From 1-3 December 2015, I attended the ASIP 2015 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, USA. (‘ASIP’ is short for Aircraft Structural Integrity Program’.) It was a good conference: very well run, with good presentations.
Near the end of the conference, in my role with the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA), I had the pleasure of helping present the IFA’s Whittle Safety Award to Ms Beth Gamble from Textron Aviation, formerly Cessna. My fellow presenter was Mr John Goglia, a former member of the US National Transportation Safety Board, and now IFA’s Vice-President for the Americas.
After John introduced IFA, I told the conference’s 240 experts in structural airworthiness (Beth’s peers) how she had excelled:
“Beth’s designed more ‘damage-tolerance-based’ structural inspection programs, for more aircraft types, for more aircraft in the world, than anyone else! She’s wrestled with the engineering challenge of old designs and materials. And, she’s stared down the political challenge of industry opposition so strong that her national airworthiness authority relented, leaving her to promote the safety value of her programs alone. She has already been rewarded, inwardly, by her programs finding life-threatening cracks. But, the IFA also wants to publicly honour her persistence, passion and professionalism. Beth has saved the lives of many air travellers!”
P.S. I received the Whittle Safety Award in 2007.