RAeS Heathrow Branch Announces the February 2017 Lecture – Airspace Sovereignty: The Loss of MH17 – An Avoidable Tragedy?

The Royal Aeronautical Society Heathrow Branch announces the upcoming branch lecture on Thursday, 09th February 2017, 18:15 hours at Red Triangle Theatre, British Airways Waterside Headquarters, Harmondsworth UB7 0GA. The lecture is titled – Airspace Sovereignty: The Loss of MH17 – An Avoidable Tragedy?, and will be given by Professor Keith Hayward, formally Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University, Head of Economic and Political Affairs at the UK aerospace trade association and until January 2015, Head of Research at the Royal Aeronautical Society. 

The vulnerability of commercial airliners to missile attack has been evident for many years. Most attention has focused on the dangers of man portable missiles (Manpads), especially in the hands of terrorist groups. Yet the most serious incidents involving missile attack have been from longer range systems controlled by recognised armed forces – or at least under their nominal direction.

Professor Hayward will consider the loss of MH17 alongside two other cases, the Iranian Airbus shot down by a US cruiser and the Korean Airlines B747 destroyed by a Soviet fighter. Prof Hayward will then consider the implications of MH17 for the routing of commercial aircraft over conflict zones and the responsibilities of national and international agencies in advising and directing any diversion of traffic.

Prof Hayward will end by speculating on possible future areas of danger, specifically China’s claim to sovereignty up to the so-called “Nine-Dash Line” in the South China Sea.

For more information about this and future lectures, or if you would like to register for this event, visit our event site – ★REGISTER NOW★ @tiny.cc/RAeSLHR.


★★Please note that for security reasons, you MUST register in advance for our lectures ★★

cpdFor those who are presuming the Engineering Council registration, after attending this event, CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.


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