32. Read The Avion each week at $3.41 an issue for a total of $13.64. Listen to WIKD each day on your way to school and on your way home at $2.05 per trip (times 40 trips, assuming you come to school 5 days a week for four weeks) for a total of $82. By utilizing your SGA Divisions, you’ll get back $100.96 of your SGA fee without putting forth too much effort. Now let’s talk about student organizations. This semester the SGA allocated $172,162.03 to 121 organizations. If we average that out, it comes to $1,422.83 per organization. If we assume that each organization has 15 members (some have more, some have less, and many students are part of multiple organizations), this means each member gets about $94.86 back from their student organization.

Now let’s pretend that you’re ambitious and joined two organizations on campus. By the time you’ve taken advantage of your SGA Divisions and all that your organization has to offer, the value of your SGA fee increases to $290.68. You don’t need to major

in Business or Finance to know that your SGA Fee almost triples in value when you get involved. So this semester take some initiative: join an organization or two, go to a Touchn-Go event instead of paying $10 to go to the movies, listen to WIKD when you’re studying or run-

ning, and read The Avion instead of your friends’ Facebook posts. And, if you’re ever craving some caffeine or sugar, remember that the SGA office always has free coffee, tea, and candy. Remember: you already paid your $100. Let the SGA triple that investment!

11 Student Life College of Aviation Welcomes Families Page


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Suzanne Fernandes Copy Editor The Family Weekend last week was met with some monsoon-like gloomy weather. But not even these rains can bring down the enthusiasm of the College of Aviation (COA) staff and students. The entire purpose of the Family weekend, in Dr. Tim Brady’s words (Dean of the College of Aviation) is for families to experience the day to day lives of their sons/daughters, and socialize with the faculty and staff that interact with the students on a daily basis. A full day agenda was set out by the College of Aviation beginning with a Welcome message from Dr. Brady and an open forum with the faculty at the Willie Miller Center Auditorium. Following that, families were welcomed to a cook-out


hosted by the faculty and staff at the Q Hangar. The COA administration was helped with the set up of the event by Professional Programs Student Assistant Orlando Pantojas and Alpha Omicron Alpha (AOA) Aeronautical Honor Society. Music for the event was provided by Professor Zahornacky of the COA department, who by the way, also broadcasted shows for WIKD 102.5 FM last semester. The hangar was filled with families enjoying the food and company being provided. Inspite the dragging weather, families seemed to like the schedule of events listed for them to be a part of. Following the scrumptious meal, families signed up for the tours of the Flight line and COA buildings which were conducted by AOA. Families got to indulge in a variety of

activities within the COA building like flying the Redbird Simulators in the tutor lab, touring the Spatial Disorientation lab, High Altitude lab, viewing a demonstration of an Unmannedd Aerial System, viewing a jet transport category simulation among informational sessions on scholarship opportunities, crash site investigation, space adventures and a lot more. The AMS department picked on the interests of the families by demonstrating a jet engine start up, showcasing the newly donated G3 aircraft, and providing a tour of the Airframe Structures lab and Powerplant Turbine lab. The Advanced Flight Simulation Center introduced the new full-flight simulator, and held a ‘Race against other families in your own FTD’ event for families who

Photo Courtesy: Zack Wilkinson/The Avion Newspaper Dr. Tim Brady, Dean of the college of Aviation recieves his notes via Quadcopter before addressing the College of Aviation Families and students on Saturday Afternoon.

loved the thrill of it. There was also a pre-flight competition held in the fleet hangar where each family was given 15 minutes to pre-flight N402ER. The first place winners

will be awarded flight time in the Diamond Twin Star while the second and third places win flight time in the Cessna Skyhawk. The family weekend was exciting for all,

faculty, student, families alike. I hope every family got to experience the ‘family’ we have at Embry-Riddle away from home. It truly is a wonderful place to study at! Blue Skies.

The Frocket Evolves Robert Consolo Serengetee Campus Rep. Every fraternity and sorority on this campus is very familiar with the frocket a.k.a. your average pocket tee. So many different companies create fabrics and send them out to the public, some at extreme prices. Serengetee is a newly forming pocket tee company throwing a lot more out there than the average pocket tee company. Three college students coming off a study abroad program formed Serengetee with two goals, to give back to the communities that inspired the design ,

and to connect the world through fabric. With these goals in mind and the fabric they purchased from local markets in the countries they visited travelling the world, they began. Each fabric collected is partnered with a cause that allows for a portion of sales to go to that respective cause so that you can give back to the communities that inspired your Serengetee. Now with 100’s of fabrics that are constantly changing, 32 causes, many different products from sweatshirts, backpacks and more, Serengetee is rising up from

the depths. The word still needs to be spread about this new, revolutionary brand so that handmade fabrics from around the world can be appreciated instead of the big brand names. These pockets are going to revolutionize the communities of campuses across the country. My name is Rob Consolo and I am the Serengetee campus rep for ERAU. To get more information on discounts, weekly contests, the products or its causes, please refer to the Serengetee at Riddle page on Facebook or you can email me at

