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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 A new book tells the story of the pioneering flights here and at the WW1

RFC/RAF Beaulieu

Training Station from 1910 to 1920.

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Sunday 3rd December Salisbury - Old Sarum Airfield 'Vintage Sunday' 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. Arrivals from 10am. Free landings at Old Sarum for all aircraft registered before 1960.

- Reduced entry (£5) to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for pilots of pre-1960 aircraft and drivers/riders of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes. 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 the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection can be found on Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Boscombe-Down-Aviation-Collection-330939183658923/  or at  www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk


Tuesday 5th December Eastleigh Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

"Unlucky 13 - the crash of B17G-20-VE ‘Paper Dollie’ #42-97622" by Carl Graham. On the 23rd June 1944 Boeing Flying Fortress ‘Paper Dollie’ was part of a Lead Group of B17 bombers attacking airfields in France in support of allied forces soon after D-Day. On the return flight the aircraft crashed at Dundridge with the loss of the pilot and rear gunner. Carl has made a study of the operation and particularly the background of the aircrew involved. This interesting and very local presentation follows Carl’s detailed research and recent contact with families of the crew members. Although a tribute to one aircraft and crew it is an example representing all the US Eighth Air Force bomber aircrews operating over Europe in WW2. 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 www.bwavg.co.uk.


Tuesday 5th December Salisbury - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Reaction Engines by Gerrie Mullen. SABRE - Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine. Pioneering a new class of Propulsion. Goal is to deliver a truly versatile propulsion system - a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine that can power an aircraft from a standing start to over five times the speed of sound for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere, and over 25 times the speed of sound for space access. With its wide range of operation and scalability, the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) represents a defining moment in powered flight. 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 secretaryATBosombeDownRAES.org


Tuesday 5th December Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

Robert Greg III, Boeing Aircraft Company will give a lecture on aerodynamics to the RAeS Farnborough Branch. 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.


Wednesday 6th December Guildford - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) SE:Surrey local network Lecture ****

Living amongst drones: How bio-inspired flying robots can help us re-imagine the cities of the future by Dr. Mirko Kovac. Future smart cities may mean humans, nature and robots existing and working together: swarms of friendly flying robots could move autonomously alongside humans, helping to do things like constructing and repairing buildings, carrying objects and monitoring the environment. Some of the most exciting prospects for these future robots draw their inspiration from energy-efficient, flexible strategies seen in nature that can adapt and thrive in complex, changing environments.   Our Christmas lecture is especially aimed at young people, to give them an insight into what engineering is and what could be achieved. Dr. Mirko Kovac, of Imperial College, will take us on exciting journey toward a future smart city, showing the newest bio-inspired flying robots that have been developed at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory by studying natural systems. Their flexibility will liberate architectural expressiveness, improve urban design and offer new ways to provide the core services that keep cities running. 18:00 Refreshments. 18.30 Lecture starts.   Main lecture theatre, Rik Medlik Building University of Surrey, Business School of Management, Guildford, Surrey, GU27XH. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/251206.cfm


Wednesday 6th December Salisbury - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & S.Wilts local network Lecture ****

Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture 2017 Aurora in search of the Northern Lights by Dr Melanie Windridge. Do we really understand the northern lights?   Tour operators will have us believe that we do, but there are still mysteries hidden behind the dancing curtains of light.   Interweaving the science with a background of their history, folklore and changing landscape, Aurora brings together space, place and science in magnificent style. In a journey that takes her through Scandinavia, Canada and Svalbard, culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse, Dr Melanie Windridge delves into the Northern Lights.   This beautiful and inspiring lecture will describe our connection to the Sun, the scientific processes behind the polar lights, and some of the unwanted technological effects of Space Weather – with beautiful images and adventure stories.   Speaker Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer....with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in plasma physics (fusion energy) from Imperial College London and is currently Communications Consultant for fusion start up Tokamak Energy. 18:30 Arrival and Refreshments, 19.00 Lecture, 20:00 (approx) Canapé Reception, 21.30 Depart Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP13UT, This is a joint event with the Salisbury branch of the IMechE.   After the lecture there will be a canapé  reception where members and their guest and friends will be able to meet and talk with the speaker.    There will be a £10 charge to cover the cost of the reception. Contact John Savage johnATquavey.co.uk for more information. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/249468.cfm


Wednesday 6th December Swindon – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Swindon Branch Lecture ****

Never Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Angel can Fly by Sqn Ldr (ret’d) Derek J Sharpe. 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). Young persons aged 16-18 are entitled to attend branch lectures free of charge. They must be accompanied by an adult who will also be entitled to attend free of charge. The base will deny access if compliance is not adhered to. Advise attendance preferably via e-mail raeswindonATgmail.com or branch secretary Tel: 07740 136609.


