RAeS Heathrow Branch Concluded 2015-16 Lecture Season

Following the closing of  2016 Annual General Meeting on 28th April, the RAeS Heathrow Branch has concluded the 2015-16 lecture season! In the 2015-2016 season we delivered a very well-received and eclectic lecture programme.

In October Dr. Andrew Halfpenny gave us a lecture on aircraft fatigue. Graeme Catnach, the Chairmen of RAeS Heathrow Branch commented “in my own opinion, Dr. Halfpenny has gave one of the best understandings of aircraft structures I’ve ever been taught.”

November’s lecture was Dr. Stuart Gilmartin who gave a perspective on RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air Systems, often referred to by an ignorant media as “drones”) that gave a reassuring explanation of how training and technology could see them operating in civilian airspace alongside manned aircraft.

2015 ended with Terry Holloway of Marshall Aerospace with the story of that company and its position and contribution to the UK aerospace industry.

2016 kicked off with another historical lecture with a BA link – the history of the Airways Aero Association – given by Historian Lawrence Hole.

The Branch’s Sir Richard Fairey Named Lecture was given by Tom Grundy of Hybrid Air Vehicles, the Cardington-based company that is developing the Airlander airship. This well-received lecture couldn’t have come at a better time as the aircraft is now ready to fly.

The March lecture was due to be given by Jim Davies, the IAG’s Head of Fuel, intended to outline insights on the Biofuel partnership between IAG and Solena. Unfortunately, Solena went into administration in 2015 and it was not appropriate for Jim to deliver the lecture; with his help, the Branch were able to secure the services of Jonathon Counsell, IAG’s Head of Sustainability, who gave a thought-provoking lecture on the effects of climate change and governmental decisions on the airline industry. An excellent lecture that generated one of the liveliest question and answer sessions of the season!IMG_7239

The last lecture of the season ended in April with Simon Owen, Lead Researcher of Hornby Hobbies giving a good and at times witty insight into the techniques, trials and tribulations of producing the ever-popular Airfix Model Kits.


For the up-coming Lecture Season 2016-2017, the Branch has again prepared a well structured lecture programme, which can be browsed on our EVENT page.

A PREVIEW of 2016-17 lecture season, with the first  lecture due to commence on 8th September, the speaker, Professor Edwin R. Galea, Director of Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) from University Of Greenwich will be given an in-depth review in Safe Evacuation From Aircraft: the application of fire and evacuation simulation to aircraft design, certification and accident investigation.


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