Happy New Year!
The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of January 2017 aviation events in the Southwest England area. Please be aware that the Royal Aeronautical Society nor the RAeS Heathrow Branch is the organiser of following events. Please contact the indicated organiser(s) if you have any questions or queries. We recommend you double check event details, especially any potential last minute changes before making or commencing any journey plans.
**A number of following events may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records. CPD certificates of attendance will be provided or endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.
04 January 2017, Wednesday, Swindon – RAeS Swindon Branch Lecture **
100 years of Air Accident Investigation by Mr Pete Coombs – AAIB. The Defence Academy Swindon Branch RAeS (DASRAeS) meet at The Defence Academy of the UK Shrivenham for a series of lectures held from October through May. RAeS Members Free. Friends of Branch £20 per lecture season. Some external visits incur an additional charge to cover transport and catering. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (also free entrance). If interested, please contact us. 19:00 – 20:30 The Montgomery Theatre, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham SN6 8LA. ID will be required at the gate (Driving Licence/Passport). The base will deny access if compliance is not adhered to. Advise attendance preferably via e-mail email@example.com or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.
04 January 2017, Wednesday, Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
The Annual SHHAS Photo Competition. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire firstname.lastname@example.org.
04 January 2017, Wednesday, Christchurch – Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
Subject TBA. Venue Druitt hall Christchurch 8pm. Meetings are held in the Druitt Hall, adjacent to the library, off the High Street, Christchurch Dorset. Programme Secretary, Robert Wilson, Tel: 01425 271202 or email email@example.com.
10 January 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **
A New Lease of Life for the Gazelle AH Mk1 by Flt Lt Stu Walker, Andrew Duffy and Phillip Loughlin. Stu Walker grew up in the Lake District and often saw RAF jets flying around the fells. This is what spurred Stu to join the RAF going on to fly the Nimrod and later DHFS Helicopters. Andrew Duffy and Phillip Loughlin are both from QinetiQ. Andrew is an Avionics and Mission Systems Trials Officer and Phillip is an Avionics and Mission Systems Engineer. Refreshments from 5pm, Lecture starts 5:15pm Lecture Theatre (adjacent to main restaurant), MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, SP4 0JF. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration. Email Branch Secretary secretary@BosombeDownRAES.org.
11 January 2017, Wednesday, Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
A Universe of dwarf galaxies by Dr Samantha Penny (University of Portsmouth). Dwarf galaxies are the most common galaxies in the Universe, yet they are frequently overlooked due to their small size and low luminosity. Despite their diminutive nature, they are an extremely varied and fascinating galaxy population, spanning a wide range of sizes and structures. They greatly outnumber galaxies like our Milky Way, and are thought to be the initial building blocks of the Universe. In this talk, I will present some of the latest cutting-edge research being done to better understand these galaxies, from surprisingly difficult dwarf galaxy searches in our own Galactic neighbourhood, to the discovery of the densest galaxy found to date. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.
11 January 2017, Wednesday, Gatwick – RAeS Gatwick Branch Lecture **
Sir Peter Masefield Lecture. The art of communication and the role of Airbus connecting society – by James Hinds Director Strategy Development at Airbus Defence and Space Systems. James is currently the Director responsible for Strategic Planning within the Space Systems Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space UK. James has worked in the satellite industry for more than 30 years and has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration. After leaving university he worked with an Airbus DS predecessor company in the design of propulsion systems for European scientific missions. This was followed by a move to Communication missions, where he has had roles in production, system engineering and project management (working with both Airbus DS and Boeing). As expected he has travelled extensively and lived in the UK, USA and India. In his scarce moments of free time he enjoys sailing, cooking and spending time with his family. 18:30 at the CAA, Aviation House, Gatwick Airport South (near the Beehive) – RH6 0YR. These Lectures are open to all RAeS members and Non-RAeS Members. Contact Don Bates tel 020 8654 1150.
