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The science 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 an online Zoom presentation by Bill Sample presenting “Aircraft Design and Operation for Safety.”

Sample will discuss how safety statistics for aircraft compare to other forms of transportation. Government agencies around the world regulate the design and operation of aircraft. The regulations vary with the size of the aircraft and its use. He will present the various design requirements, pilot licensing, and operating rules as they apply to tiny ultralight aircraft up through airliners.

Bill Sample, local pilot and pilot instructor.

After acquiring a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. 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 multiple governmental agencies around the world in the design and use of the equipment.

In logging more than 7,000 hours as a pilot, Sample 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 10:00 a.m. on 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