February 2015

 I was delighted to be able to present the Society’s Honours, Medals and Awards before the Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture in December. This is the Society’s way of recognising some really outstanding people and teams. The scheme is the world’s oldest and, we believe, most prestigious aeronautical awards system. A full list of this year’s recipients can be found here.

May I encourage you to consider making a nomination for this year’s awards? Anyone can nominate and anyone can be nominated — either individual or team — for recognition by the Society for their achievement or contribution to the art and science of aeronautics. Nomination forms are available here and must be received by 31 March 2015.

A strong and active Council is most important to the future well-being of the Society. Therefore, I strongly encourage all eligible members to cast their votes for the 2015 Council election. Voting will open mid-February and will be conducted electronically this year. Members who have an email address registered with us will receive an email containing a unique reference number and instructions on how to vote. Please log onto the website to ensure your email address is registered and correct. If you do not have an email address, look out for the advert in the March edition of AEROSPACE, which will include instructions on how to vote and a contact telephone number for any queries.

I encourage you to read the article on page 48 of AEROSPACE describing a Review of Membership that the Society is conducting over the next couple of years. We plan to consult widely and I would urge all our members of whatever grade and wherever they live to provide their views as described in the article.

So to recap: please vote in the Council elections; please make an input to the Membership Review; and please consider making a nomination for Honours, Medals and Awards. Finally, let me repeat the challenge that I issued in June 2014 for every member to recruit one other new member during my Presidential year, which ends in May.

I look forward to visiting as many Branches as possible during the next few months.

Air Cdre Bill Tyack