This article first appeared in the January 1973 Flight Test News.

As we launch into a new year I hope it proves to be a prosperous one for each and every one of you and for the SFTE.

Membership renewals are going quite well. We have had particularly good response from those of our number that allowed their membership to lapse and are taking advantage of our offer to renew without penalty prior to 31 January. I might caution those current members that have not renewed yet that they will become delinquent on 1 February 1973 and will not receive further SFTE publications until the current dues are paid in full.

Since the new officers were installed this past September, we have been privileged to welcome 23 new members to the SFTE. We have also had very good response from our publicity that was distributed. We have received membership requests from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia.

Our new chapter in St Louis has not been finalized to date; however, with the membership we now have in that area it is only a matter of time. There is also sufficient membership in the Dayton area for another potential chapter.

Several of our members have requested information on the type of articles and format requirements for publication in the Newsletter. In answer to these inquiries we have presented some guidelines in this issue. We are always in need of material, so if you have, something to contribute, please do so. We would love to be in a position to advise you that we have so much material that we must delay publication of your article until a future issue. This is not the case! We are also considering a quarterly technical journal, but we need good technical articles before we can put a journal together.

Each of you received a “Call for Papers” for our next symposium in August, as an insert to your last issue of the Newsletter. We hope the Antelope Valley Chapter will be overwhelmed with papers for presentation. I would like to emphasize that the symposium was scheduled for August in hopes that each of you might consider attending in conjunction with your vacation. Preliminary arrangements have been made to reserve sufficient rooms to include families. Tentative plans are also in the mill to arrange for activities for the families during our technical meetings. Let’s make this a family affair!

A new addition in this issue of the Newsletter is our “NEWS SHORTS” column, another suggestion from our members. How about telling the rest of us about your new project or one you just finished. The name, and phone number of the project engineer on these programs would help tremendously in establishing technical communications among membership.

Most companies have standard news release packages on new contracts that they release to the news media. Ask your company to put the SFTE on distribution for this material.

This article first appeared in the January 1973 Flight Test News.

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