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Each day this week, we are observing National Engineers Week – an enthusiastic celebration of the contributions millions of engineers have made, and continue to make, to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

For the last three days, we have highlighted a president who was an engineer or used engineering during his career.  Our fourth in this series requires some mythbusting.

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In 2015, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents. Loss of Control (LOC) was the number one cause of these accidents, and it happens in all phases of flight. It can happen anywhere and at any time.

To help save lives, the Federal Aviation Administration is working with industry to prevent LOC accidents. Each month the FAA provides pilots with an LOC solution. This month they are focusing on personal minimums.

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All week long, we are observing National Engineers Week – a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

Throughout the 1920s, America was in love with cars. Henry Ford was still a leading manufacturer, but he was hardly the only one.  By 1928, 24.7 million cars and trucks were on the road – which was twice the amount of only six years before. Design work on the as-yet unbuilt Golden Gate Bridge had only just started, and construction of the Boulder Canyon Dam – eventually to be renamed the Hoover Dam – had just been authorized.  

America was entering the Golden Age of engineering, and one of America’s greatest engineers was its newly elected president – a mining engineer named Herbert Hoover.

President Hoover

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This morning, the Department of Transportation (US DOT) hosted an event in Washington, DC, to commemorate African American Heritage Month. The program highlighted the many contributions of African Americans to the nation and to transportation in particular.  The Washington Mathematics Science Technology Charter School made a Color Guard presentation and the Department’s own Paulette Grady led the National Anthem. 

Special Adviser Willis Morris spoke about the numerous and significant of contributions by African Americans to transportation innovation and operation.  These included Andrew Beard, who invented the Jenny Coupler to link trains; Bessie Coleman, one of the first women aviators; and Janet Harmon Bragg, the first African American women to obtain her commercial pilot’s license. 

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All week long, America is celebrating National Engineers Week to honor the countless contributions made by engineers to modern life. It’s an annual tradition that should remind us all that engineering and technology are only as good as the people behind them.

Our national transportation architecture takes many forms – from America’s oldest bridge, the 320-year-old Pennypack Creek Bridge in Philadelphia, to the nearly three-mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (also known as the Whittier Tunnel) in Alaska, which helped the U.S. Navy defend the Pacific Ocean during World War II – as do America’s engineers.

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This week, we join thousands of others nationwide to observe National Engineers Week. It’s a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole… and a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

America’s road system depends heavily on engineers – from the civil engineers who design road and bridge projects, to the mechanical, geological, hydrological, electrical and countless other engineers who translate idea into reality. The U.S. highway system is the backbone of the world’s most powerful economy, and engineers make it possible.

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The Federal Transit Administration last month issued a Tribal Transit Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), offering $5 million in fiscal year 2017 for transit projects initiated by American Indian and Alaska Native tribes that will compete for funding. The Tribal Transit Program, which connects tribal citizens to vital services and drives economic development in rural areas, complements an annual $30 million formula program.

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We all want our children to be as safe as possible in and around our cars – they are indeed our most precious cargo.

Navigating the many decisions that must be made from car seats to teen driving, however, isn’t always easy. Thankfully the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hosts a website that includes pages of useful information regarding the many choices and considerations that must be made in keeping our families safe.

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Often referred to as the “Black Edison,” inventor and engineer Granville T. Woods played a key role in modernizing America’s railroad industry.

Compared to the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison but often left out of history books, Woods devoted his life to developing new electrical, mechanical and communication devices that are still used today.

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U.S. large airlines set three annual records in 2016 that were good news for fliers, based on data released today by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Cancellations: The 12 airlines that report on-time data to BTS posted an all-time annual low cancellation rate of 1.17 percent in 2016, the lowest rate in 22 years of comparable numbers since 1995. That rate was down from 1.54 percent in 2015 and below the previous record of 1.24 percent in the post 9/11 year of 2002. In September, the airlines set a record low cancellation rate for any month at 0.33 percent. Two months later, in November, the record all-time-low record was broken again at 0.29 percent.

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