The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of April 2017 aviation events in the Southwest England area. Please be aware that the Royal Aeronautical Society HQ 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.
02 April 2017, Sunday, Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event
A popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Held on the first Sunday of every month as an informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960. On arrival, 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/
04 April 2017, Tuesday, Bristol – Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Event
At the WISE Conference in 2016 there was a panel discussion to explore how companies could develop and promote their female talent to ensure that they had credible and available female leaders to take on the most senior management and executive roles within the business. This Knowledge Sharing Event builds on this topic to explore those components of the Ten Steps that can influence this final stage of the talent pipeline. The session will be hosted by WISE members and conference sponsors Airbus at their Filton site, near Bristol. Sponsoring Female Talent, achieving Transparency in the Promotion Process and Demonstrating to Women that you want to Retain and Develop them will be on the agenda. 10:30 – 13:00. Airbus, New Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7AT. Free to WISE Members.
04 April 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & S.Wilts Local Network Lecture **
Maintaining The UK Nuclear Submarines Fleet by Emma O’Mara. The UK’s nuclear submarine fleet is a force to be reckoned with the Navy’s 4 strategic submarines not missing a single day on patrol since April 1969. To achieve this the complex engineering of a Nuclear Submarine must be maintained at regular intervals, including deep maintenance and technology upgrades every 10 years. Emma O’Mara has been working for Babcock since 2007, using her experience of the deep maintenance of Vanguard Class submarines and the fast turnaround maintenance periods of the Trafalgar Class she will give a behind the scenes talk of the engineering work undertaken to keep our submarines safe at sea. Emma is a Dockside Manager for Babcock International Group at Devonport Dockyard who maintain the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet. Her role is all about making sure the equipment used to maintain submarines, is safe to use and in place at the right time. Fixing submarines is like a big puzzle and Emma has to make sure all the pieces fit so it can be done safely and efficiently. 18:00 – 20:30. South Wiltshire University Technical College, Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP27EU. Contact Anna Gilbert by email: email@example.com for more information. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/243967.cfm
05 April 2017, Wednesday, Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
‘The Victor’ a talk by Phil Nelson. Phil’s long service flying career involved the Shackleton, Vulcan, Victor and Nimrod. 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.
07 April 2017, Friday, Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
Half a century of military flying – Bernie Scott. Bernie was a Red Arrows pilot from 1978 to 1980 was a test pilot on the Harrier at Dunsfold and latterly the Nimrod MRA4. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: email@example.com.
11 April 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – RAeS Boscombe Down Branch Lecture **
Engineering the A380 by John Roberts ex-Airbus Chief A380 Engineer. John joined Airbus in 1992 where he worked as Chief Systems engineer and subsequently Chief Engineer for the A330/340. In 2001 he moved to Messier-Dowty Ltd, a major supplier of landing gear systems where he worked as Vice President of Engineering. In 2009 John became A380 UK Chief Engineer and he is responsible for the technical activity carried out on A380 wing, landing gear and fuel management system. John is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University. The evening event also includes the Branch AGM. 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 April 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – RAeS Farnborough Branch Lecture **
The BAE 146 Water Bomber Dr Michael West, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft will offer a lecture on the BAE 146 Water Bomber. the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional airliner is getting a new lease of life as a converted water bomber of choice. Based on the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jet, of which some 220 are in service with 50 in long-term storage. Most serve as passenger or freighter aircraft but more are now operating in new niches for the type. Among the more unusual roles for this ‘second life’ are aircraft that are converted and operating as aerial water bombers, or airtankers, to fight the wildfires that are prevalent in North America during the summer season. 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.
