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Next Meeting Details and Announcements - Fall 2017 - Sedona, Arizona

(Emails in chronological order below)

From: Tate, Ralph

Sent: Monday, June 5, 2017, 7:59:55 AM PDT

Subject: AFDC: Fall Meeting 2017 "Heads Up" & 1st Call for Papers...


Dear Members and Guests…


Our Fall meeting will be held in Sedona, AZ, October 2017, and hosted by ZONA Technologies.  The exact date is pending ZONA’s hotel and conference room arrangements, but, likely, either the last two weekends in October.


Once arrangements are set, I’ll send out the attendance and paper/topic submittal form and reservation/hotel information.  Some information may come directly from ZONA Technologies.


While we always have a potpourri of topics, which I don’t intended to stop,


         There’s been a request for a section on current supersonic aero-elasticity work relative to commercial and general aviation.  So, if you’re interested in presenting in this area, please contact me directly.  We may need to be sensitive to data rights and EX-IM restrictions with non-US Persons; also,

         We had a very lively, engaging panel discussion in Orlando…kept the post-lunch slump from over-taking us. Hence, I’d like to entertain topic suggestions for panel discussion.


Finally, I’ve culled the ‘mailing list’ but not all misdirected E-mail.  I’ll be watching the “returned” E-mail closely.


“…to engineer is human…” -


Ralph E. Tate

LM Fellow - Distinguished Technical Staff,

     Loads & Dynamics/Env. Analysis & Testing

Fone: 972-603-1968



From: Tate, Ralph (US)
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2017 3:20 PM
Subject: Fall 2017 AFDC Meeting, Reservation and 2nd Call for Papers

Dear Members & Guests . . .

ZONA Technologies will sponsor our Fall 2017 AFDC Meeting in Sedona, which will be held either 18-20 October 2017 or 19-20 October 2017, depending on your response to the attached reservation form. If we've enough papers/presentation/panels, we'll opt for 18-20 else 19-20.

Hence, ZONA and I need you reply as soon as feasible to those in the Cc block. ZONA is working room blocks, and, Sedona being a very attractive locale, room space is very limited and that filling up fast. We need to ease our host's workload as much as possible. Furthermore, ZONA is working on an activity of some sort which just increases need for firming reservations.

There are three (3) other items that are very important:

First, ZONA wants to know whether attendees have dietary restrictions . . . please note that on form. You may discuss that with Shannon or Jennifer independently . . . I have no N2K, there;
Second, it's the presenter's responsibility to get all releases and restrictions worked with whomever they're representing; and,
Third, the AFDC convenes meetings in compliance with ITAR (22 C.F.R. Chapter I, Subchapter M, Part 120) per AFDC Bylaws, Article 9, as revised May 2012. No classified information may be presented. Hence, non-US Persons ('Foreign Persons') may attend as an invited guest of a member (Article 5.2.1), often the Chair; however, foreign persons may be excluded sessions or dismissed from a presentation at the discretion of the Chair (Article 5.2.4 and Article 9). I will notify invitees if an ITAR restricted presentation is planned and subsequent protocol.

After all that, I'm really looking forward to seeing you all again this Fall in Sedona.
(Attached file AFDC 2017 Fall Meeting - Sedona, AZ.pptx - see below)

From: Tate, Ralph

Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:24:17 PM PDT

Subject: AFDC Fall Meeting: 3rd Call for Papers/Presentations...


Dear Members and Guests…


I hope you’re all having a great Summer.  Now that the 4th holiday is behind us, we can focus on our Fall rendezvous in Sedona (AZ) and ZONA as our host.


Our AFDC Fall Meeting will convene in Sedona on 19-20 October 2017.  We are presently planning a 2-day event, which may be extended to 2.5 days depending on participation.  Expect soon a separate invitation from ZONA staff with more precise reservation information and amenities/activities around Sedona, AZ.  So, if you’ve not already responded, complete the form above (below) and return to me and ZONA staff CC’d herein. 


At the moment, I have a solid commitment for 8-10 presentations, including restricted ITAR presentations.  I will have a break-out session for ITAR or restricted presentations/discussions.


A couple of questions have come to me:

Do you need to present to attend?  Answer: no.  However, this is an opportunity for discussion with professionals familiar in Structural Dynamics, Dynamics and Aeroelasticity: active participation is encouraged.  This is the venue wherein you can seek information and guidance in solving current and future trends and problems in Aerospace.  Aside from presentation archives, these discussions are in camera.

Do I need to provide a paper?  Answer: no.  However, you may submit a paper for archival record, you may submit only a presentation or both.

