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Army Aviation Museum closed till March
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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
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Friends of the New Forest Airfields

Museum Openings  

2019 Open Days here

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FONFA is a charity established by aviation enthusiasts, veterans, authors and historians in the New Forest. FONFA museum is in a former RAF Sopley building. Derrit Lane, Sopley BH23 8AU. Turn first left as you enter the new housing estate

East Boldre Book

East Boldre This book tells the story of the pioneering flights from 1910 to 1920.

Monday 11th February Andover - Andover Strut Meeting

The Andover Strut meets on the 2nd Monday in the month at Popham Airfield (EGHP). Visitors welcome.   We normally gather at around 19:30 for a 20:00 start. Tea, coffee and  biscuits  available throughout the evening. http://www.andoverstrut.org.uk


Wednesday 13th February Bristol – CHAIN Bristol

CHAIN:Bristol is a free event for Young Engineers taking place at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bristol on the 9th February 2019. Get the inside track on your early career in engineering from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chartered Quality Institute, the Royal Aeronautical Society and many more. This is the only place where you’ll hear so many engineering organisations speaking for young engineers. Here you can learn more about the many disciplines that make up engineering and the organisations that champion it in your local area. Get ahead of the competition by engaging with an engineering institution and enhance your career and CV by getting involved. Lunch is provided. This event is completely free. Sign up here:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chainbristol-tickets-53471104513. Facebook  Event, Twitter: ATCHAIN_SW, CHAIN  Website. Speaker(s) We have confirmed speakers from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chartered Quality Institute, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Institute of Measurement & Control, and the Chief Engineer of the Royal Air Force. UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8QZ.


Wednesday 13th February Stockbridge - Museum of Army Flying Event

RAF Middle Wallop – pre-the Army Air Corps. Join us at Stockbridge Town Hall where author, broadcaster and aviator Paul Beaver  gives a talk about RAF Middle Wallop – pre-the Army Air Corps. During the Museum's closure we will have an outreach series of lectures taking place at Stockbridge Town Hall one Wednesday of each month from November 2018 to March 2019. Space  at the Town Hall is more limited than the Museum so be sure to book in advance £10 to avoid disappointment. Finding Stockbridge Town Hall,  High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE. http://www.armyflying.com/events/


Wednesday 13th February Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Big computers and little galaxies  by David John Williamson. What exactly does a “supercomputer” look like these days? How do astronomers use them, and what kind of results do they get? Using results from dwarf galaxies simulations performed at Southampton University, David will answer these questions and explain what they tell us about these vulnerable little galaxies, and the local universe in general.   4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium  in Winchester, Telegraph Way,  Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ. http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/visitor-information/whats-on/space-lectures/


Wednesday 13th February Guildford - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Lecture ****

AGM and Lecture TBA. Meet from 19:00 with the lecture starting at 19:30. Please note that the AGM of the F&G Area will take place from 19:15 to 19:30. This is a free lecture which is open to everybody. BAE Systems - The Park Centre - Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Tim Gillman mob 0785 1229081


Wednesday 13th February Portsmouth - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture ****

21st Century technology to control 40-year-old trains; what could go wrong? Neil Drury, Engineering Director, South Western Trains.   Lecture by Neil Drury explaining the engineering challenge to modify legacy rolling stock for a new era. Careers fayre at 16.00, lecture commence 17.30. After the lecture there will be further chance for networking over complementary pizza and beer (and other soft drinks). The actual location of the hall we are using will be announced later. Portland Building, University of Portsmouth. St James Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=15409


Thursday 14th February Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Steve Parrish's Motorcycle Legends: Shane "Shakey" Byrne. "Shakey" Byrne has won six British Superbike Championships, the only person to win that many. He has also competed in Moto GP and the World Superbike Championship. In May 2018 he suffered a serious crash in practice at Snetterton resulting in multiple fractures to his upper body from which he is still recovering. No doubt he will be talking about that and his highly successful motor cycling career in this conversation with the inimitable Steve Parrish. Doors open 6pm - Hot food and Members Bar. Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site outside the Paddock - enter via the Brooklands Road gate (marked JTI). Time 7:30p.m. - 9:30p.m. Members £8, Non-Members £15. To order tickets please ring 01932 857381 ext 226 or book online at the link below.