11 April 2017, Tuesday, Swindon – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Swindon Lecture **
The Benefits of Drone Technology in the Commercial Sector Craig Lippett, Chairman ARPAS-UK. Drone technology has arrived and with an exponential expansion in use, many commercial sectors are realising how it can add value to their specialisation and make things safer, quicker and more cost effective. This activity ranges from infrastructure inspection on bridges, transmission towers and wind turbines to survey activity in areas such as Environmental and Forestry. The drones are becoming more capable every day, meaning they can fly further and longer and have increasingly sophisticated sensors which deliver a wider range of products. This presentation will outline what is happening now and what the future holds for Drone Technology. 18:30 Light Refreshments, 19:00 Lecture Starts and 20:30 Close. Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN21DY http://www.theiet.org/events/local/242531.cfm
12 April 2017, Wednesday, Farnborough – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Lecture **
I3 – Inspiration, Invention, Innovation, the essential ingredients of product development by EUR ING Prof. Simon Vaitkevicus & Allistair Simpson. 19:00 for 19:30 – 21:00. Fluor Limited, Farnborough, GU14 7BF. Contact: Allistair Simpson Email: email@example.com or Brian McMahon tel 01276 36520. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/event-detail?id=12359
18 April 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation
Cold War RN Pilot – Kim Sharman. This is the story of Naval Aviation in the 1960s, before the advent of vertical takeoff and landing. A period when the Royal Navy last operated fixed wing aircraft carriers with catapults and arrester wires. It vividly illustrates why there are old naval pilots, and bold naval pilots – but not many old and bold ones! Kim is an experienced speaker who is ex-Royal Navy and airline (BOAC & Cathay) pilot member of RAeS. 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.
18 April 2017, Tuesday, Gosport – Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting
“The Nimrod MRA4 Project” by Andrew Collins. Andrew was a member of the Flight Operations Team at British Aerospace/BAE Systems on the Nimrod project until his retirement in 2005 and was well qualified to review the development and ultimate fate of the aircraft in the Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2010. A description of the MRA4’s impressive capabilities, the reasons for its extended gestation period and final cancellation is particularly appropriate in view of the recent decision to order the Boeing P8 as replacement in the vital role of maritime defence. 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker Club. Entry charge of £3.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561. firstname.lastname@example.org
19 April 2017, Wednesday, Weybridge – RAeS Weybridge Branch Lecture **
Branch AGM. 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
24 April 2017, Monday, Bristol – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event
Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize – Paper Presentation Event. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the further professional development of young engineers living and working in the West of England and South Wales, following their graduation. The format of the competition is intended to test the technical, business and communication skills required of an engineer. The selected finalists will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation at the Presentation Evening at the University of Bristol, in front of a panel including engineering directors from the region’s leading Aerospace organisations. Event starts at 6pm for a prompt 6.30 start. The overall winner will receive a £500 first prize, and the three runners-up will each receive £100. Subject to confirmation, the four finalists will have a day visiting the Red Arrows. Queens Building, University of Bristol, Queens Building, University of Bristol University Walk Bristol BS8 1TS. Contact Pauli Markkanen Pauli.Markkanen@Rolls-Royce.com mobile 07879 808707. Rolls-Royce plc United Kingdom https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=12957
24 April 2017, Monday, Chichester – Arun & Chichester Enthusiasts Society (Air ACES) Talk
The RAF’s ISTAR Force: delivering battle-winning knowledge & effect by Wg Cdr J S Belford and Sqn Ldr Steve Knight RAF Waddington. Stu Belford and Steve Knight will deliver a talk discussing the RAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Force. The ISTAR Force is a relatively unknown quantity for any but the most enthusiastic followers of airpower, supporting UK, NATO and coalition operations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 April 2017, Monday, Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture
‘Flying and Displaying Vintage Jet Aircraft’ Rod Dean. Rod makes a welcome return with the fourth of his talks, this time based on his practical flying experience of jet display flying. Following his RAF and Gulf States service he continued on the display circuit until recently. His favourite type, the Hunter, will of course feature together with the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, Canadair T33 and Sabre. As usual Rod’s lively presentation will have been meticulously researched and well-illustrated with many photos from his personal collection. For more information just type Rod’s name in your favourite web browser. 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.
