Dr David Hoeppner passed away on Friday, 18 February 2022, aged 86. Aircraft structural integrity lost a pioneer. I lost a mentor and friend.
On 5 June 2019, in Kraków, Poland, I was honoured to present the Plantema Memorial Lecture (the keynote address) and receive the Plantema Medal at the 30th Symposium of the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity (ICAF).
Many say we should manage our health ‘holistically’, that we should always look after our whole being and not just wait to treat individual diseases. Could ‘holism’ also be good for structural airworthiness?
The ‘IFA’ is the International Federation of Airworthiness, for which I am a Board member and Vice-President for Australasia. This year’s Conference brought together participants from the Middle East and around the world to discuss the theme, ‘Best Practices in Safety Risk Management’.
From 4th to 8th February 2018, I attended the 17th Annual Workshop on the Holistic Structural Integrity Process (HOLSIP) at Snowbird Lodge, near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Briefly, HOLSIP says that when you analyse the strength and stiffness of any structure, not just for aircraft, you should consider:
On 14th and 15th November I attended the annual conference of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA), for which I am the Vice-President for Australasia. The conference was kindly hosted by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department at their headquarters near the Hong Kong International Airport.
NDT and maintenance experts from around Australia met for two days of presentations, discussions and exhibitions on the theme of ‘Higher Standards, Better Compliance’. Mr Jeff Boyd, Chairman of the CASA Board, gave the Keynote Address.
In June I attended ICAF 2017, organised by the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity, in Nagoya, Japan. For more on ICAF and my active participation since 1995, please see my earlier post for ICAF 2015.
I attended this conference to help me keep in touch with the aviation lawyers who retain me as an expert witness. Although I always leave the legal issues to the lawyers, as I should, because it is important I don’t interfere in matters outside my expertise, I feel it is also important to understand my main audience for when I write my expert reports and give evidence in court.