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Family Weekend Zack Wilkinson News Editor The Embry-Riddle Student Activities Department hosts a family weekend each Spring semester. Families join their students for a weekend to enjoy many great events with their son or daughter. Friday night was packed with events for families. They could attend a concert by the award winning band, Wu Force, attend an Astronomy Open House, or go to Touch-N-Go’s Hollywood Weekend Movie, Despicable Me 2. The Florida rain did its best to dampen the spirits of the attendees, it prevented one event on friday afternoon which was able to be moved to Saturday. A great time was still had by all who attended. On Saturday morning, an extensive breakfast was provided in the Student Center for all of the par-



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ticipating families. Dr. Richard Heist adressed those in attandance and expressed his great enjoyment of this student body and all of the things it does. After breakfast, the families were encoruaged to attend college-specific seminars hosted by each degree program. Most notably, the College of Aviation, which held a barbeque in the maintenance hangars. Saturday afternoon was filled with Simulator races, open ATC labs, WX labs, and a very popular Block party with carnival games, a caricature artist, and a bounce house. Satuday night featured a hilarious comedy routine labeled ‘Mission Improvable’. On Sunday, transportation to Disny World in Orlando was provided to families. We definitley owe thanks to Student Activites for this wonderful weekend we won’t soon forget.

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Lockheed Returns to the Civilian Market Airshow Center New Smyrna

New Smyrna Beach, FL March 28-30 • Hot-air balloons are what got this event started back in 2009. From a small gathering of a dozen balloons one Friday night, the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest has grown into a world class three-day aviation, entertainment, and educational event. _________

Mustangs & Mustangs Polk City, FL April 5

• Everyone agrees that John

Najjar, the co-designer of the original Ford Mustang, venerated the North American P-51. But maybe you need more proof. On a fine spring day every year at Fantasy of Flight, classic Ford Mustangs line up with North American P-51 World War II fighters. _________

Sun ’n Fun Fly-In Lakeland, FL April 1-6

• There’s always something at SUN ‘n FUN for everyone. Whether you’re actively involved in aviation or an aviation enthusiast, SUN ‘n FUN has an activity for just about every interest. As soon as the sky is quieted from the sounds of props and rotors, the night darkness erupts again in a blaze of fireworks. The SUN ‘n FUN fightline is pulsed with peonies, chrysanthemums, willows, dahlias, waterfalls and horsetails (to name a few)! _________

Vero Beach Air Show Vero Beach, FL May 10-11

• The Blue Angels will be the

Anthony Carpeneti Staff Reporter Remember when Lockheed was producing a civilian variant of their incredibly popular military aircraft called the C-130? Well, looks like they are back in the Civilian Market after a 22-year absence. On Feb. 3, 2014, Lockheed Martin formally re-launched the LM-100J Program after putting the project on hold in 2000 to focus on military development and production.

Lockheed has quite a long history in the Civilian Market, but have more experience on the military side of things. Their Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft is one of the most popular and versatile aircraft in the world today. The C-130 first flew on Aug. 23, 1954 and entered military service on Dec. 9, 1957. But Lockheed had another trick up their sleeve, seeing how they saw that their military version was incredibly popular. So, they decided to produce

Jonathan Lezman Guest Reporter Drones are all over the news lately with congressional lawmakers trying to implement them into the National Airspace System, yet another type of drone was just grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to CNN, “Local brewery Lakemaid was testing a new drone delivery system to airlift frosty cases of beer to fishermen holed up in ice shacks on Mille Lacs Lake. After spotting a Lakemaid YouTube video that went up last week of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a test run, the FAA contacted Lakemaid

and told the company to stop. Unfortunately for Lakemaid fans and anyone else dreading a walk to the corner store, it’s currently against the law to fly drones for commercial purposes or above 40 feet in the United States. The FAA is working on a comprehensive set of rules and regulations that will pave the way for commercial drone flight, but the legislation won’t be ready until at least 2015 and drones might not be in the skies until 2017. Until then, thirsty fishermen must obtain their beverages through old-fashioned terrestrial delivery methods.” Since the United States Federal Government allows for

The Soviet Union exchanges captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers – shot down over Soviet territory in 1960 – for Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher, also known as Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

February 15, 1965

G Meher sets out from Culver City, California on a journey to become the first woman to cross the United States by helicopter.

acy L-100 operators tell us that the best replacement for an L-100 is an advanced version of the same aircraft.” Lockheed has filed an application with the United States regulators to update the Hercules line with a new civilian variant that would incorporate the advances in efficiency and systems developed for the military counterpart sold to 16 nations. It is great to see Lockheed re-entering the Civilian market soon after a long absence.