Saturday 16th February Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Across Africa and Beyond: The 1988 London-Sydney Vintage Rally. Paul Davies and James Wheildon had been campaigning vintage Talbot 90’s in various events from VSCC racing to a prestigious entry in the 1984 Mille Miglia. In considering how to follow on from that event they couldn’t resist entering the gruelling 1988 London to Sydney Vintage Car Endurance Trial. The pair bought a wreck of a 1930 open tourer Talbot and spent 27 months building it for the event. Organised as part of Australia’s bicentennial year celebrations, their route took them 10,000 miles overland across some of the worst terrain in the world in a 58-year-old car  without back up vehicles or support network. Daunting and dangerous does not even come close! They won the event arriving in just 84 days and before the event organisers had managed to arrange the welcoming (not expecting any entrant to arrive that soon) by a route that seemed impossible. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.   A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm.   Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members.   For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on  01590 614792 or email theresa.browningATbeaulieu.co.uk.


Monday 18th February Swindon - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event ****

Digital Railway - ETCS fitment Martin Bradbury of Siemens Rail Automation presents on the challenges and benefits for UK of onboard ETCS fitment to railway vehicles. Martin Bradbury of Siemens Rail Automation presents on the challenges and benefits for the UK of onboard ETCS fitment to railway vehicles. The ETCS provides the signalling and control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). It replaces legacy train protection systems and is designed to provide a single harmonised approach as compared to the many incompatible safety systems currently used by European railways. Joint lecture with IET. 17:00 - 19:00.   STEAM Museum – Swindon, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2TA. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=15405


Tuesday 19th February Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Spitfire People by Paul Beaver. Paul, a noted historian and writer presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire. 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.


Tuesday 19th February Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Templar Lecture ****

Templar Lecture - The UK Space Industry in 2019 by Robert Goddard, Engineering Director SSTL. 19:00 - 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email pigramikATbp.com or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.


Thursday 21st February Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture ****

Active rotor blade by Simon Stacey Leonardo Helicopters.   Leonardo Helicopters, Lysander Road, Yeovil BA20 2YB. 18:00 – Refreshments, 18:30 - Lecture Starts, 19:45 - Approx Finish.   Leonardo MW Limited, Dallas Conference Room 1A, Leonardo Helicopters, Yeovil BA20 2YB Entrance via Lysander Road. RAeS & AWASA Members FREE, Non-Members £2. RAeS Yeovil Branch Committee – raesyeovil.mbxATleonardocompany.com or david.mccallumATleonardocompany.com and Michael.WinderATleonardocompany.com.


Thursday 21st February Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

The Battle of Britain and Operation Sealion. A different perspective on our “Finest Hour”, the Battle of Britain. Whilst the courage, skill and sacrifice of the pilots of Fighter Command is unquestionable, were German forces in fact capable of achieving a successful seaborne invasion of Britain in 1940? Has the contribution of both the Royal Navy and Britain’s land forces (as portrayed by Dad’s Army) in preventing an invasion been underestimated by popular history? And to what lengths was the British Government prepared to go in the event on an invasion being attempted?   Harry Sherrard returns to shed some light on German capabilities and British defensive measures in 1940. Doors 6pm for hot food and Members' Bar (open to all). Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site, entry via the Brooklands Road Gate (marked JTI) and park outside of The Paddock. Members £2, Non-Members £7. Payment on the night. To reserve your place please email talksATbrooklandsmembers.co.uk or phone 07880 670359.


