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The Engineer Who Has "Saved More Lives Than Any Single Person in the History of Aviation"


Science & Tech  (tags: business, computer, concept, discovery, design, engineering, investigation, NewTechnology, research, science, society, technology )

Kit
- 937 days ago - blogs.discovermagazine.com
The number one cause of plane crashes used to be controlled flight into terrain (pdf), accidents where pilots unintentionally collide with an obstacle. A pilot unable to see through fog, for example, could fly straight into a mountain, crashing an-->



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Sue Matheson (70)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 1:36 pm
thanks.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 2:56 pm
noted, thanks !
 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 7:23 pm
So that's why I'm so good at spelling I'm a dunce! So nice to read something positive, and a tribute to a living legend - an unsung hero! Thanks.
 

Darlene B. (290)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 7:58 pm
noted and thank you. Good to read something nice. Bless you.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 4:47 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 5:02 am
What an amazing story. A childhood experience leading to such a result!
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 5:22 am
Noted, thanks!
 

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 10:34 am
thank you Cal for the forward and Kit for the post!
 

Carmen S. (611)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 12:00 pm
noted, thanks Kit for posting this
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 1:45 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Britt Valdes-pages (246)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 1:50 pm
Article noted and thanks for posting.
 

ellen m. (233)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 2:14 pm
Interesting..thanks Kit
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 2:33 pm
"When he handed in his piece, she told him: “You sure can’t spell. You’re going to be an engineer.”"

Hey- my Dad the engineer could spell- no problem. It was more the grammar thing.

In any case, great article and I guess we are glad that he did sneak out of school that day.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 2:42 pm

One of the many lessons I have learned by living so damn long, IQ has nothing to with spelling ability. My daughter could spell anything and won many spelling bees - it came as naturally as breathing and she was brilliant in many ways. I taught myself some basic rules to follow and really get angry with myself when I spell incorrectly. My son - could care less, yet he could and did walk into any science class and immediately understand the concepts even beyond what was being taught. So there ya go - we put a lot of emphasis on many things not really all that important and over look many things that are critical.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:23 pm
And my mother looks up how to spell philosophy....in the "F" section of the dictionary.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:29 pm
This engineer developed modern instrument flight equipment, and is a major factor in modern aviation safety. The development of radar light enough to fly in a plane was also a great step forward. But the publicity will end up going to that successful landing in the Hudson and the pilot who got all his crew and passengers walking away from it.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:35 pm

****Sorry Nancy can't send a star yet but that comment about your Mom really cracked me up.


 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:37 pm
Well, you better sit down for this one- she has a Master degree in English Lit.

And I swear I DIN"T make that up- either claim.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:40 pm
Fred K- great point.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 10:56 pm
Thanks.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 12:20 am
So nice to find a good and intelligent and benificient deed story for once thankyou KKit
 

Donna Hamilton (136)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 10:22 am
Thanks for posting.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 10:25 am
Great post. thanks.
Maybe we should make a point of finding more people like this and give them a little of the recognition they so justly deserve.
Watch this space.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 10:57 am
Everyone has a gift to give in this life.
 

Val R. (239)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:01 pm
Great reason to skip school.
 

Kishore Amma (3)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:17 pm
noted, thanks !
 

bharathi A. (2)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:18 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:39 pm
Kit, you are much appreciated.

I'm sure you get flak. All individuals who are willing to voice their convictions get flak.

You have the courage to stay with it.

Thank you.
 

Sarah G. (110)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 6:15 pm
Very interesting, thanks for posting
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Friday February 10, 2012, 9:58 pm
If I could spell and type I could rule the World! Great article, thanks Kit, such a HERO!
 
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