The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of March 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
01 March 2017, Wednesday, Swindon – RAeS Swindon Branch Lecture **
The Red Arrows by Wg. Cdr Martin Higgins Officer Commanding Red Arrows. The RAeS Defence Academy Swindon Branch (RAeSDAS) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.
02 March 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Fleet Air Arm Museum Event
Reserve Collection Tours – Airframes at Cobham: The Fleet Air Arm Museum’s Reserve Collection is now larger than many other entire aircraft museums and is housed in a purpose built and climate-controlled building called Cobham Hall. Cobham Hall is now bulging with our precious assortment of all things “naval aviation heritage” as we just keep on adding to it. With this in mind, we fully appreciate the interest to get ‘behind the scenes’ and as such will be holding a series of dates in 2017 for special guided tours. The aircraft housed in Cobham Hall are in various stages of preservation, repair or just storage. We have many rare examples that you will not see anywhere else in existence, included the world’s oldest surviving aircraft carrier, the Lighter T3 which is on the National Register of Historic Vessels. This sixty feet long streamlined craft was towed behind fast RN destroyers, allowing aircraft to take off at sea during World War 1. Three sessions per day– 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2pm. Tours commence from Cobham Hall itself and you must assemble there at the appropriate time (not the Museum) All tours will be £12.00 per person, places are limited and MUST be booked in advance either online or via the Museum Ticket Box. Price does not include access to the main Museum.
05 March 2017, Sunday, Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event
A popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join 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/
07 March 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **
Lancaster Bale Out! By Clive Smith. Author Clive Smith published a book in 2014 which tells the story of a 106 Squadron crew in which his cousin, Sgt. Jack Hougham, was the W/Op on ED720-R when they were shot down returning from Cologne on 8th/9th July 1943. The story is a first-hand account essentially told by the Bomb Aimer, Sgt. Fred Smooker, who was the sole survivor from the crew. It begins with his training in Canada, forming a crew at No. 14 OTU RAF Cottesmore training on Wellingtons, moving to No. 1654 HCU RAF Wigsley on Lancasters and then being posted to 106 Squadron in Syerston in March 1943, during the Battle of the Ruhr. They were lost on their 20th operation and several earlier ops are described in detail. After managing to parachute out of his Lancaster he was assisted in his evasion by a number of French helpers before he was eventually caught and sent to Fresnes prison in Paris after being treated as a spy. After spending 56 days in solitary confinement he was then sent to Dulag Luft and then onto Stalag IVB to spend the last 18 months of the war as a POW. 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.
10 March 2017, Friday, Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
Brief AGM and lecture on Charles Rolls and Britain’s First International Aviation Meeting by Stephen Robson. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: email@example.com.
14 March 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – RAeS Farnborough Branch and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Lecture **
The Rolls-Royce 7000 Trent Engine for the Airbus A330NEO by Jon Windlass Chief Engineer Trent 7000. Joint lecture with IMechE. 19:00 – 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.
15 March 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Lecture **
‘Aero Engine Technology – a glimpse into the future’ by Phil Curnock, Chief Engineer for future programmes in Rolls-Royce’s civil large engines business. 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
16 March 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – RAeS Yeovil Branch Lecture **
Robotic cars by Professor Tony Pipe. Joint lecture with IMechE. Tony Pipe has 20 years of experience in carrying out research on advanced sensor-systems, medical robotics, biologically-inspired robotics, machine learning and adaptive behaviour, applied to intelligent and distributed control/monitoring systems for robotics. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Michael.Winder@leonardocompany.com
19 March 2017, Sunday, Sopley – Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day
FONFA has its first open day for 2017 on 19th March in their newly refurbished building which has a wealth of pictures and artefacts commemorating the aviation operations and aircraft of WW2 involving the 12 airfields and also the training airfield at East Boldre from WW1. 10am-4pm. For entry on Open Days, the Trustees ask for a donation of £5 for adults, £2 for 10-16 year olds and ‘under 10s’ are free. For those visitors who wish to become FONFA members, they can sign on for the initial membership of £5 for a year. This gives them access to the Museum on all Open Days, plus the website and an e-mailed Members Newsletter at least twice a year. The museum is accessed via the new housing estate BH23 8EB, turn left immediately on entering the estate. See the Facebook page or the website at <https://fonfasite.wordpress.com> or further details via email at < email@example.com>
20 March 2017, Monday, Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture
‘Westlands – Horseless Carriage to Helicopter’ Jeremy Graham Following a management career with Agusta Westland – now part of the Leonardo Group – Jeremy is well qualified to present a history of the Company and the surprisingly wide range of aircraft involved. The Company celebrated a centenary of aircraft construction at the Yeovil factory in 2015. Jeremy’s well researched and illustrated talk will review all the major types manufactured emphasising wartime operations, UK and other users and recent contracts on the Merlin and Wildcat. 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 March 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **
The Joe Morrell Awards Lectures, ‘Young Persons’ competition. The award is named in memory of Joe Morrall, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career at MoD Boscombe Down. James Cedric Morrall, known to his friends and colleagues always as Joe, was a distinguished aeronautical engineer and scientist in Government Service, who in his early career, worked on military aircraft research and development in the Ministry of Defence and later on civil aircraft operations in the Civil Aviation Authority. 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 March 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation
Flight Testing at Boscombe Down – Tim Mason. Author Tim Mason has published a number of books about Flight Testing at Boscombe Down. 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.