petitions, the fact is that a petition was developed for the beer-delivering drone by pro-drone advocates. So far, the petition only has 183 signatures, far short the 100,000 needed to be recognized by the White House. Senator Rand Paul, who has been recognized as “antidrone” recently tweeted “Perhaps I am not against ALL drones!” and he linked the story during a South African music festival. Drones are not just meant for foreign – or domestic warfare. Many drones are used for less lethal purposes. According to CNN, ““While we are evaluating many potential uses of [UAVs] as we move toward their

safe integration into the nation’s airspace, commercial operation of such aircraft is not yet allowed,” said FAA spokesperson Elizabeth Cory in an e-mail. Announcing plans to deliver goods by drone has been a popular publicity stunt for U.S. companies over the past year. On a recent “60 Minutes” segment, Amazon demonstrated a drone delivery system it’s working on for packages. The company conducted the tests outside the country to avoid breaking U.S. law. In June, the Domino’s pizza chain said it was developing a drone capable of delivering up to two pizzas.” Although a pizza and beer delivering drone

may seem ‘gimmicky’, drones are popping up more and more every day in the news, which has some of the public concerned. Many anti-drone groups have passed local legislation that makes it legal to shoot down drones flying overhead with the proper “hunting license”; however, the use of drones for police surveillance and for a dronestrike program is much more debatable. Until FAA regulation begins in 2015 and continues to shape who or what is overhead, the FAA will continue to ensure the protection of life and property within the confines of the United States’ airspace

descending. “But the FAA, in a notice in the Federal Register on Monday (January 27, 2014), said it has determined that potential problems with rivets could cause “failures or jams” that affect the plane’s ability to climb or descend. The failure could result in “possible loss of control of the airplane,” the FAA said according to the Wall Street Journal. Moreover, with possible catastrophic failure looming for a plane carrying hundreds of lives, the FAA has released a mandatory safety inspection on over 400 aircraft – companies have six years to comply. However, large airline companies like United have already argued that “Boeing’s service bulle-

tin made the safety directive unnecessary. But agency officials determined that without a mandate they would have no way of ensuring airline compliance.” according to the Wall Street Journal. Also, the new mandate would require additional testing and maintenance every 6,000 flight hours after the initial mandate was complied with; however, Boeing will cover some of the cost of inspection and repair. This safety directive has been fourteen years in the making, and the FAA hopes to reduce the risk of using an unsafe part on an aircraft that is entrusted with persons’ safety. With the new tests and 6,000 hour periodic inspections, this mandate is expect-

ed to cost the airline industry millions of dollars, but at what cost is safety pushed aside? The United States Federal Government has indoctrinated safety into the FAA’s mission statement not only because safety should be a concern, but because safety is a standard and an expectation. Passengers want safe, reliable, fast modes of airline travel, and the new mandate on 767 elevators will help to ensure safety for years to come. The United States National Airspace System is the safest, most efficient airspace in the world, and with new safety measures for large aircraft like the 767, it will continue to operate with safety as its number one goal.

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take off and land from short and unimproved runways in remote areas, and are most widely used in Alaska, Canada, and parts of Africa and Australasia. The military version of the C-130J is used for troop and equipment supply and humanitarian missions. “The LM-100J is… a modern answer to the existing, multi-tasked L-100 airlift fleet,” George Shultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed’s C-130 programs. “Our customers and leg-

Beer Delivering Drone Grounded

stars. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the excitement. You’ll thrill to the performances of the best air show acts in the country.

This Week in Aviation History

a civilian version of the C-130 called the L-100 Hercules. It first flew on April 20, 1964 and it was introduced on Sept. 30, 1965. Between Sept. 30, 1965 and when production ended in 1992, deliveries totaled 114 aircraft. Proving how successful this version of the C-130 is, there are still 71 aircraft still in service around the world, with 36 of them in commercial service and 35 of them in military service as of 2009. The Civilian Hercules are noted for their ability to

In last week’s article “Failed 767 Elevators,” the author was incorrectly reported. The Avion regrets the error.

Jonathan Lezman Guest Reporter Since the 1950s, The Boeing Company has revolutionized the aviation industry with cutting edge technology, larger-than-life aircraft, and an incredible safety record; however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered a ‘recall’ of over 400 Boeing 767s. The Boeing 767 is a medium to largesized commercial jet aircraf that has been installed into

the National Airspace System and many companies around the world since their rollout in 1981; consequently, thousands of 767s have been sold and delivered to all corners of the world, prompting for global recognition from this giant. Although many aircraft go through multiple safety recalls, the new 767 safety recall has been in the making since 2000. The problem stems from the elevator – the critical part on the aircraft used for climbing and

February 17, 1974

Robert K. Preston steals a U.S. Army UH-1 Iroquois helicopter at Fort Meade, Maryland, and hovers it over the White House in Washington, D.C.