13 January 2017, Friday, Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
‘Whittle and the Jet Engine’ by Stephen Robson. Frank Whittle (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was an RAF engineer air officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time. Whittle’s jet engines were developed some years earlier than those of Germany’s Hans von Ohain who was the designer of the first operational turbojet engine. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 January 2017, Monday, Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture
‘Accident in Antarctica’ by James S Mason. James has made a study of the loss of Air New Zealand DC10 ZK-NZP which crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica on the 28th November 1979. James will first deal with the incident, the background and post-crash investigations which led to a Royal Commission of Inquiry. The second part of the well-illustrated presentation will describe a modern logistics flight on a USAF C17 made by the speaker and the Memorial established at Scott Base to mark the 30th anniversary of the incident. Doors open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. The Stables Parish Centre (behind St. Peter’s Church) Bishop’s Waltham. The fee for each meeting is normally £2.50. Website http://www.bwavg.co.uk.
17 January 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce TAG Farnborough Airport Tours
TAG Farnborough airport tours in Association with Farnborough Airport. Tours include a full drive of the airfield, a look inside the hangers and a trip up the control tower, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the airport and surrounding areas. The tours take place on a comfortable minibus and are fully guided by Tony Knight who has been employed at the airfield for 51 years and has a wealth of knowledge. Throughout the tour Tony will explain the history of the airfield as well as its current operations and future plans. There are sections where you will be required to stand during the tour as well as 5 flights of stairs up to the top when visiting the control tower. Should you be required to evacuate due to an emergency, there are 17 flights of stairs down as the lift will be unavailable. Guests who feel unable to manage the stairs are welcome to wait in the Tower conference room during this part of the tour. To book please email email@example.com or for further information call 01329 242420. Costs to members: £10 (Including VAT). Costs: Non Member – £15 (inc VAT). Arrive at 09.50am for 10.00am start – the tour is scheduled to finish at 12.30pm but may overrun to 13.00pm. ID Please bring photographic ID to show at security. TAG Farnborough Airport, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6XA.
17 January 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – RAeS Farnborough Branch Lecture **
VC10 Military Operations by Paul Morris, BAE Systems Military Air and Information. Paul is a Business Development Manager at BAE Systems but was previously a Royal Auxiliary Air Force VC10 Navigator. 19:30 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.
18 January 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Lecture **
‘Buying British – the politics of the VC10 and Trident programmes’ by Prof Keith Hayward, formally Head of RAeS research. Lecture 18:45 – 20:00. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Open for non RAeS members, entrance fee £2.50. Ken Davies tel 01483 531529. email@example.com
19 January 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – RAeS Yeovil Branch Lecture **
The Westland Future Projects Group – a personal recollection by Dr Ron Smith. Ron Smith is a British aeronautical engineer, pilot, author, photographer and historian. He was Head of Future Projects at Westland Helicopters Ltd and recently retired from BAE Systems. He has owned a number of light aircraft. Ron was the author of the 2015 booklet ‘100 years of Westland Manufacturing Aircraft at Yeovil.’ Meetings start at 18:00 for 18:30 in Lecture Room 1A on the Ground Floor of the Leonardo Headquarters Building (Dallas 1A) where coffee and biscuits will be available from 17:45. Leonardo Helicopters, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2YB Contacts firstname.lastname@example.org and Michael.Winder@leonardocompany.com
24 January 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation
Cold War and a Hot Place by Stephen Robson. A talk about experiences in the RAF during the Cold War. 18:30 for 19:00. Members free, non-members £5 (includes access to the aviation collection). Monthly presentations 18:30 for 19:00. Entrance Members free and Non-members £5 (includes access to the collection). Venue BDAC conference room Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636.
