Humanists' Sunday Science Program Explores Aircraft Design and Safety

Many people will board an aircraft with no more thought about the safety of the flight than getting in their car to drive a few minutes to the grocery store; though they may be thousands of miles away when they step off the aircraft. The story behind the safety we enjoy in traveling by air is the topic of the Next Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program Jan. 2

The program, beginning at 10 a. m., will feature a Zoom presentation by Bill Sample presenting “Aircraft Design and Operation for Safety,” a challenge made even greater by various government regulations.

After acquiring a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management, Sample spent 38 years as an Avionics Systems Engineer designing electronics for aircraft and space vehicles. 

 His responsibilities included complying with the flight regulations of the multiple governmental agencies around the world in the design and use of the equipment.

Sample’s association with flight goes well beyond designing electronics. In logging more than 7,000 hours as a pilot he has acquired many ratings including flight instructor. His 120 students have gone on to achieve various levels of FAA ratings and given him an insight into pilot training and safety. His flying activities got an early start as he earned college money working as an air taxi pilot during those years.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 2 with time for questions from the audience at its conclusion. The program can be accessed on the Central Colorado Humanist website: or at: 

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