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Greetings to the LAA family.

The Langley Alumni Association met on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria. We had a great turnout of over 60 attendees. Our Speaker was Mr. David Richwine who is currently the Deputy Project Manager for Technology on the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Project at NASA Langley Research Center. He has over 30 years of flight research and testing experience on various supersonic aircraft used to demonstrate advanced technologies working with our aerospace industry.  His talk was on “Low-Boom Supersonic Flight Demonstration.”  This informative presentation reviewed the history of supersonic flight and sonic boom research in the U.S. and provided an overview of recent Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft preliminary design accomplishments and the Low-Boom Flight Project plan for the next few years culminating in flight demonstrations in 2021.  Following the talk, Mr. David Richwine was recognized with a memento by Roger Ferguson.

Here is a photo of our speaker David Richwine on the left, accompanied by three Langley pioneers in the research and development of sonic boom technologies, Dominick Maglieri, Christine Darden, and Percy J. “Bud” Bobbitt.

Minutes for both the LAA General Meeting and Board Meeting are contained in the Meeting and Minutes section.

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team.

You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l.robinson@nasa,gov

The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. President Ira Abbott will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.

To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.

There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.

NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.

Next LAA Meeting (s)

The next Meeting of the Langley Alumni Association will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and it will be held in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria. Our Speaker is Mr. Michael Mason and he will discuss “Overview pf Retiree Benefits and New Tax Law Impacts”.

The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online.

Information on Obtaining Badges to Attend LAA Meetings on NASA Langley Research Center

To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. We now have a new process to renew your six-month badge.  Within two-three weeks of the badge expiration date, please send an email to:

larc-alumni-request@mail.nasa.gov

Please include your legal first and last name as well as a telephone or cell number and state that you are requesting a six-month LAA badge renewal. Call the Badge and Pass Office at 757-864-2790 within a week after you receive notice that the renewal is being processed and to ensure your new badge is ready for pick-up.