22 Dec 11 NORAD Santa Tracker is Live!


From NORAD Santa: "For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the Internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.
Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey."

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13 Dec 11 Hersman Delivered Kotaite Lecture On The Future Of Aviation Safety

From AeroNews: National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman delivered the 8th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hosted by the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the annual lecture is a tribute to Dr. Assad Kotaite, former Secretary General of ICAO and President of the Council of ICAO.
Chairman Hersman's talk, "Assuring Safety in Aviation's Second Century," highlighted the past, present, and future of accident investigation and addressed how accident investigation must adapt to play an even more pivotal role in creating civil aviation's safer and stronger future. Citing examples from recent accident investigations, Hersman said that it's clear that future accident investigations will depend far more on data and cooperation than in the past.
"While traditional tin-kicking will never go away, it is increasingly being joined by sophisticated data analysis," Hersman said. "In this era of dynamic growth and greater complexity, data is more important than ever."
Hersman applauded the agreement reached last year at the 37th ICAO Assembly to foster data sharing through the creation of the Global Safety Information Exchange. This information can be vital to investigators as they seek to learn what really happened and determine what can be done to improve safety.
"Data and cooperation is how the aviation community will maintain - and enhance - its strong safety record into the second century of powered flight," Hersman said.
FMI: www.ntsb.gov

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