As I write this, I have recently travelled to: Cardiff for the Ernest Willows Lecture and a most interesting visit to Cardiff Aviation; Wolverhampton for the J D North Lecture sponsored by the Moog Aircraft Group; and Brough, where I had the privilege of delivering the Sir George Cayley Lecture and had a fascinating tour of BAE Systems Brough.
Tomorrow I am flying to Mauritius to sign an MoU with the recently-formed Aeronautical Society of Mauritius and to deliver a lecture on ‘The Royal Aeronautical Society from its Origins to the Present Day’. By the time you read this I will have been to Paris for the Lindberg Lecture, to Oxford for the Sadler Lecture and to Yeovil for the unveiling of a Society Heritage Plaque marking 100 years of continuous production on the Westland site. Still to come will be the Branches Conference, Southend and Sheffield. Then my year as President will be over.
It has been one of the most interesting and enjoyable years of my life. My travels this year and my involvement in many conferences and events have reinforced my view that our Society is thriving across the world and remains an intellectual force. There is always room for improvement, of course. I remain convinced that the key to this is to continue to increase and extend our membership and to increase engagement with other organisations and the wider community. I have also been fortunate to have had a great deal of contact with academia and with industry. This has left me impressed and reassured by the vibrancy and resilience of the aviation and aerospace community.
It remains for me to thank all the people who have welcomed me so warmly at a wide range of places and events. I would also like to thank the Society’s staff and all the volunteers who work so hard to run our Society as Trustees, Council members, Board and Committee members, Specialist Group members, and throughout the Divisional and Branch structure. Their support has made my life very easy and their contributions are essential to drive the Society forward.
Finally, I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Martin Broadhurst as he takes up the reins.
Air Cdre Bill Tyack