23 March 2017, Thursday, Newport – RAeS IoW Branch Lecture **
Sam Saunders Named Lecture by Mike and Janet Brooks. The Saunders family began building boats on the River Thames around 1830. Sam Saunders set up a shipyard in Cowes in 1912. Soon he was producing seaplanes and aeroplanes in East Cowes as well. In 1929 the pioneering Alliott Verdon-Roe acquired an interest in the Saunders company and Saunders-Roe was born. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 March 2017, Thursday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event
The Trident Airliner by Neil Lomax. Neil is a member of the Save the Trident group currently restoring a Trident at Sunderland. He will talk us through the history of the aircraft and the work he carried out on restoring Trident 3B G-AWZK at Manchester. This Classic Talk is held in the Napier Room in the historic clubhouse at Brooklands. Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. 7:30-9:30pm. Ticket Information, Members £2 and Non Members £5. Pay on the night. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. email@example.com
23 March 2017, Thursday, Bournemouth – RAeS Christchurch Branch Lecture **
The V-Bomber force and the Cold War by David Head. David was educated at private schools in the middle east and then at ‘Tiffins’ Boys School and Cambridge University, before joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) as aircrew. Retired in 1992 as a senior officer with 36 years world-wide flying experience, initially undertaking anti-submarine and Search & Rescue operations with Coastal Command then serving with Bomber Command during the ‘Cold War’ years, flying Vulcan & Victor ‘V’ bombers; being involved in a number of campaigns. In addition to flying duties there were Command & staff officer appointments with NATO as the Nuclear Alerting Officer and at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) with Military Intelligence. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01929 553822.
27 March 2017, Monday, Chichester – Arun & Chichester Enthusiasts Society (Air ACES) Talk
“A Display Pilot’s Story” Wg.Cdr (Ret) by Bill Ramsey. Bill Ramsey, was one of the leading stalwarts of the RAF between 1972 & 2008 and was one of their leading V-Bomber, display, and instructor pilots for nearly 40 years. He is kindly coming from his home near Lincoln to give this amazing talk. Talks 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 email@example.com.
30 March 2017, Thursday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event
An Evening with Simon Taylor. Well-known motoring journalist and commentator Simon Taylor is a good friend of Brooklands and has already assisted the BTM, along with another friend Steve Cropley, in presenting several events for us. What better way to start this new era than an “interviewing the interviewer” event where Steve Cropley will be talking to Simon about those famous names he has interviewed in the past…and some that he didn’t! This is sure to be a fascinating evening and we expect it to sell out quickly. This Classic Talk is held in the Napier Room in the historic clubhouse at Brooklands. Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. 7:30-9:30pm. Ticket Information, Members £8 and Non Members £12. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. firstname.lastname@example.org
30 March 2017, Thursday, Newport IoW – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section **
Land-Based UK Air Defence from the 1940’s to date by John Holloway. From the advanced capability in the early 1940’s, through the remainder of World War II, and cold war years. This presentation will provide a history of UK air Defence, updated to include the current situation and future provision. A brief Isle of Wight Section annual review will precede this lecture. 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.
30 March 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture
“Navigating the Royals – HMS Ark Royal and the Royal Yacht Britannia” by Peter Chapman-Andrews, Director of the Royal Institute of Navigation. Non-members welcome. Talks are held in the FAAM auditorium on the last Thursday of each month at 19.30. The entry price is £7.00. Non-members are welcome. The price includes light refreshments, including a glass of wine. These are very popular events and numbers are limited. Members can buy tickets online or telephone the Museum Shop (01935 842617 or 01935 842616) to order and tickets can be posted out or collected from the Museum. More details and ticket bookings at the SOFFAAM website http://www.fleetairarmfriends.org.uk
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
04 April 2017, Tuesday, Weymouth – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & S.Wilts local network Lecture **
Maintaining The UK Nuclear Submarines Fleet by Emma O’Mara. Tea 18:30 Lecture 19:00-20:30. Weymouth College Fleet Building, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT47LQ. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/183/190/15326
26 April 2017, Wednesday, Larkhill – National Trust Wings over Stonehenge
Walk in the slipstream of the early pioneer military aviators at Larkhill. 10:00-13:00. See where the Bristol Box kite made its first flight in 1910 and where the first British military aeroplane unit was formed in 1911. These walks will cover how aviation developed on Lark Hill from 1909-1914 and how military aviation ‘took off’ around Stonehenge from 1914-1918. These walks aim to recreate the period with contemporary photographs and maps and include viewing the early hangars and crash sites. £8.00 Booking Essential. Email Catherine.Broadbent@nationaltrust.org.uk tel 01980 664780. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/1d89efa1-4fcd-4af8-985e-1d314dcba0f2/pages/details