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    Reno Celebrates the 50th Annual Reno Air Races

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Fri, Sep 13, 2013

    Since 1964, Reno has been home to the National Championship Air Races. This year, the Reno Air Races will run from September 11th through September 15th. This Air Show is, according to USA Today and 10 Best, one of the 10 Best Air Shows around the world. In addition to the Air Races, this year will also see a number of civilian performers, including the Jet Man.

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    Heavy Smoke Affects Local Aviation

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Fri, Sep 13, 2013

    The Rim fire near Yosemite has been a devastating fire that has brought smoke pouring in to the Reno area. Dense smoke has caused the air quality index (which measures particulates in the air) up to a staggering 348. For comparison sake, 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is considered moderate, 101-150 is unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151-200 is unhealthy for everyone, 201-300 prompts health warnings, and above 300 is a health alert where everybody may experience serious health effects. The poor visibility and dangerous air quality has started affecting events and aviation alike.

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    6 Things to Consider When Looking At Online Aviation Security Training

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Tue, Aug 27, 2013

    When you are looking at switching from a classroom-based training to an online-based training, there are great number of positives. Last month, we went over 10 reasons that online training makes sense, including, online training is cheaper, more agile, and more accessible. However, this doesn’t mean it is for everybody. Today, I’ll go over six things that your staff must have to make your online training successful.

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    Leonardo Da Vinci’s Human Powered Helicopter Becomes Reality

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

    It would be hard to call Leonardo Da Vinci anything other than a man ahead of his time.  Between 1452 and 1519, Leonardo did just about everything. He is most famous today for his skills as a painter, where he painted some small works- like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. His sketches of man were the most anatomically correct to date (The Vitruvian Man). He was also a famed sculptor, musician, architect, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer mathematician, engineer and inventor. He conceptualized things far beyond his time, including concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull for ships, a tank and, most interesting to those of us in the aviation industry, a helicopter.

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    Alternative Methods of Incentivizing Employees

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Tue, Jul 30, 2013

    A couple months ago, we talked about bonuses and how they are a tricky animal to tame. Too small and the impact of the bonus can be negative but too big and you risk the same situation.  One main point from that article that can be taken away is that people aren’t purely motivated by money. With that being the case, what alternative methods can you use to get the most out of your employees?

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    10 Reasons Online Training Makes More Sense

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Tue, Jul 23, 2013

    The last few months, we have discussed at length online aviation security training, covering everything from who needs to take training, who is commonly forgotten, how to make your training more efficient, and how much you could spend developing your own training.

    All of this is aimed at helping you, and your company, make the best choices possible to not only save money but to make your company more efficient and safe. This month, we take a look why moving your training online is the way to go.

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    Motivating Employees: What to Do to Avoid the Seven-Year Itch (Part 1)

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

    You have probably heard the phrase, “the seven-year itch.” It is that dreaded time in a relationship where things aren’t quite as shiny and wonderful as they were when everything was just starting out. The quirks that you once found cute or endearing have now become annoyances. This isn’t exclusive to relationships, however, as this also happens to employees on the job. This month, we’ll talk about how motivating employees can help you keep your employees from wanting to jump ship to get rid of the itch.
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    Paris Air Show Provides a Glimpse of the Future

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

    This month, the Paris Air Show captured headlines as aircraft makers provided a glimpse into the future. Between NetJets making a big splash with big orders and new planes being unveiled, as well as a look into future technology that was on display, the future of aviation looks bright. 

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    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, Wait, It’s a Bird.

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

    In May, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an advisory circular regarding the reporting of wildlife strikes. This advisory circular cancels an old one from 2004. Make sure you are up to date so nothing runs “a fowl.”

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    The Beauty of Simplicity

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Thu, Jul 18, 2013


    The state of being simple, uncomplicated or uncompounded; restraint in ornamentation


    Simplicity is a wonderful thing at a time where seemingly everything is getting more and more complex. As the definition suggests, simple isn’t complicated, unnecessary or overdone. There are no distractions, bells or whistles.

    But how does this apply to aviation security training? Is simplicity still a good thing?

    Let’s take a look.

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