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Colgan, Five Years Later

The tragic crash of Colgan-Air flight 3407 on Feb 12, 2009 has changed the way our government views pilot training and experience. Fifty people we’re killed in a fiery accident that frigid night just five miles short of Runway 23 at Buffalo International Airport (KBUF). Nearing the completion of the approach into BUF, the aircraft became slow, and the autopilot responded with increased trim to maintain a pre-selected altitude. After a short time, the aircraft became slow enough for the stick-shaker to activate. The stick shaker device is intended to automatically decrease the angle-of-attack of the aircraft by forcing the controls forward. After this first activation, the autopilot disengaged, and the flight crew took over control of the aircraft. They were unable to stabilize it. The aircraft pitched up and rolled left and right as much as 105 degrees each way. The Captain overpowered the stick shaker repeatedly by pulling back on the yoke. The stick shaker engaged another two times before the aircraft collided with the ground. At no time did the pilot controlling the aircraft react to lower the nose and escape from the stall. The aircraft, a Dash8 Q400, then spun in at low altitude and crashed nose first into a house. The crash was extensively covered in news media and ended up on capitol hill when families of the victims began acting for change. The campaign to change pilot qualifications was led largely by Jeff Skiles, famously known as the first officer operating beside ‘Sully’ Sullenberger in the US Airways 1549 emergen-

cy landing into the Hudson just a few weeks before the Colgan crash. Powered by this testimony, HR5900 was composed to restructure pilot training. The Bill was sponsored by James Oberstar (D-MN) in the 110th congress. At the time, James Oberstar was the chairman of the Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure. One of its subcommittees, the Aviation rulemaking Committee, or ARC, was responsible for drafting up the A-NPRM, and subsequent NPRM, which outlined the changes air carriers would be forced to undergo with the introduction of the new law. The bill was passed through Congress quickly without proper consultation of aviation representatives. President Obama signed the bill into law on Oct 10, 2010. Among the things the bill included were stricter crew duty regulations, enhanced ATP training, enhanced stall and spin training for air carriers, and a certificate database for failures. Most notably, the law also outlined a significant change in who can operate as a first officer in an air carrier. Known widely as ‘The-1500-hour-rule’, the new ATP still has the same minimum hour requirement as the previous, however it disallowed first officers to operate an aircraft unless they have an ATP and type rating. Previously, commercial pilots could operate as first officers after attaining their 250 hours.

An investigation of any crash includes a detailed look into who was operating the aircraft. The 47-year-old captain of the Dash-8 was an ATP whom had 3,379 hours of total flying time. He had 3,051 hours in turbine aircraft and 111 in the DHC-8. In his flight training career, the captain had failed a total of four checkrides. The 24-year-old first officer was a Commercial pilot with 2,244 hours of total flight time. She had 774 hours of turbine time, all of which was in the DHC-8. In her flight training career she

he failed his initial attempt at his ATP certificate in a SAAB-340. He reported only one of the prior failures to Colgan in his initial job application, effectively covering the rest up. A portion of the Airline Extension act now requires the FAA to maintain a database of checkride failures which air carriers will be required to monitor before hiring. Pilot fatigue also came under the spotlight after the crash. The Cockpit Voice recorder captured both crewmembers yawning during the flight. Before departure, The first officer commented that she was tired and wanted to call in sick before the flight but felt pressured to remain at work. It was later discovered that the captain had also spent Photo Courtesy: Rudy Riet nights prior sleeping in had failed one checkride, the crew room at EWR. Colher initial attempt at her CFI gan airline’s had a fatigue-recertificate. Both pilots oper- porting program, however ating the aircraft had signifi- it had only been used 12 cantly more hours than the times from 2008-2009. A minimum now required for fatigue risk management an ATP. plan is now required to be Much scrutiny came published by each part 121 upon the captain of the air- carrier as fatigue is believed craft. NTSB officials discov- to have been an accessory ered the checkride failures of to the accident. In response the flight 3347 Captain. The to these upcoming changes captain failed his first check in legislation, aviation uniride flight for an IFR certifi- versities like Embry-Ridcation in a PA-28. He failed dle acted early seeking to the first try at his Commer- protect their students and cial Single Initial certificate programs through represenin a C-177. He failed his first tation in Washington. An checkride for his Commer- addendum in the final bill cial Multi-engine add on in allowed pilots who received a PA-44. And finally, while training at an ABBI accreda First Officer at Colgan, ited Universities to receive