How long should I plan my presentation?  Answer: 30 minutes including discussion.  However, I must confess, you may spend quite some time in the hallway afterward in discussion.

Can guests attend?  Answer: yes, but with caveats defined in the bylaws.  This requires sponsorship either by the Chair, me, or another member, who identifies guest to me.  Contact me for details.


So, I look forward to seeing you all this Fall in Sedona.  And contact me directly with presentation requests.


Thank you & see you soon.


From: ZONA Technology, Inc.

Sent: Friday, July 28, 2017, 11:33:22 AM PDT

Subject: Fall 2017 Aerospace Flutter and Dynamics Council (AFDC) Meeting Details and Reservation Information

Fall 2017 Aerospace Flutter and Dynamics Council (AFDC) meeting


Dear Members and Guests,
We are thrilled to sponsor this fall’s Aerospace Flutter and Dynamics Council Meeting in Sedona, AZ.  
Please follow this link for information regarding meeting location, dates, and reservation information. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with making reservations by contacting us at or calling us at 480-945-9988.

Best Regards, 
ZONA Technology, Inc.

Copyright 2017 ZONA Technology, Inc., All rights reserved.
Registered for Flutter Club info

Our mailing address is:

ZONA Technology, Inc.

9489 E Ironwood Square Dr

Scottsdale, AZ 85258


From: ZONA Technology, Inc.

Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎13‎, ‎2017‎ ‎05‎:‎12‎:‎58‎ ‎PM‎ ‎PDT

Subject: Fall 2017 AFDC Meeting Dates and Important Reminders

Poco Diablo Resort Reservation Deadline and Official Meeting Dates

Dear Members and Potential Guests,

As the Fall 2017, Aerospace Flutter Dynamics Council (AFDC) meeting is quickly approaching; we wanted to remind you that the reserved block of rooms at the Poco Diablo Resort, where the meeting will be held, will be released after September 18, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms, and the hotel will not be able to guarantee room availability or the group rate after September 18, 2017. The official meeting dates will be October 19th and 20th, 2017. Also, if you are bringing a guest with you to Thursday, October 19th’s reception & banquet, please let us know as soon as possible if you have not already done so along with any dietary restrictions for yourself and guest.

For booking information, please see the details below.
The Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336
Book your room by telephone at 1-928-203-5923 or send email to
Mention Group Code: 1710AEROSP.
To reserve a room online, go to
Poco Diablo AFDC Group Online Reservations.
All of the hotel information is also on our website as well at
If you have not registered to attend yet but are still interested in attending and/or presenting, please use the following link to download our registration form and return it to us at at your earliest convenience.
If you have any questions or problems reserving a hotel room at the Poco Diablo Resort, please let us know.

Kindest Regards, 
ZONA Technology, Inc.

Copyright 2017 ZONA Technology, Inc., All rights reserved.
Registered for Flutter Club info

Our mailing address is:

ZONA Technology, Inc.

9489 E Ironwood Square Dr

Scottsdale, AZ 85258


From: Tate, Ralph <>

Cc: Britt, Terry [US] (AS <>; Wright, D R <>; REDMOND, MELVIN <>; Shannon Hill <>; 'Jennifer Scherr' <>; Amanda Gardner <>

Sent: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎19‎, ‎2017‎ ‎07‎:‎22‎:‎22‎ ‎AM‎ ‎PDT

Subject: AFDC Fall Meeting 19-20 October 17 and 4th Call for Presentations


Dear Members and Guests…


Exactly 30 days until the AFDC convenes in Sedona on 19-20 October 2017 at the Poco Diablo hotel.  If you’ve not already made reservations and RSVP with our host ZONA, please complete the attached RSVP form (available below), and return to Shannon, Jennifer or Amanda (See Cc’d line).  They’re working on finalizing facilities with the Poco Diablo.


As I presently count, I’ve 18 presentations committed: I could use 3 to 4 additional presentations.  So, if there’s a burning question or issue of concern WRT/flutter and dynamics, here’s the place to ask it and to just the right people to answer it.


There are two (2) presentations, possibly a third, which will be restricted to US citizens, that is, citizens defined under ITAR regulations.  More about that in a couple of weeks.


Look forward to seeing you soon.


“…to engineer is human…” -


Ralph E. Tate

LM Fellow - Distinguished Technical Staff,

     Loads & Dynamics/Env. Analysis & Testing

Fone: 972-603-1968


click here to download 19 Sep 2017 RSVP file

click here to download reservation form file

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