I was traveling back to my home from a business trip a few weeks ago when I noticed a Facebook post by Jon Whitworth regarding 30th anniversary of B757. It made me think about how our members form a critical part of the industry that connects our world with near flawless reliability. Our members launch the rockets that carry explorers and satellites into space, and they test the defense systems that allow our troops to keep our nations safe.
Without dedicated individuals that test and sometimes tweak the air and spacecraft that make such an amazing impact on the world, those amazing vehicles would rarely make it far from the drawing board.
Those individuals all had to learn their trade from mentors who taught them how to perform their jobs, how to lead, how to follow, when to speak up, and how to find the data that supports our conclusions. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
My challenge to our members is to stay engaged in our society, to serve as mentors to those who are joining our profession. Although we compete with each other, we can ensure that all members understand the common processes that allow us to test safely, how to manage risks, and what questions to ask. Make time in your day to talk with your team members, and make time to attend your local chapter events.
Speaking of local chapters, Jaime, Kristen and the Board have taken the challenge to increase the number of chapters, particularly outside North America. There is only one international symposium each year, but there are dozens of local events ranging from small social events to regional symposia. Those events need your support and participation, and they need local chapters. If you're interested in forming a local chapter, please reach out to any member of the Board. In order to make it easier, the Board has prepared a new chapter kit, complete with a sample constitution, ideas for events, and suggestions on how to involve local aerospace companies/organizations.
The Wichita Chapter has been very busy planning for the 47th SFTE International Symposium on August 8-11. Please save the date!