SBF - Newsline Thursday Edition
January 19, 2017
NTSB Still Seeking Probable Cause of Chattanooga School Bus Crash

The agency releases a preliminary report with a few new details, including confirmation that the driver had been in two school bus crashes since the start of the school year.

PHOTOS: Baltimore District's Mobile 'Makerspace' Conversion

Baltimore County Public Schools recently unveiled its Mobile Innovation Lab, a mobile classroom and “makerspace” built on a school bus. The lab helps students learn about coding, programming, robotics, and circuitry in a hands-on environment.

NSTA Discusses Self-Driving Cars, Government Updates

Autonomous vehicles, VW settlement funds, and the new administration in Washington are among the topics targeted at NSTA’s Midwinter Meeting.

Buddy Luce Was Former Blue Bird CEO, Son of Founder

Albert "Buddy" Luce Jr., an integral figure in the history of Blue Bird, died on Jan. 11 at age 94.

School Bus Tracking Apps Aim to Give Parents Peace of Mind

Tracking apps can be a useful tool for alerting families when there has been a bus delay or route change. These apps are also designed to help students have fewer tardy days and absences.

Rotary Lift Unveils Remote-Controlled Mobile Column Lift

The supplier’s new Mach Flex (MCH19 FLEX), powered by RedFire, is designed to give technicians the ability to lift more than 150,000 pounds with a patent-pending remote control.

Heavy-Duty Alternators

Two new families of Leece-Neville heavy-duty alternators have been designed to improve school bus electrical performance: the IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme high-efficiency/high-output alternators.

VIDEO: Flexibility in Manufacturing at Blue Bird

John McKowen, Blue Bird's vice president of manufacturing, explains how the variety of school bus configurations requires flexibility in the production process.

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