Welcome To The 2016-17 Session From The Aerospace TPN And Young Professionals Group Chairmen

dbc65000f06114ccf4086f6a0520cbfa-huge-imThe past two years has seen the Aerospace Community, TPN and TAP go through a series of positive changes in terms of refocus, refresh and expansion.  We have seen the formation of an Aerospace Young Professionals Group, the inaugural Aerospace Annual Symposium, the delivery and support to a number of successful aerospace technical events around the UK, Europe and Asia, as well as the provision of a significant amount of technical advice in response to requests internally from the IET as well as from a number of UK and global external bodies and media.

The forthcoming 2017 session promises to be another exciting year for the Aerospace TPN as we look to build on the successes of the 2016 session, through continuing engagement with industry, academia and government and growing the network and the number of IET Aerospace professionals in the UK and across the globe.

The 2016 session saw many successful events and activities which we aim to emulate again in 2017, capturing current “aerospace hot topics” this will include events that cover ‘Ageing Aircraft Sustainment’, ‘Concurrent Engineering in Product Development’,  both in the advance stages of development and scheduled for the first quarter of the 2017 session.

The TPNs support to the Asia Regional Network and the Asia Aerospace sector will continue to build on last year’s successes with another event in Singapore in 2017 following on from the activity in 2015, provide technical support to a China based event and potentially hosting an Asia based UAS Fly off challenge, similar to the UK event that the TPN already provides support to, along with the IMechE and the RAeS, as part of the Aerospace partnership that looks to be growing from strength to strength.

In 2017 the TPN is aiming to develop a stronger European Professional Network through collaboration
with the University of Amsterdam’s Aviation Academy. With a strong IET Aerospace presence at the University’s  Aviation Academy Inaugural Aviation Safety Conference. With one of the key note speakers a member the TPN along with a strong YP presence, this will be a pivotal event for the TPN and the YP in terms of strengthening the collaboration and partnership with the university in the key European aerospace sector.

Establishing a presence in North America has traditionally always been a challenge for the TPN, however in 2017 with a growing YP presence in the region, engagement with regional networks and stronger industry collaboration, the TPN aims to establish an aerospace TPN presence in this region.

The TPN will continue to support UK regional events and regional Networks including TPN support to the ever growing Swindon Network’s RIAT presence, there will be further development of the Aerospace, Defence Security & Space (ADS) and the RAeS/IMechE/IET Aerospace partnerships and the establishment of new collaborations with several UK universities, aerospace industry and industry catapults.

The current and future success of the TPN can only be achieved through the IET Aerospace volunteers. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all Aerospace Executive team, Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and Aerospace community volunteers for their  continued efforts, enthusiasm and support especially those volunteers stepping down from the Executive team onto the TAP. To maintain the current success, we need to refresh the Executive team  and TAP therefore we will be embarking upon a recruitment campaign during 2017 to bring in new ideas and an even stronger aerospace professional focus within the Executive team  and TAP and across the IETs aerospace community as a whole.

We should however take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved as part of the IET Aerospace TPN and be very proud to have a great breadth   of expertise, knowledge and creativity and that we aim to continue to grow  through increasing interaction between existing members at upcoming events, the communities discussion boards, online media content and growing both our UK and International membership base; increasing knowledge share and opportunities.
We would also like to encourage all Aerospace professionals to engage with our Aerospace Online Community group.  As a member of the community you can post events, start discussions and upload photos/films, so we hope you will take up this opportunity to enhance your contacts and collaborate with your peers. If there’s anything missing that you’d like to see in the community group please let us know.  Also if you’ve ideas for events that you think the TPN should consider then please let start off a discussion forum post and we’ll respond.

Together we can continue to maintain and grow the success we have achieved so far as we work together on this exciting journey, wherever it may take us within the field of Aerospace Engineering & Technology.
 David M. Lindley
Chairman IET Aerospace Technical Professional Network,
IET Technical Advisory Panel,
Lee Murton
Chairman, IET Aerospace TPN, Young Professionals Group

Posted by Deborah-Claire McKenzie on Sep 27, 2016 12:04 PM Europe/London