Governor Jim Douglas today kicked off a new program to provide local businesses and organizations with the opportunity to become Information Ambassadors through the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM). The Governor was joined by Tourism officials and businesses at the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce to inaugurate this new public-private partnership. This program is a win-win for both businesses and travelers in Vermont, said Governor Douglas. Through the Information Ambassador program, travelers can easily find information, maps and facilities by locating the new blue INFO signs. Businesses and organizations that participate in the program will benefit from more visitors stopping by.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has worked closely with the Vermont Information Center Division (VICD) and other state departments to implement this unique program. Businesses and organizations will be required to complete a training with VDTM and display basic information to the traveling public such as guidebooks, maps and a bathroom facility in order to be eligible to display the new, blue INFO sign in front of their establishment. This is among the first efforts of its kind in the country to sanction private sector establishments as state information centers, said VDTM Commissioner Bruce Hyde. This is another example of how state government is working with our private sector partners to make Vermont an even more welcoming place for travelers.VDTM will promote this new program through email, radio, 2011 State maps and other venues in the coming months. Statewide trainings will take place this summer to expand the Information Ambassador program to all regions in Vermont.Source: Governor’s office. 6.14.2010
“We continue to work diligently on safely returning the 737 MAX to service. We defer to the FAA and global regulators on the process,” a Boeing spokesperson told AFP.The MAX has been grounded globally since March 13, 2019, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. That catastrophe came just a few months after a Lion Air MAX crash that killed 189 people.The troubling similarities between the two accidents, both of which occurred shortly after takeoff, along with the pilots’ inability to regain control of the plane, led global aviation authorities to ground the model indefinitely.For months, the United States aviation giant has been struggling to get its medium-haul aircraft – whose sales were its main source of revenue before the grounding – back into service. The model’s anti-stall flight system, the MCAS, was partially to blame for both crashes. But other technical malfunctions, including one involving electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during the aircraft’s modification process, slowing down its recertification.For weeks, Boeing has been awaiting the green light from authorities to conduct test flights to prove the modifications provide maximum safety.Boeing FieldCivil aviation authorities cannot approve the modified model until they have examined how it performs in flight. They will also look at the thousands of data points collected during the flights.For this reason, three days of test flights have been planned, according to the New York Times.They will take off from Boeing Field, just outside Seattle, the manufacturer’s birthplace in the northwestern US state of Washington.The weather is difficult to predict, but forecasts show Monday will be partially cloudy, with little wind and a 10 percent chance of rain.According to the Times, an FAA pilot will be at the controls to test out the modifications conducted on the plane, and a Boeing test pilot will also be on board.In general, test flights are meticulously prepared for.Delay after delayA few months ago, Boeing anticipated the MAX would return to service in mid-2020, around June.But the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in travel restrictions and lockdown measures to try and slow its spread, has upset the schedule.According to The Seattle Times, European and Canadian aviation authorities have demanded substantial new changes to the plane’s flight control system.The two regulators, along with the FAA “have agreed Boeing will be required to make these additional design changes… only after the MAX returns to service,” the newspaper reported.When asked by AFP for further details, a Boeing spokesperson said Friday that safety is the company’s top priority.The spokesperson also said that Boeing is committed to answering regulator questions and meeting all certification and regulatory requirements.Boeing urgently needs to get the 737 MAX back in the air in order to pull itself out of a historic crisis.The aircraft accounts for more than two-thirds of the company’s order book and is therefore crucial to the mid-term survival of the manufacturer – which, like the entire aviation industry, is suffering from the effects of the coronavirus crisis.At the end of April, Boeing released details on a downsizing plan to cut total headcount by 10 percent, or roughly 16,000 employees in all.In March, credit ratings agency S&P downgraded its rating for Boeing to BBB from A-, moving it into a speculative category.The additional modifications required by foreign aviation authorities could add substantial costs to the MAX program. They could also slow the increase in deliveries that Boeing would need to rebuild its cash flow.Topics : Boeing’s 737 MAX plane could take its first test flight from Monday, a crucial step for the survival of the company’s star model that has been grounded for 14 months.Two sources close to the case told AFP Friday the flight could take place early the following week.Neither Boeing nor the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the flight when asked for comment on Sunday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe deadline for Alpena Community College scholarships is right around the corner, and students are urged to get a head start for consideration.Director of Financial Aid, Robert Roose, says applying for scholarships can take a load off students shoulders.“Applying for scholarships and financial aid in general helps students to pay for schooling and takes one of those worries off their plate, and they can concentrate more on their studies.”With deadlines approaching so quickly, students who want to be considered should complete the FAFSA and scholarship application as soon as possible.“The application deadline for the state of Michigan is March 1st, so they have to get the FAFSA done first by March 1st, then they want to make sure they get the application for our scholarships done as well.”ACC scholarship applications are due March 11. There are a variety of scholarships available to students based on need, involvement and focus area.For more information, visit discover.alpenaacc.edu.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, scholarshipsContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Chamber of Commerce adds a new member to the TeamNext Double shooting in Oscoda Township under investigation