Monday 25th February Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

Operation Mali and other stories from RAF Odiham by Sqdn Ldr Matt Holloway Matt Holloway, will outline the reasons as to why ‘Operation Mali’ was so important to the UK, by reducing terrorism threats. It supported French counter-terrorism operations in this West African country.   The Chinook deployment demonstrated the UK’s commitment to help the Sahel region, in providing lifesaving humanitarian support, which created a bigger diplomatic network.   Previously extremists were using ungoverned space in the Sahel, to plan & launch attacks on Europe, as well as countering the illegal trade in people, drugs, & weapons.   There will also be more stories about 18 & 27 (Chinook) Squadrons, operating from RAF Odiham.   All welcome. 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 infoATairaces.org.uk.


Monday 25th February Swindon - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event ****

Present Around the World Competition Through the PATW competition, the IET offers an opportunity for up to 8 Young Professionals, Apprentices and Students aged between 18 and 30 to present to a small audience on a topic of their choice. The aim is to support participants’ professional development, providing the opportunity to showcase and improve presentation and communication skills. The audience will get the opportunity to listen to some exciting engineering presentations by young talent, ask questions and engage in discussions with next generation presenters. Furthermore, over light refreshments the audience will get the opportunity to interact and network with aspiring engineers, supporting their development. 18:00 Light Refreshments, 18:30 Competition Starts, 21:00 Close.   Zimmer Biomet, Murdock Road, Dorcan, Swindon, SN35HY. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/257928.cfm


Monday 25th February Bath - IMarEST & RINA Western Joint Branch Lecture ****

The next generation MCM platform by BMT. Preceded by Branch Annual General Meeting. 19:30 Refreshments from 19:00. Building 5-West, Lecture Theatre 2.3 (Pharmacy Building), University of Bath, BA2 7AY (Access via Quarry Road). https://www.rina.org.uk/Branch_Programme_Western_Joint_Branch.html


Tuesday 26th February Bath - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event ****

Artificial Intelligence. 18:30-21:00. University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA27AY. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/257124.cfm


Tuesday 26th February Farnborough - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

"Chinook Helicopter" Speaker from RAF Odiham. 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. Fluor Ltd have kindly made their Multi-storey car park available for attendees at the FAST talk to use. http://www.airsciences.org.uk/


Wednesday 27th February Portsmouth - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network Lecture ****

Invisibility Cloak via Multiscale Manipulation of Electromagnetic Waves. Professor Yang Hao, FIEEE, CEng, FIET, Dean for Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queen Mary University of London. This talk presents a review of some current work conducted at Queen Mary University of London, related to metamaterials and invisibility cloaks. I will start with the introduction of Transformation Optics, a new paradigm for EM design, providing equivalent material properties through a well-chosen change of coordinates, to achieve unprecedented wave manipulation. This is essential for the development of conformal antennas or flat optical lenses. 10:00 - Arrivals & Refreshments, 10:30 - Lecture Start, 12:00 - Lecture Finish.   The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP.   http://www.theiet.org/events/local/258410.cfm


Wednesday 27th February Weybridge - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture ****

Surrey’s small satellite revolution by Mark Ferris. 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. kenmodaviesATaol.com


Thursday 28th February Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA). 7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. 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 rogerstarling593ATbtinternet.com or rogerstarlingATme.com tel 01929 553822.


Thursday 28th February Fareham - Royal Institute of Navigation - Solent Branch Evening Talk

The Challenges of Navigating Flying Taxis” by Paul Rigby. Urban Air Mobility promises huge benefits but flying robots need to seamlessly integrate with airliners and helicopters. Big data and AI can be used to take a dynamic, real-time, performance-based shift to the way we currently regulate air traffic. Paul advises government on how to exploit UAS for the benefit of UK PLC and leads Consortiq, an innovative global technology company that developed CQNet, a platform to manage autonomous flights. Guests are welcome.   1800 for 1830  hrs. Held at "The Bridge" conference centre at Fareham Innovation Centre. Free car park. Refreshments will be available from 1800 hrs.   Contact Graham Purchase, email solsecATrin.org.uk tel +44 (0)20 7591 3134Book on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-talk-the-challenges-of-navigating-flying-taxis-tickets-53852742001?


