Series ready for takeoff
By Maria Nelson
Ed Wells Partnership SPEEA Co-director
What are the basic and essential com- ponents necessary for building an air- plane and having it fly successfully
and safely? You may be familiar with one or more
of these, but perhaps not with the full picture.
Check out the Airplane Familiarization Series,
offered by Ed Wells Partnership via the Boeing
Education Network (BEN) as part of Boeing’s
The first presentation, called Principles of
Flight, will be broadcast Thursday, March 3, at
11 a.m. (PST), then on demand online. The final
program will be broadcast Thursday, June 16.
The first in the series will focus on the primary
forces and movements that govern flight and the
parts of the airplane that manipulate those forces
and movements to maneuver the airplane.
At the conclusion of this series, participants can
better understand how the various parts of the
airplane contribute to the successful completion
of a flight.
The full schedule of presentations is:
Airplane Familiarization Series – Boeing Education Network
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PST)
#1 – Principles of Flight Thursday, March 3
#2 - Airplane Requirements Thursday, March 17
#3 – Designing an Airplane Thursday, April 7
#4 – Airplane Structures Thursday, April 21
#5 – Airplane Systems Thursday, May 5
#6 – Aviation Safety Thursday, May 19
#7 – Airplane Flight Test Thursday, June 2
#8 – Production and Delivery System Thursday, June 16
For more information, see the Ed Wells website on the Boeing intranet ( http://edwells.web.boe-
ing.com/Event/BENBroadcasts/). Each presentation will be available to view on-demand after
the initial broadcast date.
Event honors Ed
More than 100 instructors and their guests attended the Ed
Wells Partnership appreciation event at the Museum of Flight
Feb. 9. They are among the 160 Boeing instructors who
taught classes for Ed Wells last year. Many of those classes were
taught after hours, which is one reason why spouses or other
guests were invited to the appreciation event – recognizing
time spent away from home.
Joint Center for Aerospace
Technology Innovation (JCATI)
to review JCATI
The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) is looking for review- ers for their 2016 funding proposals.
JCATI is a Washington-state program focused
on aerospace technology development through
industry-academic collaborations. SPEEA fills a
seat on the JCATI Board of Directors to represent organized labor.
Last year, 86 engineering students across the state
received direct industry experience by working
on JCATI-funded projects.
Funding applications, which are due March 4,
consist of four pages of technical information as
well as an industry transition plan.
Reviews are submitted online, take less than 30
minutes each and must be completed by April 1.
In past years, JCATI needed experts in electronics, composites, communications systems, controls and power systems, for example, to review
Contact JCATI Program Manager Beth Hacker
( firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are
interested. To learn more about JCATI, go to
Dominick D. Critelli Jr. IFPTE
Apply by March 15 – details at