The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of May 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.
03 May 2017, Wednesday, Christchurch – Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
Brief AGM followed by a talk on Sir Frank Whittle – father of the jet engine. Speaker Steve Robson. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the High Street, Christchurch. 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
03 May 2017, Wednesday, Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
‘Two mysterious Air France crashes at Bahrain in 1950’ a talk by Kevin Patience. Air France suffered the crash of two Douglas DC-4s within a few miles of each other in June 1950. The two aircraft were operating the same route from Saigon to Paris both had stopped at Karachi Airport and crashed on approach to Bahrain. A total of 86 passengers and crew were killed. 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.
07 May 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/
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/
10 May 2017, Wednesday, Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
Euclid: a space mission to map the dark Universe Dr Dida Markovic (University of Portsmouth). The Euclid space telescope, with a planned launch in late 2020, will use its two instruments to observe the optical and infra-red light across nearly half the sky. It will image and measure the redshifts of millions of distant galaxies in order to catalogue them, their properties and their spatial distribution. From the apparent distortion of galaxy shapes we will measure the gravitational lensing caused by dark matter mass bending the space through which light travels. By looking at the tendency of galaxies to cluster, we will search for the remnants of giant acoustic bubbles from the early universe. Using them as a ‘standard ruler’, we will study the history of expanding space and therefore the history of cosmic gravity. With these two nearly independent measures of the topography of our space-time, we will attempt to unveil the nature of gravity, dark matter and dark energy. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.
11 May 2017, Thursday, Reading – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Thames & Chiltern local network Lecture **
Remotely Piloted Air Systems in the maritime environment by Lt. Commander Jerome Pethrick, Air Engineer Officer, Royal Navy. Naval warfare is a matter of finding the enemy before they find you. If you know where they are whilst they are still trying to find you, then this confers an enormous advantage. With the ability to field increasingly more capable Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) from surface ships, the capabilities of a single ship is multiplied. However, these ships were never designed to operate such RPAS aircraft. This presentation will look at RPAS in the maritime environment, the challenges associated with producing operational clearances, the safety implications and the aerodynamic challenges associated with operating an RPAS to, from and around a warship at sea. The lecture will draw on recent UK experience with medium sized RPAS operating from Frigate sized ships. 19:00: Refreshments, 19:30: Start 21:00: End. Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5RQhttp://www.theiet.org/events/local/247218.cfm
11 May 2017, Thursday, Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Special Event
Dinner and Lecture Night with Sir Tim McClement. Please join us for a very special evening in support of the Museum’s development programme, Project Eagle. This black tie event will start with a drinks reception before being followed by a delicious, locally sourced three course dinner created by local caterers McCrimmon & Reid. You will be eating in the Hayward Hall where you are surrounded by the World War Two gliders and historic aircraft. Dinner will be followed by a highly acclaimed talk from our guest of honour Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Tickets are £80 for a single or £150 for a double and can be purchased online via the form below or by contacting Joe Faretra on 01264 784428. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. http://www.armyflying.com/events/
12 May 2017, Friday, Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
‘Fleet Air Arm Sea Vixen pilot’ by Kim Sharman. Kim joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 flying Sea Vixen serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle. He is a Member of the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 May 2017, Saturday, Salisbury – Aerobilia
Sale of Aviation and militaria items (aircraft parts, instruments, kits, models, books, uniforms you name it). Stalls holder access from 06:30 and Earlybirds access from 08:00. The public allowed access from 10:00am at our normal entry prices. Earlybird tickets are available in advance and on the day and cost £10 including entrance to the museum. Booking forms and details available from Hugh Sillett Aerobilia Tel: 01980 863062. If you would like to be kept informed, have any questions or need any more information please contact us Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (Aerobilia), Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636
16 May 2017, Tuesday, Gosport – Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting
“Flying and Displaying Vintage Jets” Rod Dean. Following Rod’s RAF and Gulf States service he continued on the display circuit until recently. His favourite type, the Hunter, will feature together with the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, Canadair T33 and Sabre. 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. 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. email@example.com
17 May 2017, Wednesday, Southampton – RAeS Solent Branch Lecture **
From Massey Ferguson to Concorde. It will be given by Capt John White (known as Noj) and will be a fascinating romp through his career, starting as the son of a farmer, flying training as a BOAC cadet at Hamble and then to VC10s, B747 (both Classic and 400 series) and Concorde. I’m sure that given the variation in his flying career the talk will include many interesting anecdotes and experiences. More details will appear soon on the Solent Branch website. Have a look at the Solent Sky Museum free of charge before the AGM and lecture start. Doors open at 6.30pm and the AGM and Lecture starts at 7.00pm. Solent Sky 7 Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3FR. http://www.solent-raes.org.uk