25 April 2017, Tuesday, Yeovil – RAeS FAA Yeovilton Branch Lecture **
Commando Helicopter Force – Merlin Mk3 Exercise Clockwork in Bardufoss Norway. An opportunity to hear about how the climate impacts aviation and the challenges the Operators and Engineers faced during their recent deployment to Norway. 1800 for 1830 start. Nuffield Sports Centre RNAS Yeovilton, BA22 8HT. Lecture Secretary CPO Mike Cooper 01935 455001.
26 April 2017, Wednesday, Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
NASA Juno mission to Jupiter by Dr Emma Bunce (University of Leicester). The Juno mission to Jupiter is NASA’s latest endeavour to explore our outer solar system. Launched from Earth in 2011, Juno’s trip to Jupiter took about five years. Though the journey may seem long, this flight plan allowed the mission to use Earth’s gravity to speed the craft on its way. The spacecraft first looped around the inner solar system and then swung past Earth two years after launch to get a boost that propelled it onward to its destination. In July 2016, Juno successfully fired its main engine and was captured into orbit around the giant planet to begin its scientific mission. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.
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
27 April 2017, Thursday, Bournemouth – RAeS Christchurch Branch Lecture **
Bush Flying by Bryan Pill Mission Aviation Fellowship. Bryan is a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship, an organisation supporting the work of aid and development agencies in remote, deprived and needy areas of the world. Bryan has flown Cessna and floatplanes in Africa and Bangladesh. He helps provide a lifeline for medical care, adequate food, clean water and Christian hope. Bryan will be speaking about his life, work, adventures and experiences. 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 email@example.com or tel 01929 553822.
27 April 2017, Thursday, Weymouth – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex and Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Lecture **
Helicopter Rotor Blades by Simon Stacey. Simon is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is the technical and programme team lead for active rotor studies within the AgustaWestland, and is looking forward to bringing the next generation of rotor technologies to flight demonstration in the near future. This event is jointly hosted by the IMechE and IET. 19:00 – 21:00 Weymouth College, Wessex Room (just off the Reception Area), Fleet Building, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7LQ. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/event-detail?id=13228
27 April 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture
“From Scouse to Grouse: A Fighter Pilot’s Story by Sir Christopher Coville KCB FRAeS FCIPD, Chairman of British Helicopter Association.” This talk which traces his career, flying and Command Appointments, from Liverpool GS boy to the Air Force Board and a knighthood. 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
03 May 2017, Wednesday, Christchurch – Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
Brief AGM followed by a talk on Charles Rolls Speaker: Steve Robson. 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.
09 May 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association
“Hawker Siddeley Trident – blind faith, blind landing” by Max Kingsley-Jones. The speaker will recount the story of one of the UK’s best-loved airliners, the Hawker Siddeley Trident. The Hatfield-built tri-jet promised to revolutionise the short-haul air transport market with its advanced design, low operating costs and sophisticated auto-flight systems. But despite achieving some world-beating technical firsts, short-sighted strategic thinking and political wrangling prevented the Trident from achieving its true potential. 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/
18 May 2017, Thursday, Portsmouth – TeenTech Solent 2017
TeenTech Solent will run for the third year on May 18th 2017. Lead sponsors Highbury College have already confirmed they will be supporting us again, so let us know if you want to be part of this inspiring day by emailing email@example.com. TeenTech™ is a lively initiative co-founded by broadcaster Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson OBE, which aims to change perceptions of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers amongst teenagers and their teachers, and act as a catalyst to encourage business to engage with young people. The events inspire young people to develop their own projects with the support of TeenTech mentors throughout the year and develop on-going relationships between schools and local businesses. Companies were so keen to run activities and challenges last time that there was a waiting list. 09:15-12:25. Portsmouth Guildhall. Regional sponsors include BAE Maritime Services, Wartsila UK, Pfizer and Portsmouth Water. http://www.teentech.com/teentech-events/regions/solent/