Wednesday 6th December Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

'Hamble Seaplanes' a talk by Ian Underdown. 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 philccbwAThotmail.co.uk.


Thursday 7th December Reading - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Thames & Chiltern Berkshire local network Lecture ****

Lithium Ion Battery Technology - Past, Present and Future by Matthew Roberts from the University of Oxford. Matthew will be talking about battery technology. The Lithium ion battery powered the portable electronics revolution with smart phones and laptops enabled by this technology. Today as the world moves towards a sustainable future these technologies are finding more applications than ever particularly in the automotive market. In this talk the underlying principles of this technology will be introduced and a historical perspective of this field will be given. This will be followed by an in depth look at the battery of today focusing on how to maximise power and energy densities while maintaining a safe technology. Finally a perspective on upcoming future technologies will be given which hope to continue to improve the landscape of energy storage. Programme; 18:00 Refreshments, 18:30 Start, 20:30 End. Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5RQ. Contact edATedpinkney.co.uk for more information.


Thursday 7th December Salisbury - Museum of Army Flying Event

Flying the 'sports car' of the helicopter world in the withdrawal from Aden and South Arabia 1966/67 Flying the 'sports car' of the helicopter world in the withdrawal from Aden and South Arabia 1966/67 is the fourth and final AAC 60th anniversary talk at the Museum of Army Flying.   Given by Major Gen (retd) Robin Grist the lecture focuses on  the organisation of the AAC in 1966 and operations in Aden and South Arabia 1966/67 under Greville Edgecombe.

During the operation, which was after  Radfan Campaign, a then 25-26-year-old Robin was Second in Command of 8 Flight AAC as Lieutenant.   A curry supper is available from the Apache Cafe team from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered). 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.   £10 lecture, £7.50 supper.   Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. http://www.armyflying.com/events/


Thursday 7th December Bristol - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Bristol Lecture ****

Bristol Christmas Family Lecture - Airfix: Scaling Down Reality by Simon Owen, Lead Researcher at Airfix.   This year's Christmas Family Lecture is about an iconic toy: the Airfix kit. What is the history of Airfix? How did it rise to become Britain’s most prolific toy manufacturer, and how does it survive today in a vastly different toy market? How does the company use the latest cutting edge methods to research and produce the current generation of market leading model aircraft? And what models are coming in the future, for Santa Claus to put under your tree next year? Free festive refreshments from 6pm - please register for a place at http://tinyurl.com/IETBS17XmasReg. This is a joint event, brought to you by the local branches of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Nuclear Institute, the West of England Metals and Materials Association and the Royal Society of Chemistry. 6pm for 6:30pm (until 8pm). Venue: 2B025, B-block, University of the West of England (UWE). http://tinyurl.com/UWEMap2. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/IETBS17XmasReg.


Monday 11th December 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


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

Knitting Fog - Military Logistics in the last Gulf War. Speaker: Chris Markey FCMI FCILT - Chairman CILT Defence Forum. In 2002, The UK started preparations for the largest, most rapid deployment of warfighting forces   in its history.   Within an unprecedentedly short time, 40,000+ personnel, their weapons, munitions, life support and medical support were mobilised, deployed and engaged in high intensity warfighting. Chris Markey gives his perspective on how this was achieved, building a 'town' in the desert the size of Abingdon, shipping a line of vehicles that would stretch from Southampton to London, thousands of tons of ammunition and four field hospitals in less than half the time it took in the First Gulf War and, once they were there, supporting them and their US Allies through a warfighting campaign. Alongside this, the logisticians had to start nation building and normalisation in Iraq with a traumatised civilian population. Chris Markey served 35 years as a logistics officer in the RAF, serving in the Falklands, Belize, Germany, Iraq, Turkey and Zimbabwe.   His career was largely operationally focused and joint in nature, working with the other Services and Allies across NATO and beyond.   He served the last years of his military career in the Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for aspects of Defence Logistics Operations and, latterly, policy, legislation and operational use of the UK's Reserve Forces. He retired almost 10 years ago and is an independent supply chain and logistics consultant. Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided. 18:00 - 20:30.   Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH. Meeting Point: Soane Space. Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membershipATciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: TVG0354. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free