17 May 2017, Wednesday, Bristol – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event **
Pint of Science Bristol 2017: Tech me Out Series- 3D printing Tickets: Thickets will be on sale on the Pint of Science website starting on the 3rd of April. Confirmed speakers: Rob Sharman (Global Head of Additive Manufacturing at GKN), Jonathan Meyer (Head of Additive Manufacturing at Airbus Group Innovations); Bruce Drinkwater (Professor of Ultrasonics at the University of Bristol) 19:00 – 21:00. The Greenbank Pub, 57 Bellevue Road Easton BS5 6DP https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=13301
17 May 2017, Wednesday, Yeovil – RAeS Yeovil Branch Lecture **
Hitachi Trains. The UK government selected Hitachi’s “Bi-mode” technology as a cost effective solution for reducing expenditures needed for implementing the Intercity Express Programme, the largest PPP railway project in the history of the UK railway market. As part of the UK Government’s Intercity Express Programme, the Class 800 units are to be partial replacements for the aging InterCity 125 trains which currently operate services on the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. The Class 800 units will be electro-diesel multiple units, able to draw power from electrified overhead lines where available and power themselves via underfloor diesel generators outside the electrified network. 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
17 May 2017, Wednesday, Farnborough – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Visit **
A tour of the maintenance facility at TAG Farnborough. Stuart Locke and his team will be our guides. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, TAG Aviation is a provider of business aviation services, aircraft management, aircraft charter, maintenance, sales and acquisitions. TAG Farnborough Airport Ltd. is a subsidiary of TAG Aviation which owns the freehold on Farnborough Airport. The freehold was bought from the UK MOD Ministry of Defence in 2007 following the previous 99 lease agreement signed in 1999. There will be no networking beforehand. Places limited. Please ensure you have arrived by 19:00 hrs Engineering at TAG. 19:00 – 21:00. Farnborough Airport – TAG, Elles Rd, Farnborough GU14 6XA. Contact John Hammersley 01483 776093. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/Farnborough—Guildford-Area/event-detail?id=12360
18 May 2017, Thursday, Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Event
‘Dambuster M-Mother’ the story of Lancaster pilot Flt Lt John ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood, second in command to Guy Gibson, who died just 21yrs of age at the Mohne Dam on 17th May 1943. The lecture, by his niece Jenny Elmes, will tell how Guy evolved from a sensitive peace-loving child, to a dauntless Dambuster who kept his burning AJ Lanc flying against all odds, allowing two of his crew to escape with their lives. Jenny will also mention his other 48 bombing raids. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tickets £10. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. Our Apache Café team will be serving A curry supper is available from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered) which costs £7.50 per head. http://www.armyflying.com/events/
21 May 2017, Sunday, Sopley (nr Bransgore) – Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day
FONFA opens its refurbished building which has a wealth of pictures and artefacts commemorating the aviation operations, aircraft and people 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. Visitors can become FONFA members for their entry fee of £5 for a year which 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 special opportunity is to see the Merlin 24 aero engine on show before the Spitfire day during the week for visits by school parties or other interested groups (minimum 12 persons) by prior arrangement by email to email@example.com to book a visit during Monday22nd to Friday 26th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
21 May 2017, Sunday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event
We head back to the Second World War in the company of Brooklands Member Helen Mills who will be reminiscing about her time as an RAF plotter. She will be joined by Alison Hill, poet and author of Sisters in Spitfires (Indigo Dreams, 2015) who will be reading from the collection and talking about female aviators during the war. Alison memorably visited us last year with readings in the Belman Hangar. Melody Foreman will also be reading from her new biography of ATA pilot Mary Wilkins Ellis, A Spitfire Girl: One of the World’s Greatest Female Ferry Pilots Tells Her Story (Pen and Sword, 2016). This is a lunchtime event taking place in the Brooklands Clubhouse and a two course lunch will be included in the price. Time 12:30p.m. – 3:00p.m. Members £25 Non Members £28. Price includes two course lunch. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. email@example.com.
22 May 2017, Monday, Chichester – Arun & Chichester Enthusiasts Society (Air ACES) Talk
‘’Bull’ Halahan and the fighter tactics he pioneered’ by Philip MacDougall. A 1hr talk, followed by a short AGM – FREE coffees & biscuits available 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.
22 May 2017, Tuesday, Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation
Developments in Martin-Baker Ejection Seats – Philip Rowles. 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 May 2017, Tuesday, Farnborough – RAeS Farnborough Branch Lecture **
The Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint programme by Wg Cdr Jerry Crosby, RAF (retd) former Officer Commanding 51 Squadron. The Royal Air Force purchased three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, converted from KC-135R Stratotanker airframes to RC-135W standard at the L3 Communications facility in Greenville, Texas. The RC-135W Rivet Joint is equipped with a variety of sensors, allowing its multi- disciplined crew to intercept and exploit emissions across the electromagnetic spectrum, providing both strategic and tactical level intelligence. 19:00 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email email@example.com or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.
