The Airship Association Journal, 'Airship', has been evolving over recent months under the excellent stewardship of Paul Adams. Paul recently passed the editor's baton to a committee comprising Members of Council, the governance group within the Association.
Not only is the Journal undergoing some restructuring, but The Airship Association itself, with Council now under the Chairmanship of Rob Knotts, is at the start of an intensive period of renewal, restructuring, development and growth.
We in Council are expediting our study into how we can best provide both our Corporate Members and our individual members enhanced and more material benefit in exchange for their continued support and subscriptions. We are looking at additional types of membership for educational institutes and different 'grades' of Corporate membership as well. Details will be announced soon. As part of this initiative, we will be launching a major recruitment drive across all types and grades of membership over the next couple of months. We will also be extending our use and exploitation of social media (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter primarily).
In the immediate short term, we are seeking from all those who receive this email input for the Journal in the form of general news, pictures and articles or technical papers and illustrated technical articles. We are also interested to hear from those who may wish to advertise in the journal.
In terms of style, we will retain the high quality, colour format. However, there will be some noticeable changes in the way the content is selected and presented. Some of these changes will appear in the June edition, with the remainder in the following edition in September. In summary though, we will continue to provide news, photographs and articles about current activities. In addition, we will start once again to follow the practice of including more technical papers, some commissioned specifically for the Journal, with others being reproduced from past technical meetings. Furthermore, we will be seeking more correspondence - including reprinting material posted to our social media sites - and we hope to encourage a healthy, moderated discussion on the many issues faced by our community, both those in the industry and those supporters amongst the wider community. We will always try to remain objective, non-judgmental and fair, in part by wherever possible presenting more than just one side of any technical debate.
Some of the changes you will see may be considered controversial. However, please rest assured that both the editorial committee and Council remain open to suggestion, criticism and constructive engagement. Furthermore, we encourage interested individuals to volunteer for Council.
The Airship Association has now been in existence for more than 40 years. We recognize that we have not evolved over that time at the same pace we have seen in so many other walks of life - but it is not too late! So, please send me your news, pictures and articles and we will endeavour to provide you with a refreshed, interesting and informative Journal: 'Airship'. I look forward to hearing from you.
Editorial Committee Chairman