AWEIA (AWE Industry Association) pioneered AWE safety and professional ethics R&D, as the logical leadership role of an Industry Association. With the recent mishap investigation, which will touch on ethical issues, AWEIA is back in the picture on merits, and could be rebuilt and grow from there. AWEIA commissioned both TACO and a Code of Ethics. Those documents are a foundation to rebuild on. TACO is overdue for an update, and the recent mishap will be an ideal source of vital material.
John Oyebanji is an unsung hero for carrying on as AWEIA’s founding director for so many years, unfunded, while AWE “playboys” partied and got rich on venture capital. AWEC usurped the leadership role to engage in unfair business practices and neglect safety culture development. Wubbo had championed AWEIA from the start, but after he passed, no one in the AWEC circle cared, and JohnO was snubbed from conference planning and participation.
Please help AWE have an effective professional association. The FAA, AWE investors, and public stakeholders, all need an effective accountable professional industry. Consider volunteering in any way. If you work in AWE, you are automatically an AWEIA member, but can “opt-out”.