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Society for Aviation History

   President's Message for May/June 2019

The Society for Aviation History mourns the sudden passing of long-time member and recent president Rick Turner. We hold and cherish fond memories of Rick's friendship, the quality times we shared together, and his valuable contributions to our society and beyond. He will be sorely missed throughout the world of aviation history and our daily lives.

Rick Turner

As your new board-elected president, I stand ready to serve the remainder of Rick Turner's term through the end of this year. Past president, current board member and program director Nick Veronico rejoins the officer ranks as vice president.

As I learn the ropes of my new position, I'm confident that our dedicated board of directors will keep me in line as required. It's important to note that during this transition period, an open board position exists. Anyone interested in volunteering to join the board of directors is encouraged to contact any board member for details. Per the SAH By-Laws, this position would be filled by appointment anytime during the remainder of this calendar year, but beginning in 2020, the position would be filled during our society's annual election.

As you may be aware, starting October 1, 2020, every state and U.S. territory resident will be required to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID or a current passport before boarding a commercial aircraft or accessing sensitive federal facilities.

Of particular note, SAH members and guests will need to comply with the new identification requirements in order to participate in tours of military bases or accessing Moffett Field for our general meetings. The REAL ID card may be obtained, by appointment, at any local DMV office. The Department of Homeland Security website explains the new identification requirement and offers an informative Q&A page at this link: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs (copy and paste into your browser). We'll be reviewing this issue periodically via this column and announcements during future meetings.

On a lighter note, Summer is just around the corner. As we gear up to publish our expanded 48-page Summer newsletter, we seek your contributions, big or small. Aviation-related stories, photos, or favorite airshow or museum memoirs are most welcome. A single photo accompanied with an explanatory caption, for example, works perfectly to help fill our pages. The newsletter submission guidelines are posted on our website here: www.sfahistory.org/guidelines.htm Please note that the submission final deadline is June 30. Any questions you may have should be directed to our Newsletter Editor Betty Veronico.

In closing, I thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you at our June meeting in Redwood City.

Ron Close

 

Past President Messages are linked below and on following pages:

March/April 2019

Jan./Feb. 2019

Nov./Dec. 2018

Sept./Oct. 2018

July/August 2018

May/June 2018

March/April 2018

Jan./Feb. 2018

Nov./Dec. 2017

Sept./Oct. 2017

July/Aug. 2017

May/June 2017

March/April 2017

Jan/Feb. 2017

Nov./Dec. 2016

Sept./Oct. 2016

July/Aug. 2016

May/June 2016

March/April 2016

Jan./Feb. 2016

Nov./Dec. 2015

Sept./Oct. 2015

July&Aug. 2015

May/June 2015

March/April 2015

Jan./Feb. 2015

Nov./Dec. 2014

Sept./Oct. 2014

May/June 2014

March/April 2014