LHR Branch Circulates the List of Selected Aviation Events in Southwest England in February 2017

The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of February 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.

01 February 2017, Wednesday, Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Accident in Antarctica’ a talk by James Mason. James Mason 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 first dealt 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 described 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. 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 philccbw@hotmail.co.uk.

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 Meteors 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 raeswindon@gmail.com or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.

01 February 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Evening 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. kenmodavies@aol.com

05 February 2017, Sunday, Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event

Our popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for this informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960. On arrival, please follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area. Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield. Information on events at Old Sarum can be found on the website: http://www.oldsarumairfield.co.uk/events/

06 February 2017, Monday, Southampton – RAeS Solent Branch Lecture **

Formula 1 Aerodynamics: Modelling for Performance presented by Steve Liddle MEng(Hons) PhD CEng FRAeS, Principal Aerodynamicist, Renault Sport Racing. Steve is a Chartered Engineer, was chairman of the Young Members Board of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2008-10 and an elected council member from 2010, being elected a Fellow of the society in 2015. Since 2011, he has been a trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operated the last airworthy Avro Vulcan and aims to return the record breaking Canberra WK163 to flight in 2018. Steve was inspired into a career in aerospace by a fascination with the Vulcans, Buccaneers and Tornados that visited the nearby RAF Finningley (now Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport) when he was growing up. He studied for MEng and PhD degrees at the University of Manchester, during which he spent time at Rolls-Royce, developing manufacturing technology for the JSF (F-35B Lightning II) aircraft programme. 19:00 (doors at 18:30) Murray Lecture Theatre University of Southampton. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or secretary@solent-raes.org.uk.

07 February 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **

The Queen Elizabeth carriers: the future flagships of the UK by Chris Coles. The brand new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Under construction since 2009, the lead ship HMS Queen Elizabeth will commence sea trials in Spring 2017 ahead of planned deployment and Initial Carrier Strike Capability in 2020. The identical sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales will follow three years later. The two ships, which have been constructed at a combined cost of £6.2 billion, will replace the now-decommissioned HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious. They will dock in Portsmouth and will be at the forefront of the UK’s military arsenal for the next half-century. 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.

08 February 2017, Wednesday, Gatwick – RAeS Gatwick Branch Lecture **

The development of sailplane design and performance to the present day and beyond by Afandi Darlington AAIB and Howard Torode British Gliding Association. Gliding and soaring have held a mutual relationship with mainstream aviation development ever since the experiments of Sir George Cayley in 1852, through the birth of modern aviation in the 1900’s to the present day. This lecture will discuss the experiences of sailplane designers throughout the twentieth century, in pursuance of higher aerodynamic performance, and compare these with parallel applications of similar technologies in mainstream aircraft design. It will draw on well-known aerospace design philosophies, and show examples of how they have been equally applied to the design of sailplanes, including the benefits and lessons learned. The lecture will show how the continuing technological development has enabled sailplane pilots to continue to expand their wide soaring horizons. The speakers will conclude with a forward look at how sailplanes may be developed into the future using both evolutionary and disruptive technology. 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.

10 February 2017, Friday, Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

“Flying and Displaying Vintage Jet Aircraft” by Rod Dean. Rod is well qualified to talk about flying vintage aircraft. As well as being an accomplished public speaker, he has flown a wide variety of World War II and post-war piston-engined fighters such as the Mustang, Corsair, Wildcat, Sea Fury, Bearcat, Hurricane, Harvard, Skyraider and, his most favourite of all, the Spitfire. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: stephen.robson10@btopenworld.com.

11 February 2017, Saturday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event

Brooklands Remembers Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown. Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, who died aged 97 in February 216, flew 487 different types of aircraft, made 2,407 deck landings at sea and 2,721 take-offs, world records unlikely ever to be broken. Brown flew every major combat aircraft of the Second World War including gliders, fighters, bombers, airliners, amphibians, flying boats and helicopters, and his contribution to aviation research covered transonic flight, assessment of German jets and rocket aircraft, rotary wing flight, and the first carrier deck landing of a jet aircraft. 2-4pm Free event for Members and Non-Members. Although there is no charge for this event you will still need at ticket as it is expected to be popular. Booking opens on the 3rd January. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Book via Yvette at talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk mobile 07880 670359.