24 May 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
25 May 2017, Thursday, Weymouth – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & S.Wilts local network Lecture **
Cyber Crime and Prevention presented by Dr Christopher Richardson, Bournemouth University. Are you at risk from cyber criminals? Dr Christopher Richardson of Bournemouth University will discuss the subject of cyber-crime and ways in which we can protect ourselves and our businesses. This event is jointly hosted by the IMechE and IET. 18:30 Tea & refreshments, 19:00 Talk starts, 20:00 Q&A and 20:30 Close. Weymouth College, Wessex Room (just off the Reception Area), Fleet Building, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7LQ. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/245325.cfm
25 May 2017, Thursday, Newport – RAeS IoW Branch Lecture **
High altitude long-endurance UAVs – world leading UK technology by Paul Brooks. Founder of the World leading Zephyr solar powered high altitude UAV, Paul has 25 years’ experience in UAV and satellite design and operations. His early career was in the development and operation of remote sensing and communications satellites, culminating in the design and successful demonstration of the World’s first high resolution, small satellite – TopSat. With the designer of Zephyr, Chris Kelleher, Paul then set up a dedicated incubator business within QinetiQ to develop this ground breaking UAV, leading to the 14day flight of Zephyr 7 in 2010, which remains the longest duration flight of any UAV. Following a successful return to satellites as Director of Earth Observation and Science at Surrey Satellites, Paul managed the transfer of Zephyr to Airbus in 2013, where he continues to support the Zephyr pseudo-satellite program. 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.
25 May 2017, Thursday, Yeovil – Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture
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
28 May 2017, Sunday, Sopley (nr Bransgore) – Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Spitfire Day
A special open day to celebrate this iconic fighter aircraft. A Merlin 24 engine will be on display along with many other exhibits and Spitfire items. The event starts at 10am. What will it cost? FONFA asks for a donation of £5 and for 10 –16 year olds it is £2. See the Facebook page or the website at <https://fonfasite.wordpress.com> or details via email at <email@example.com>
30 May 2017, Tuesday, Yeovil – RAeS FAA Yeovilton Branch Lecture **
Defence Accident Investigation Branch – Service Inquiry: Puma HC Mk2 XW229 Accident 11 Oct 15. A Service Inquiry was been carried out on an accident involving a Puma HC MK 2 (XW229) at Headquarters Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan. The final report was been published to inform the military Chain of Command and the public of the findings of the inquiry and its recommendations to improve defence safety. This was a tragic and avoidable accident, where a few seconds loss of focus on a well-known hazard had catastrophic consequences. 1800 for 1830 start. Nuffield Sports Centre RNAS Yeovilton, BA22 8HT. Lecture Secretary CPO Mike Cooper 01935 455001.
31 May 2017, Wednesday, Oxford – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Thameswey Region Event **
Thameswey Region Speak Out For Engineering Competition 2017. Have you worked on an engineering project you are proud of? Have you solved a difficult problem using your skills? Do you want to inspire others to consider a career in engineering? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should enter Speak Out For Engineering 2017. This is a competition aimed at allowing engineers to share inspiring stories of engineering success. Entrants will make a 15 minute presentation on an engineering topic or project they have worked on. The competition is all about engagement with the audience and public speaking ability and these will be the main consideration of the judging panel when awarding prizes. A panel of senior industry and academic professionals will be judging the event and awarding cash prizes for first, second and third place. To enter, please register for the event and you will receive an entrants pack with details of the rules and a full entry form. If you have further questions regarding the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 16:00 – 21:00. Room FH101 (Fuller Lecture Theatre), Fuller Building Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/event-detail?id=13154
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
13-15 June 2017, Tuesday-Thursday, Southampton – Seawork 2017
Seawork International is the largest international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European port. It takes place over three days, every year, in Southampton, UK. Attracting more than 7,600 high calibre visitors from over 70 countries across the globe, Seawork is where buyers, sellers, innovators and legislators come together for three invaluable days at one incomparable location. http://www.seawork.com.
26 June – 02 July 2017, Monday-Sunday, Salisbury – The Chalke Valley History Festival 2017
CVHF began in 2011 on a small scale and as a fundraiser for the local cricket club. We are very excited to announce that we shall be moving sites in 2017, from Ebbesbourne Wake to Church Bottom in Broad Chalke. The air displays throughout the weekend are one of the features of the Festival and this year our line-up will include some of the most beautiful and iconic aircraft from the Second World War. We are delighted that Battle of Britain veteran Hurricane R4118 and the P-51D Mustang ‘Tall in the Saddle’ are confirmed, as is Britain’s only flying Lancaster. https://cvhf.org.uk/programme-details/airshow/
29 June – 02 July 2017, Thursday-Sunday, Chichester – Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed. The largest event of its kind in the world, the Festival gathers together the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars. https://www.goodwood.com/flagship-events/festival-of-speed/