25 January 2017, Wednesday, Salisbury – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Technical Visit
Innovation: Rapid Processing of New Composites 17:30 to 20:00. Cecence Unit 6, Bunas Business Park, Hollom Down Road Lopcombe Corner Salisbury SP5 1BP. Composite engineering and innovation consultancy, Cecence, are enabling the uptake of novel composite materials focusing on the aerospace and rail sectors. Traditional manufacturing techniques for carbon and glass fibre moulded panels are both time consuming and costly, require skilled laminators and produce a great deal of waste. Cecence’s rapid methods of processing also negate waste and their products meet FST standards to satisfy the requirements for mass transportation sectors. Free to attend – but must book place. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/event-detail?id=12878
26 January 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture
“The Seafire and Beyond” by Graham Mottram. With the FAA desperately short of fighter capability in its embarked air groups at the start of World War 2, the navalisation of the Spitfire was one of the attempts to put this problem right. A riveting start to a New Year of lectures! Event commences at 7.30pm. Numbers limited. Ticket includes entry and light refreshment. £7 per person on the door, on the night. Non-members welcome. More details and ticket bookings at the SOFFAAM website http://www.fleetairarmfriends.org.uk
26 January 2017, Thursday, Newport IoW – RAeS Newport IoW Lecture **
The Royal Naval Air Station Bembridge. 6pm in the IoW College Conference Hall Medina Way, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TA. Liam Condren Secretary RAeS IoW Branch. Tel 01983 201246 or Email: email@example.com.
26 January 2017, Thursday, Bournemouth – RAeS Christchurch Branch Lecture **
Test Pilots with material from the FAST archives by Ms Ashley Morgan Archivist for the Film Archive. 7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Cobham Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB. This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. Contact Roger Starling please – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01929 553822.
26 January 2017, Thursday, Reading – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Thameswey Lecture **
Industrial applications of high fidelity fluid dynamics analysis techniques by Eur Ing Dr Graham Hawkes FIMechE, Fluids Group Leader, Frazer-Nash Consultancy. The Navier-Stokes equations which describe the flow of fluids have been known for almost 200 years. However, these seemingly simple equations hold a dark secret in that to date for most industrial flows the cost of their direct computation has been prohibitive. Hence, the science of flow computation has historically required significant assumptions and approximations to be introduced to reduce this overhead. 18:30 – 21:00. Venue Amec Foster Wheeler, Shinfield Park, Reading RG2 9FW. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/event-detail?id=12579
The Great STEM UK Youth Rocketry Challenge 2017 is NOW OPEN!
The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) is a great way to engage the next generation of engineers with practical experience of building and executing complex missions. This is an exciting way to learn more about maths and science, with the UK winners getting the chance to compete against teams from France, USA and Japan at the International Finals. http://www.ukayroc.org.uk/
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
01 February 2017, Wednesday, Swindon – RAeS Swindon Branch Lecture **
Reminiscence of a Concorde test Pilot by Alan Smith. Alan Smith was an ATC Cadet in 1950 joining the RAF thereafter, he flew Meteor with 68 Sqn in Germany. He was employed by BAC as a Training Captain (Latterly Chief Training Captain) and flew as a test flight on the BAC 1-11 and Concorde. Alan has flown 75 different types of aircraft including the DC-3, Concorde and BAC 1-11 and flew for a number of airlines including Autair, Courtline and Channel Express. The Defence Academy Swindon Branch RAeS (DASRAeS) meet at The Defence Academy of the UK Shrivenham for a series of lectures held from October through May. RAeS Members Free. Friends of Branch £20 per lecture season. Some external visits incur an additional charge to cover transport and catering. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (also free entrance). If interested, please contact us. 19:00 – 20:30 The Montgomery Theatre, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham SN6 8LA. ID will be required at the gate (Driving Licence/Passport). The base will deny access if compliance is not adhered to. Advise attendance preferably via e-mail email@example.com or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.
01 February 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Lecture **
‘Manoeuverable Spacecraft’ by Mr John Gough, former aerodynamicist, HS Kingston. Lecture 18:45 – 20:00. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Open for non RAeS members, entrance fee £2.50. Ken Davies tel 01483 531529. firstname.lastname@example.org