14 February 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – RAeS Farnborough Branch Lecture **

Templer Lecture. Drone technology: the next revolution in civil aviation? Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal formerly ASTRAEA Programme Director BAE Systems. Will autonomous systems technologies change the world of aviation in the same way as the development of the jet engine? Less than 10 years ago it was assumed that the civil market would follow the military trend of large vehicles being remotely and ultimately autonomously piloted. However, removing the restrictions on small vehicles or the pilot from larger aircraft is a non-trivial task. In this lecture, the challenges to designers, operators and regulators in realising the opportunities afforded by unmanned aircraft of any size in our airspace will be explained and the extent to which this can be achieved without any special infrastructure provisions or operating restrictions discussed. 19:00 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email pigramik@bp.com or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.

16 February 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – RAeS Yeovil Branch Lecture **

The Reggie Brie Awards. Young Members’ lecture competition. Reggie was a British rotorcraft test and demonstration pilot. He was a founder member of both the Helicopter Association of Great Britain, and the American Helicopter Society. He held both the No. 1 Helicopter Aviator’s Certificate and a Commercial Helicopter Pilots Licence. In 1954, the Royal Aeronautical Society awarded him the British Silver Medal for Aeronautics. Lectures 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 david.mccallum@leonardocompany.com and Michael.Winder@leonardocompany.com

20 February 2017, Monday, Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

‘Winkle : A life at full throttle’ by Paul Beaver. Author and broadcaster Colonel Paul Beaver was a close friend of Captain Eric Brown and this informative and entertaining presentation includes new stories from the colourful life of the unique test pilot and past patron of BWAG. Paul is currently writing Eric’s biography and his well-illustrated talk benefits from research resulting from unrestricted access to both personal and professional records of the nation’s greatest pilot. 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.

21 February 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

A short history of Westland by Jeremy Graham. Jeremy Graham joined Westland Helicopters Ltd in 1975 as a postgraduate trainee before moving to work with the Advanced Projects Group. By 2012 Jeremy was responsible for the engineering aspects supporting all out of production types, including Chinook modifications implemented by AW for the MoD and Boeing. 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.

21 February 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **

Current flight test activities at 41 Squadron. No. 41 (R) Squadron of the Royal Air Force is currently the RAF’s Test and Evaluation Squadron (“TES”), based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Its official title is “41(R) TES”. 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.

21 February 2017, Tuesday, Southampton – RAeS Solent Branch Lecture **

RJ Mitchell Lecture by Dr Paolo Ferri Head of Operations European Space Operations Centre. This lecture will recall the European Space Agency Rosetta mission and its spectacular and unique operations, describe the ExoMars missions and their operational and development status. Finally the future missions to Mercury, Sun and Jupiter and their operational challenges will be briefly introduced. The highlights of the two years operations at the comet and the spectacular mission termination will also be described. 19:00 Turner Sims Concert Hall University of Southampton. This is free to attend but ticketed event. Book via email solent.raes@outlook.com. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or secretary@solent-raes.org.uk.

22 February 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Lecture **

The History and Development of sailplanes by Afandi Darlington, AAIB and Howard Torode, British Gliding Association. Gliding and soaring have held a mutual relationship with mainstream aviation development ever since the experiments of Sir George Cayley in 1852, through the birth of modern aviation in the 1900’s to the present day. This lecture will discuss the experiences of sailplane designers throughout the twentieth century, in pursuance of higher aerodynamic performance, and compare these with parallel applications of similar technologies in mainstream aircraft design. It will draw on well-known aerospace design philosophies, and show examples of how they have been equally applied to the design of sailplanes, including the benefits and lessons learned. The lecture will show how the continuing technological development has enabled sailplane pilots to continue to expand their wide soaring horizons. The speakers will conclude with a forward look at how sailplanes may be developed into the future using both evolutionary and disruptive technology. 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. kenmodavies@aol.com

23 February 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture

“The life and times of the last remaining Barracuda aircraft” by David Morris, Curator, Cobham Hall. Members and friends of the Museum will have an opportunity to hear of the progress being made on the restoration of the last remaining Barracuda. We may even have a quick visit to view this magnificent aircraft. The Fairey Barracuda was a British carrier-borne torpedo and dive bomber used during the Second World War, the first of its type used by the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm to be fabricated entirely from metal. (Members are advised to bring a warm jacket with them if they intend to visit the Barracuda during the lecture). 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

23 February 2017, Thursday, Newport IoW – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section **

3D Modelling of Queen Elizabeth Class by Matt Bowden of BAE Systems. The brand new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Under construction since 2009, the lead ship HMS Queen Elizabeth will commence sea trials in Spring 2017 ahead of planned deployment and Initial Carrier Strike Capability in 2020. The identical sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales will follow three years later. The two ships, which have been constructed at a combined cost of £6.2 billion, will replace the now-decommissioned HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious. They will dock in Portsmouth and will be at the forefront of the UK’s military arsenal for the next half-century. 7:00 for 7.30 pm The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport – The Sail Loft room. Organised by the UK – South: Solent local network. Contact Jonathan Baker 01983 202520 for more information.