a Restricted ATP at 1000 hours. We have Dr. Tim Brady, Dean of the college of Aviation to thank for that. The new ATP legislation also required a pilot to have time in a full motion simulator. The Flight Department has since purchased a Level D CRJ simulator from Flight safety for use in the new ATP-CT program. The program is in place but is still awaiting approval by the FAA; for it has met many slowdowns in the bureaucratic process. In the airline industry, the results have been very troublesome. The new crew duty day regulations ensure pilots spend less time in the aircraft. While this certainly improves safety, it has forced air-carriers to hire an average of ten percent more pilots to cover their schedules. Regional air carriers are struggling to find certified pilots to hire since far fewer have the additional 1250 hours needed. Pilots are typically hired into regional’s and then move on to mainline carriers when they gain enough experience, thus the entire hiring system is affected by this change. Paired with an extensive number pilots coming to retirement age, this means an extensive pilot shortage is not far off. While it ensured many provisions for increased aircrew safety, the new legislation has caused plenty of issues. It’s important to remember that these laws can be changed in due process. As long as man aspires to go to the skies, he will be competing with not only with his environment, but also with his own imperfect nature. Any effort to increase safety of flight is a worthy pursuit.



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Shuttle Spinoff of the Week Synthetic Lubricants

In 1994 NASA contracted X-1R Corporation to develop a high strength and biodegradable lubricant for use on the Crawler Transporter used to transport the space shuttles to from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad. The lubricant needed to be biodegradable because of Kennedy Space Center’s location inside the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. After successfully developing this lubricant, the company developed an array of biodegradable lubricants and oil products. This was the first commercial offering of synthetic oil products, which are now nearly as common the crude oil based products they were designed to replace.

2014 Brings a Spectacular Air Race Back On! Suzanne Fernandes Copy Editor The air race series featuring pilots performing acrobatic maneuvers, pulling G’s and flying past 200 miles per hour (mph) is back this year. You guessed right if you thought about the Red Bull Air Race! The adrenaline pumping World Championship Race will be held in a series of 7 races, starting from Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates on Feb. 28 till March 1. Following that, Europe’ Croatia will welcome the Red Bull contestant pilots into their beautiful coastal town of Rovinj. Interestingly, the race has

eight stops in seven countries across three continents. Adris group in partnership with Rovinj are confident of providing the support to make the races possible in Croatia. Sergio Pla, head of Aviation at Red Bull Air Race talked of his excitement for the region’ impressive high population of active sport pilots, race fans, tech savvy aircraft, smaller landing strips, parts manufacturers and ofcourse, the Adriatic Sea. Rovinj will be the second stop of the 2014 season. The race ‘track’ is set up along the north beach close to an old town. According to Pla, the Croatian track will feature tight high alti-

tude G-turns and the ability to maneuver through the ‘Bura wind’- probably the race pilot’ biggest challenge in this region. The Bura winds in Rovinj are gusty winds from the north that create marginal flying conditions throughout the east coast of the town. After Abu Dhabi and Rovinj, the races are set to make stops in Putrajaya; Malaysia (May 17-18), the Baltic Sea City of Gdynia; Poland (July 26-27), Ascot Racecourse in Great Britain (Aug 16-17), Dallas Fort-Worth Texas, USA (Sept 6-7) and Las Vegas USA (Oct 11-12) respectively before concluding in China (Nov 1-2). A total

of 12 pilots will contest for the big win with Michael Goulian representing USA on the field. Previous two World Championship titles went to Paul Bonhomme of Britain (2009 & 2010) who faces a fighting challenge from pilots from Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Hungary, France, USA, Germany Canada and Czech Republic. May the best man win. The World Champsionship series took a three year long sabbatical to reorganize and improve on safety procedures. Some changes you can expect are standard engines and propellers for all pilots, changes to the lightweight nylon pylon material to

make them easier to burst if clipped by airplane wings while raising their height to enable pilots to fly past through them from 20-25 metres etc. The new Challengers Cup competition will also be introduced in 2014. The whole purpose of this sub competition is to give the pilots that make it to the finale, the experience in racing on certain Red Bull Air Race stops. In addition to this, training camps during the season will be held. It is good to see safety being taken seriously in these races; and hopefully we experience an accident-free season of the championship series!

This Week in Space History February 14, 1953 Test flights 1 and 2 of the X-1A rocketplane were conducted. Both flights were glide tests. February 13, 1961 NASA has the first formal meeting regarding the Gemini program. February 12, 2001 The NEAR spacecraft landed on the asteroid Eros after successfully completing it’s mission orbiting the space rock.

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Upcoming Games: Tuesday MTEN vs Flagler Datyona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.


WTEN vs Rollins Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m. Basketball at St. Thomas Miami Gardens, Fla. 7:00 p.m.

