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Perlan Project CEO to speak about unique sailplane initiative
by Tribune Staff
Apr 06, 2012 | 839 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — The Reno Air Racing Foundation (RARF) will host the next seminar in the “Pathways to Aviation” series on April 11.

The event will feature Ed Warnock, CEO of the Perlan Project, and Paul McFarlane, lead flight director at the Challenger Learning Center, as they share their passion and educate students and enthusiasts about the world of flight. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Great Room on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union followed by the speaking program at 7 p.m. in the theater located on the third floor.

“Educating our youth about the important role aeronautics and aviation play in the successes our country has had in regard to science and technological advancement is vital,” said Steve Carrick, RARF chairman. “The Perlan Project is a unique venture which explores a different side of flight and how it can be a tool for discovery and help us better understand the world we live in.”

Recognizing the important contributions of RARF and its Pathways to Aviation program, Washoe County supports the program and its positive impact on northern Nevada. According to a recently presented resolution from the county, introducing the Perlan Project to students and community members will advance the science of aviation, widen the doors to education and inspire local youth to careers and opportunities in aviation.

The Pathways to Aviation program was created to ignite the interest of students and community members in the world of aeronautics and aviation. After receiving a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, RARF partnered with the University of Nevada, Reno to develop and establish the program. The April 11 program is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Corporation, a locally headquartered, and nationally recognized, company known for its rapid, innovative and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionic, space propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy.

Admission is free and open to the public. To RSVP, reply no later than Friday to Audrey Goodnight at 682-6002 or

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