Well folks, two years have come and gone in the blink of an eye. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made. We hired an Executive Director and an Associate Director, the membership renewal system was completely overhauled, individual and corporate membership ranks are rebuilding nicely, and we addressed some important financial issues. Our volunteer board worked very hard to leave the Society in better shape than when we began our journey. In a short while another board of directors will be installed to carry on the work. When you see a board member at one of the SFTE events, please take a moment to thank them for their service to the society, let them know what they have done right, and let them know how they can continue to improve the society.
This past week I received some very sad news. Two colleagues at my former employer, Bell Helicopter, perished a test flight of the 525 Relentless. Bell Helicopter has been a strong corporate supporter of the SFTE for decades. I reached out to the Bell flight test organization and let them know that Lockheed Martin has individuals who are trained in critical incident response counseling. I ask that you keep the Bell Helicopter test team and their families in your thoughts and prayers as they cope with this tragedy.
The 47th SFTE International Symposium will be held in Wichita, Kansas on August 8-11. Robert Brock and his symposium planning committee are preparing a spectacular symposium. We will hear presentations about unmanned systems, commercial manned aircraft, handling qualities, aerodynamics, weapons testing, and lessons learned about leading flight test programs. Exhibitor slots are filling up quickly. If you want to purchase a table, please contact Jaime Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible before they’re all gone!
I look forward to seeing you in Wichita!