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Appointment of Dr Bernd Sträter as President of the Airship Association

At the 2011 AGM held in London on 14th April 2011 the Chairman, Peter Ward announced that Dr Bernd Sträter Dipl-Ing, the former CEO of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH and Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH, had agreed to become the new president of the Airship Association with effect from 1st May 2011.

Dr Sträter studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt. In 1969 he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering at the Technische Hochschule – Darmstadt with research activities in aircraft design, aeronautics and wind tunnel techniques and attained his PhD in 1976. Dr Sträter has since held many positions within the aeronautics industry notably with Dornier Aviation GmbH. After the major shareholder Deutsche Aerospace (DASA) sold Dornier Aviation to Fairchild, Dr Sträter was appointed by the DASA board to be President and Managing Director of Eurocolumbus, the European space station programme company managing the Columbus module. Following this Dr Sträter became manager of the profit centre Daimler Benz Airport Systems. In 1999 Dr Sträter was appointed President and Managing Director of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH and Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH. Follwing his retirement Dr Sträter now runs his own aeronautical consultancy. In 2007 he was Technical Chairman for the AIAA international ATIO+LTA convention in Belfast and was the consulting committee chairman and co-organiser with DGLR of our joint 2008 convention held in Friedrichshafen. Dr Sträter is a registered expert for aeronautical engineering, aircraft design and operation and LTA in the EU and Germany and was recently appointed to evaluation teams in Berlin and Brussels. We look forward to welcoming Dr Sträter as our President.

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