December 2014

At its meeting in November, the Council elected Professor Chris Atkin (Council member and Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at City University, London) as President-Elect for 2015–2016. I wish to congratulate Chris on his election and I also wish to thank most warmly the other two candidates, Dr Don Richardson and Dr Alisdair Wood. This is the first time for several years that we have had a contested election for President-Elect and I think that this is a clear sign of an active and engaged Council. It is also some time since we have had an academic in the presidential cycle.

In late October I visited the RAeS Munich Branch e.V. for three very interesting and busy days. I attended a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the first flight of Tornado which was organised by the Branch in conjunction with the University of the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces); I also visited local industry, university research departments, NETMA (the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) and two museums. I was particularly pleased to be able to visit the Messerschmitt Museum at Manching under the expert guidance of Prof Gero Madelung, the Branch President, who is the nephew of Willi Messerschmitt. I believe that the Branch intends to publish a full account in a future edition of AEROSPACE. I am very grateful to the Branch for giving me the opportunity to see so much of what is happening in a region that is very important to the German and European aerospace industries and I am delighted to see that the Branch is thriving and fully engaged in all the local aerospace activities.

The Brabazon Lecture was delivered this year by John Holland-Kaye, the CEO of Heathrow Airport. Before the lecture I was delighted to be able to present the Society’s Specialist & Specialist Group Medals and Awards to some very worthy winners. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and to thank Dr Mike Steeden, and the members of the Medals and Awards Committee for their hard work. There will be a full report on Medals and Awards in the New Year once all the presentation ceremonies have taken place. May I also encourage you to think about nominating an individual or a team for one of the Society’s Awards? Anyone can nominate, the process is simple and full details are on the Society’s website - please click here.

All that remains is for me to wish everyone Seasons’ Greetings and express the hope that you have a happy and peaceful New Year.


Air Cdre Bill Tyack