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Embry-Riddle: 7

St. Thomas: 2

Alison Smalling ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle women's tennis team earned its first victory of the 2014 season on Saturday as the seventh-ranked Eagles downed St. Thomas 7-2 in Sun Conference action.

The Eagles improved their record to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in league play, and will take on NCAA II No. 3 Barry at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Eagles swept all three doubles points to take an early 3-0 lead. Anna Götz and Paola Montero got the scoring started for

the Blue and Gold, topping Monica Rekkedal and Brigitte Bustamante 8-1 at the No. 2 spot. Newcomers Eva Vilar and Paula Couder followed with an 8-2 defeat of Ashley Ahern and Lauren Lightfoot, and the topranked tandem of Hui-I Huang and Kristina Marova completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over No. 13 Tetiana Kovalska and Gabriella Bongiovanni at the top spot. In singles play, seventh-ranked Kovalska bested ninth-ranked Huang 6-1, 6-1 for the Lady Bobcats' first point of

the afternoon. At the No. 6 spot, Couder reclaimed the three-point lead for the Eagles with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Lightfoot. Vilar extended the advantage to 4-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Bustimante on court four and 27th-ranked Marova scored the clincher with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Bongiovanni at the second position. Ahern scored STU's second point with a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Montero and Götz closed out the Eagles' scoring with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Rekkedal at No. 3.

Thursday MTEN at Rollins Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.

Friday Baseball vs S. Carolina Beaufort Daytona Beach, Fla. 6:00 p.m.

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Saturday Baseball vs S. Carolina Beaufort (DH) Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 & 4 p.m. Softball vs Point Clermont, Fla. 1:15 p.m. Basketball vs Webber International Daytona Beach, Fla. 7:00 p.m. MGolf at Bethune-Cookman Univ. Daytona Beach, Fla.

Sunday WGolf at Florida Southern Invite Lakeland, Fla. 7:00 a.m. WTEN vs Stetson TBD Softball at Lynn (DH) Boca Raton, Fla. 1 & 3 p.m. MGolf at Bethune-Cookman Univ. Daytona Beach, Fla.

Monday WGolf vs Florida Southern Invite Lakeland Fla. 7 a.m. MGolf at Bethune-Cookman Univ. Daytona Beach, Fla.

ERAU Men’s Tennis Downs St. Thomas in Season Opener vs Embry-Riddle: 8 Alsion Smalling ERAU Athletics The top-ranked Embry-Riddle men's tennis team began defense of its Sun Conference title with an 8-1 win against St. Thomas on the road on

St. Thomas: 1 Saturday. Saturday's match was the Eagles' first of the season, and they now stand at 1-0 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead following doubles play beginning with the top-ranked tandem

of Deni Zmak and Simon Felix's 8-1 defeat of Juan Bravo and Grover Ordonez at the top spot. Playing in their first singles match together, Patrick Besch and Jaime Sanchez Canameres Rios downed Nicolas Etienne and Joshua Rosner to extend the Eagle advantage. The Bobcats earned their only point of the match at the No. 3 doubles spot when Arturo Romero and Matias Dasso held off Miguel Lopez Gomez and Luke de Caires 9-8 (7-4) to make the score 2-1 in favor of ERAU.

The Eagles were perfect in singles play, including top-ranked Zmak's 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Etienne at the top spot and Rios' three-set (4-6, 6-4, 10-5) victory over Bravo at No. 2. Playing in his first regular season match since 2012, Besch clinched the Eagle victory on court four with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Romero. Felix topped Ordonez 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3, Lopez Gomez downed Rosner 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5, and de Caires bested Dasso 7-5, 6-2 to complete the singles sweep.

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vs Embry-Riddle: 9

Southeastern: 2

vs Southeastern: 4 Ryan Mosher ERAU Athletics The third-ranked Embry-Riddle Eagles claimed their first Sun Conference series victory on Saturday with a twin bill split, winning the day's opener 9-2 behind a strong outing from Stetson Nelson and three RBIs from Kevin Lindheim. But the Fire salvaged one game with a 4-1 decision in the series' finale. ERAU (2-5, 2-1) hosts rival University of South Carolina Beufort next weekend in a threegame set, while the Fire (6-2, 1-2) play host to Milligan Feb. 14-15.