23 February 2017, Thursday, Bournemouth – RAeS Christchurch Branch Lecture **

The role of a Rolls-Royce test pilot by Phill O’Dell Chief Test Pilot Rolls-Royce. Phill, known by most as Pod, is Chief Test Pilot and Head of Flying at Rolls-Royce PLC (Aero Engines), and also displays the Rolls Royce MkXIX Spitfire. Until November 2001 he was Officer Commanding the Research & Development Flight of the Fast Jet Test Squadron at Boscombe Down. He flew Buccaneers and then taught as a Tactical Weapons Instructor and Flying Instructor on Hawks at Brawdy. He then moved to the Jaguar and flew operationally over Bosnia and Iraq. He was selected by the RAF to attend the French Test Pilot School at Istres in Provence and flew over 25 aircraft from the F-14 Tomcat to the Airbus A320. Phil flies and instructs in the Spitfire, Harvard and Chipmunk at the Boultbee Flight Academy and is a CAA Display Authorisation Evaluator. He lives in Gloucester with his wife Lizzy and three children Tom, Jamie and Emily. 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 e-mail rogerstarling593@btinternet.com or tel 01929 553822.

26 February 2017, Sunday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event

Horrible Science, Frightful Flight & Powerful Cars by Nick Arnold. Nick is the author of the Horrible Science series of books which bring easy to understand scientific principles to all ages. Along with illustrator Tony de Saulles the more gruesome side of science is brought out. Nick’s books include Disgusting Digestion, Bulging Brains and Vicious Veg. Time 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Members £8 per adult (Non-Members £10). £3 per child 8 – 15yrs inc. Suitable for Children from 8yrs. Children under 7yrs free. Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Book online or via Yvette at talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk mobile 07880 670359.

27 February 2017, Monday, Chichester – Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society (Air ACES) Talk

The Apache Helicopter and its operations in Afghanistan & Libya by Lt. Col. David Amlot (Army Air Corps). The Apache was first used in operations in Afghanistan in 2006. It also saw combat in Libya in 2011, where it was flown from the decks of Royal Navy ships during the NATO-led operation which culminated in the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Meetings 19:00 for 19:30 start. Chichester Park Hotel, behind Sainsbury’s on the Chichester By-pass. Entrance fee to each meeting members £3/non-members £5. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email info@airaces.org.uk.

28 February 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

‘Space weather: Past, Present and Future’ by Professor Clive Dyer. Space Weather is the influence of space environment variability on technology and human health. While our Sun is remarkably constant in the wavelengths that illuminate and warm us, it is extremely variable in other wavelengths and in its emission of plasma and energetic particles. Mankind’s increasing dependence on technology is creating new concerns and Space Weather has finally captured the attention of politicians. The question is being asked as to what would be the consequences in today’s high technology society of a repeat of the major solar flare event observed in white-light by Richard Carrington in 1859. The lecture will review the history, current status and recommendations for future strategies, particularly with respect to radiation effects. Non-members are welcome to attend subject to a donation to FAST of £5 per head. All talks take place at 7:30pm in the Village Hotel, Pinehurst Road, IQ Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7BF, unless otherwise stated. http://www.airsciences.org.uk/


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

01 March 2017, Wednesday, Christchurch – Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture

Mike Phipp will be talking about the life of George Errington, test pilot for de Havilland who flew over 100 different types of aircraft during his career. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch. 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 progsec@christchurchavsoc.co.uk.

01 March 2017, Wednesday, Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘The Life of a Vulcan Air Electronics Officer (AEO) 1966-1986’ a talk by Rod Powell. The Air Electronics Officer (AEO) had numerous responsibilities aboard the Vulcan. His main role was the operation of the Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment. The Vulcan was equipped with a wide assortment of EW aids designed to help it succeed on its missions. 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 philccbw@hotmail.co.uk.

01 March 2017, Wednesday, Swindon – RAeS Swindon Branch Lecture **

The Red Arrows by Wg Cdr Martin Higgins Officer Commanding Red Arrows. 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 raeswindon@gmail.com or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.

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