Monday 11th December Swindon - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event

Christmas Lecture - Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway. Alan Bielby, chairman of Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway. Our annual family event lecture. Tea and coffee is available from 17.00 and the lecture starts at 17.30. Alan Bielby, chairman of Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway introduces the local preserved railway, explains their problems and solutions and plans for the future. Followed by complementary hot buffet.17:00 - 19:00. STEAM Museum – Swindon, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2TA. Limited Spaces. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=14008


Monday 11th December Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

‘Xmas Evening’ With 2 shorter talks & Mince Pies Charles Rolls & Britain’s first International Aviation Meeting by Stephen Robson. ‘More superb Airshow photos set to music’ by Cliff Carter Once again it’s the end of the year and it’s our Christmas Evening of a short talk on Britain’s first International Aviation Meeting followed by an aviation photo extravaganza set to music.   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.


Tuesday 12th December Swindon - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) SW:Swindon local network Presentation & Tour ****

Visit to Fundamentals Ltd - Technical Presentation and Tour. The electrical power grid in Great Britain was designed and built many decades ago. At that time, generation was predominantly fossil fuel based and the network power flow was uni-directional. Many of the main assets on the network such as transformers and switchgear were designed with lifetimes which have long-since been surpassed, mainly a result of the over-engineering applied to such critical plant.
The proliferation of renewable generation resources connected to networks has introduced issues associated with bi-directional power flows which are quite unpredictable. Add to this the preclusive cost of replacing an asset base and a resulting requirement desire to ‘sweat it’ harder, the operation and management of the grid requires innovative solutions. This presentation will provide details of these technical challenges and some of the solutions being offered by Fundamentals and will conclude with a tour of the production workshops. Unit 2, Hillmead Enterprise Park, Marshall Road,   SWINDON, SN55FZ. 14.00 – 16.30 (including tour).  Light refreshments will be provided. Open to general public but spaces limited must register.   


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

Giant collapsing stars and a voyage into the history of the Universe by Dr Cosimo Inserra (University of Southampton). How do stars explode? How did the Universe evolve? Such questions have fired our imagination for hundreds of years. We thought we knew how to answer the former, but during the last decade new types of stellar explosions have been found. His research on cosmic explosions, known as supernovae, tests the physics of the collapsing stars to answer the above questions. Moreover, only supernovae can produce heavy elements, such as iron, or the raw materials for planet formation like our planet. Astronomers now hunt out these supernovae billions of light-years away, and measure their brightness and geometry with the world's largest ground-based telescopes and satellites.   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 December Bristol - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Joint Event ****

This is a joint event, brought to you by WEMMA and the IET. The National Composites Centre: Passion, Partnership and Performance. Dan Kells explains the value fibre composites can bring to engineering structures, and how through its cutting edge equipment and specialist skills training, the NCC is helping enterprises realise this potential across all industry sectors. The National Composites Centre is now over 6 years old.   Located near Bristol it hosts over 200 engineers, an unrivalled suite of state of the art equipment and a dedicated training centre which is widely used by UK industry and academia.   It is a key delivery partner in realising the UK Composites Strategy 2016 and an integral part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.   This presentation will introduce fibre composites and the benefits they offer to engineering structures across all industrial sectors.   It will describe the history and operation of the NCC and its role in the composite landscape.   It will show how NCC is working with academic partners to develop emerging technology and to address the skills shortage.   Finally, using case studies it will demonstrate how the NCC is meeting the challenges of its customers and partners to manufacture advanced lightweight and affordable engineering structures. 19:00 - Networking and free refreshments, 19:30 – Lecture. Room 2Q49, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, University of the West of England Bristol, BS161QY. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/251651.cfm


Wednesday 13th December Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture ****

Thunderbolts and lightning – are they really frightening? By Rhys Phillips, Research Engineer at Airbus Group Innovations.   In a light-hearted and informative talk, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning that can exist, before moving on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and explaining how we protect against damage from this. This interactive talk is the perfect mix of technical and fun; designed to interest & inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along! 18:30 – 20:00. Westland Entertainment Venue, BA20 2DD.   Lecture Free. Refreshments available at cost.   Limited, ticket only event. Interested parties will need to email the Branch to secure their place.   RAeS Yeovil Branch Committee – raesyeovil.mbxATleonardocompany.com or david.mccallumATleonardocompany.com and Michael.WinderATleonardocompany.com.