Game 1 Embry-Riddle struck for three runs in the first inning and never looked

Embry-Riddle: 1 back, cruising to a 9-2 win over the home team to claim the conference series. Stetson Nelson tossed seven innings for the Eagles, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four. Lindheim started the scoring with an RBI single down the left field line in the first inning, bringing in Kyle Chastain from third. A few batters later, Darryl Knight drew a bases-loaded walk to push the Eagle lead to 2-0 before Hunter Bruehl recorded a sac fly to score Lindheim for a 3-0 Eagle cushion. Nelson gave up one run in the bottom of the frame, but would allow just two more hits the rest of the way en route to his first win of the 2014 season. The Eagles threatened several times over the next few innings, including putting two runners on in the

fourth, but the Blue and Gold couldn't push its lead out further until the seventh. Liam Goodall wore a pitch on a squeeze play with the bases loaded, giving the Eagles a 4-1 lead and Jordan Johnson brought in another run on a ground ball that was mishandled. Chastain accounted for the final run of the inning with an infield single and the visitors led 6-1. Nelson delivered a 1-2-3 shutdown inning in the home-half of the seventh and the Eagles got another run in the eighth when Knight doubled in J Rhet Montana from second. The Eages blew the game open in the ninth, getting two more runs on a Lindheim double that plated Connor Williams and Johnson for a 9-2 advantage. Bruce Wong relieved Tyler Cyr in the last of teh ninth and stranded a pair of Fire runners with a ground ball to short for the final out. Lindheim finished 4-for6 with three RBIs and two runs scores while both Montana and Chastain collected two hits.

Corey Tufts failed to get out of the first for the Eagles, allowing four runs, three earned before Clayton Wagner came in for the sophomore and stopped the bleeding. ERAU got its only run of the game in the second when Johnson grounded out to short, bringing home Montana from third to cut

the deficit to 4-1. Wagner was great for the Eagles on the bump, throwing 4.2 innings in relief, allowing just four hits and no runs while fanning eight Fire batters. Andres Cancio was a riddle the Eagles couldn't solve, pitching eight strong innings on 111 pitches, surrendering six hits while set-

ting down 11 ERAU batters via strikeouts. Johnathan Martin closed the game out in the ninth with three Ks to earn his first save of the year. Ronnie Lozada was near perfect in the final 2.2 innings for ERAU, not allowing a hit and striking out three SEU hitters. Tufts (0-2) got the loss in 0.2 innings of work.

Game 2 The finale of the threegame series saw all its scoring in the first two innings, including a four-run first for the Fire that the visitors couldn't recover from.

Men’s Track & Field Three Standards at Eagles Hit Two StanSamford dards on Final Day Austin Coffey/The Avion Newspaper

Brianne Wigley ERAU Athletics The ERAU men's track & field team capped off a successful meet at the Samford Multi and Invitational Indoor in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday. Vincent Bett, an NAIA All-American, led the ERAU effort, hitting an automatic qualifying standard in the 3000m race with a time of 8:37.93, crossing the finish line in 16th place out of 60 runners. A.J. Bales hit the Eagles' second "A" standard of the

day in the pole vault with a vault of 4.80m. On the track, Jamin Mays posted a "B" standard in the 800m with a time of 1:55.74, finishing in 17th out of 62 runners. In the heptathlon, both James Bullock and Kameron Turner broke the school record. Bullock is now ranked fifth in the NAIA with 4802 points. Turner is now ranked 11th in the NAIA with 4530 points. The top-16 in the heptathlon earn spots to the NAIA Indoor National Championships. Three Eagles capped off the meet with season-best

marks. Abdullah Carew posted a collegiate-best in the 60m-dash with a time of 7.21. Andrew Carpenter posted a season-best in the mile crossing the finish line in 4:30.99. While, Paul McKenna ran his collegiate best in the 3000m with a time of 8:47.86. Up next, the Blue and Gold will compete in its last regular season indoor meet, the ERAU Last Chance Meet, on Feb. 22 before traveling to Geneva, Ohio, March 6-8 for the NAIA Indoor National Championships.

of Samford Multi and Invitational Indoor

Brianne Wigley ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle women's track & field team capped off a successful meet at the Samford Multi and Invitational Indoor in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday. ERAU freshman Halle Green-Anderson hit

an automatic qualifying standard in the long jump with a distance of 5.61m, good for eighth place out of 58 competitors. She also posted a "B" standard in the 60m hurdles with a season-best time of 9.29. Kandice Dixon hit a season-best time in

the 60m-dash, crossing the finish line in 7.99. Also on the track, Camaria Cannon posted a personal-best time of 1:02.77 in the 400m-dash. In the distance races, Aleiyah Ross crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 11:10.47 in the 3000m.

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Brewery: Unibroue Origin: Chambly, Quebec Style: Wheat Tripel Beer Notes: Top-fermented Bottle conditioned Hops: Unknown ABV: 9.0 Cellaring: Yes, 3-5 years upright at 46 F – 61 F Body: Medium Nose: Wheat fields Color: Hazy golden blonde Head: Rich Price: $9 for 4 Drink in: Tulip glass, chalice, or trappist Serving Temp: 53 F - 57 F Floyd Perkinson ERAU Alumnus La Fin Du Monde which means: the end of the world, is generally regarded as one of the top beers by beer advocates everywhere; its ability to consistently bringing home gold and silver medals in local and international beer judging

contests clearly shows the quality of beer you will be drinking. If you are not a fan of wheat beers, or even just mildly appreciative of wheat beers, stay clear of this brew, as La Fin Du Monde’s flavor profile only offers a profound taste of wheat upon wheat upon wheat. From the moment La Fin DU Monde hits your

lips you will be intrigued by the deep taste this brew has; the flavor of La Fin Du Monde weighs on your palate until you are overcome by the taste of wheat. La Fin Du Monde’s deep overtones of wheat makes it a beer for enjoying with a small group of friends while eating some fish and salty cheeses.