Thursday 28th February Reading - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Thames & Chiltern Berkshire local network Lecture ****

Leading and Developing Successful Teams. Our Lifeskills events are 3-hour workshops which are designed to provide a brief introduction to key topics relevant to working life.   Managing a team of people can be a difficult task. You may have many different personalities who place different constraints on your time and sometimes this may cause conflict. Getting your team to work together to perform, requires a manager who is adaptable in their approach and indeed in how they motivate their staff. This interactive workshop, aims to provide basic hints and tips to address some of these key issues using Bruce Tuckman’s Forming, Storming Norming, Performing model. 18:00 Refreshments, 18:30 Start, 20:30 End. University of Reading, Whiteknights, Shinfield Road, Reading, West Berkshire, RG6 6UR. Contact kevin.lewisATbt.com for more information.


Thursday 28th February Yeovil - Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture

The Bombing of Sherborne – 30 September 1940” Mr Chris Shores. Lectures are held in the FAAM auditorium on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December) at 19.30. SoFFAAM Fleet Air Arm Museum, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Ilchester BA22 8HT. The entry price is £7.00. (unless otherwise stated). 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 www.fleetairarmfriends.org.uk




Monday 4th March Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture ****

The future’s bright – the future is autonomous by Dr Alvin Wilby Vice President for Research, Technical & Innovation, of Thales UK. Thales is a World leading international company in the aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security sectors. The autonomous revolution is being empowered by many technologies and becoming a reality through the efforts of visionaries in companies from the smallest to the largest. Thales is at the centre of those technologies and Dr Wilby will present how the vision of his team and the technologies they are developing are driving our future in all domains, including aerospace. 18:00 - Drinks reception. 19:00 - Lecture starts. Turner Sims Concert Hall, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Advance registration is required at: mitchell2019.eventbrite.co.uk, or by emailing: solentATaerosociety .com. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email secretaryATsolent-raes.org.uk or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solentATaerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk


Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th March Southampton - Underwater Defence & Security

Underwater Defence & Security 2019 will be a 3-day event where it will have a focus day running three conferences simultaneously and a two-day main conference & exhibition. NATO members & NATO friendly nations will continue to build on previous events topics to discuss how to respond to threats faced and to what extent manned, unmanned and autonomous systems can be used effectively for dull, dirty and dangerous roles. The Ageas Bowl Stadium, Botley Road, Southampton, SO30 3XH. http://www.underwater-defence-security.com.


Wednesday 6th March Christchurch - Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
Battle of the Atlantic, Speaker: Henry Goodall. This presentation traces Britain’s vulnerability to the deployment of Germany’s Admiral Doenitz’ U–Boats and the counter measures forced on the Allies to defend the shipping lanes, to keep the supplies coming to Britain from the USA and elsewhere, during WWII. The U–boats, the convoy system, the escort vessels, the aircraft, the losses and the cost of the campaign that was the longest in WWII, lasting six years, are all described, together with the eventual victory, won by a variety of different means, on land, sea and in the air. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the High Street, Christchurch.   Programme Secretary, Robert Wilson, Tel: 01425 271202 or email progsecATchristchurchavsoc.co.uk


Monday 11th March Reading – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

Logistics - Life after JIT by John Woolford. John an experienced, successful  interim supply chain manager, and will give a presentation about the implementation of Just in Time Logistics in the Manufacturing World of Automotive Manufacturing, but more importantly, what happens next.   He will look at what wider Industry and Businesses can learn from the Car Industry, but also what the car industry learns from other sectors.   Of course, the greater challenge is not just identifying 'The Learnings', but how we apply and share them.   This is John's forte, having turned around complex areas for logistic enterprises as diverse as Honda UK, NYK Logistics (Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd), Kheune & Nagel, Wincanton Defence, Apetito Services (meals on wheels), Essentra Component and Bidvest Foodservice. 18:00 - 20:00, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 1QH. Meeting Point: Soane Space. As is customary, the group will continue informal discussions in an adjacent pub from 20:00 hours. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £10.00. Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.   Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membershipATciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: TVG0373


Southampton Model Aeroplane Club