Thursday 14th December Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

The development of the 21st Century wingsuit by Dr Angelo Grubišić, University of Southampton. Dr Grubišić is a lecturer in Astronautics in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.   The Icarus Project is an innovative student project, showing that with opportunity and a little leadership, students can achieve something much greater than simply a good grade. 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 rogerstarling593ATbtinternet.com or tel 01929 553822.


Thursday 14th December Heathrow – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Heathrow Branch Lecture ****

An account on the role of a test pilot today and an insight into being the display pilot for the Rolls-Royce Spitfire. Phill O'Dell, Chief Test Pilot, Rolls-Royce plc.   Phill O'Dell is the Director of Flight Operations (formerly the Chief Test Pilot) for Rolls-Royce plc. In the lecture, he will recount some of his many experiences flying a wide variety of aircraft varying from the Rolls-Royce MK XIX Spitfire, via the Airbus A380, and the Boeing 787 through to the iconic Vulcan, XH 558.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, Phill was Officer Commanding the Research and   Development Flight of the Fast Jet Test Squadron at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. He joined Rolls-Royce plc in November 2001 having completed 18 years in the Royal Air Force. Since joining Rolls-Royce, Phill has contributed to many major engine development programmes, in particular the Adour Mk 951 upgrade to the Hawk, the Trent 900 for the Airbus A380 and the Trent 1000 for the 787 Dreamliner. Phill is also charged with leadership of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Flight's Spitfire operation and, in the lecture, he will tell us about this great privilege which allows him to fly the aircraft at a number of airshows and events throughout the UK each year. Lectures at the RAeS Heathrow Branch take place at 18:15 Waterside Theatre,  Harmondsworth UB7 0GA. Visitors welcome but for Security clearance to enter the BA Waterside base to attend the lecture contact Branch Secretary, Dr. Ana M Pedraz on  07936 392799  or preferably by email to  secretary.raeslhrATgmail.com.


Thursday 14th December Reading - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Thames & Chiltern Berkshire local network Lecture ****

IET Berkshire Christmas Lecture: Securing the Skies Techniques for defending against drones. Attend the talk to learn more about the risks of drone attacks and activity, and how to mitigate against this new threat in the air. Speaker Amit has worked in the technology industry for many years, working with partners and clients to define innovative practice in networking and securing information. Now in the drone business, Amit works with various organisations in the public and private sector to secure facilities against the threat of drones. Programme; 18:00 Refreshments, 18:30 Start, 20:30 End. Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5RQ. Contact edATedpinkney.co.uk for more information.


Thursday 14th December Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

The Bloodhound SSC. The amazing World Land Speed record attempt by the Bloodhound SSC team is approaching hopefully in 2018. Brooklands Members Ian Glover (President of Bloodhound 1K Club) and Ron Ayres (Chief Aerodynamicist for the project) will be with us to tell us about the project itself and the very latest progress report and updates following the test runs in Newquay.   Please note: This event has been moved to the Vickers Suite (opposite the Vimy Pavillion). A bar and hot food will be available from 6pm. The talk begins at 7.30pm, there is no reserved seating. 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 Non Members £5.   Pay on the night.   Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. talksATbrooklandsmembers.co.uk.


Tuesday 19th December Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

“Have Anorak Will Travel” by Graham Spiller. 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. solentaeromarineAThotmail.com


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

The Cooper’s unique contribution to aviation history - Richard and Peter Cooper. 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.




Wednesday 3rd January Christchurch - Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture

The Air Training Corps (ATC) speaker Ernie Ball. The ATC is a British youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Air Force. A Full Time Reserve Service RAF officer serves as Commandant Air Cadets at the rank of Air Commodore. The majority of staff are volunteers although some are paid for full-time work. Although many ATC cadets go on to join the RAF or other services, the ATC is no longer set up as a recruiting organisation. Activities include sport, adventurous training (such as walking and paddle-sports), ceremonial drill, rifle shooting, fieldcraft, powered aircraft and glider flying, and other outdoor activities, as well classification training leading up to a BTEC in Aviation Studies. Week-long trips to RAF stations, or camps offering adventure training or music, allow the opportunity for cadets to gain a taste of military life and often to gain some flying experience in RAF gliders and RAF training aircraft such as the Grob Tutor. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch 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