A house of cards. Have you ever seen or built such a thing? It is elegant upon completion, but far from easy. It requires planning, foresight and most importantly, a careful touch. Luckily for us, but unfortunately for the citizens in House of Cards, Frank Underwood, the main character, is a master of the careful touch. House of Cards is a political drama. It centers on a particularly arresting man by the name of Francis Underwood, a House Majority leader. At the show’s start, Frank has just been unceremoniously passed over for the office of Secretary of State. Lesser men would sulk and stamp their feet, but Frank is a different man. What he chooses to do instead is hatch a plan of revenge; a plan that would take years to complete, taking we the viewers on a self-assured, roller-coaster ride from the Presidency itself to the low-

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est points of human ambition. All the while, Frank awaits the perfect moment to strike, to crumble the house of cards he has built and thus execute his vengeance perfectly. Not only is the story great, but what makes this show unique in the world of television is the fact that

it is not in fact, on television. The series is exclusive to Netflix and represents what will undoubtedly be the next step in programming history. As the influence of the Internet rises, House of Cards is one of the few shows adapting to the changing climate, and doing so remarkably.

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OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front. When Alex Murphy a good cop in Detroit is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer.

The epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator.

A dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission.


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Kakuro Last Week’s Crossword Solutions

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

- Walt Disney Whatzit? Solution: Loop-the-loop

Sudoku Kakuro puzzles are like a cross between a crossword and a Sudoku puzzle. Instead of letters, each block contains the digits 1 through 9. The same digits will never repeat within a word. If you add the digits in a word, the sum will be the number shown in the clue. Clues are shown on the left and right sides of “across” words, and on the top and bottom sides of “down” words.


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ACROSS 1. Big wine holders 6. Fast-moving piano piece 9. Sudden flood 14. It may cause snoring 15. Victorian or Big Band 16. Gondola guider 17. Small rocks in cement 19. Plant willow twig 20. Mischievous individual 21. Leave flabbergasted 22. Crust-topped dessert 23. Pond swimmer 25. Science dealing with ores 30. Nay men 32. Site of an unwanted duty 33. Corrode 37. “Let me ___ it this way ...” 38. They have remote access 42. Major event of 1812 43. Collects abundantly, as profits 44. Like J.J. Hardy or Yadier Molina 47. Stiff-upper-lip type 51. Factory feature 55. Approximately 56. Slangy affirmative

57. Inventive thought 59. Charged molecule 60. Emirate emigres 63. Crop circle milieu 65. Transport for Hiawatha 66. Yasir Arafat’s gp. 67. Composition 68. Between, poetically 69. Draw a bead on 70. Word with space or circle DOWN 1. Per ___ (each) 2. Knuckle-dragging sorts 3. Speak irritably to 4. Large container of beer 5. 2002-2003 epidemic 6. Casino show 7. Ain’t the way it should be? 8. Hoedown female 9. Pampered to a fault (var.) 10. Phony sort 11. Well-known jabber? 12. Football stand 13. Not be perfect 18. It passes the buck? 22. Western desert basins 24. In ___ of (replacing)

26. Get ___ start (be tardy) 27. Ready for harvest 28. Bearded beasts 29. “Are we there ___?” 31. Cul-de-___ 34. Defeat thoroughly 35. Here and there? 36. Large bowl-shaped pan 38. Pre-storm status 39. Architect’s plinth 40. “___ the season to be jolly” 41. Word with catch or hang 42. Used to be 45. Hardly the bleachers 46. Child’s china 48. Provide bearings 49. Tristan’s companion 50. Big bird 52. Garlic-flavored mayonnaise 53. Outdated computer accessory 54. Mattel’s main man 58. Spherical hairstyle 60. Not be passive 61. Rarer than rare 62. Young Darth Vader 63. Busy worker in April, for short 64. Unofficial promissory note

Congratulations to Zach Langer for submitting a correctly completed Crossword puzzle! Please stop by The Avion office to collect your prize! Before Next Issue: Enter The Avion Crossword contest! Submit your completed Crossword to The Avion office in SC 110 before Friday, February 14, at 5 p.m. to be considered. Only students can enter, please bring the completed Crossword and your Student ID.

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