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

Sunday 2nd 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


Monday 3rd December Bristol - IMarEST & RINA Western Joint Branch Lecture

Christmas Debate 2018 - ‘The National Maritime Strategy.’   Panel of VIPs. 19:00 – Refreshments 19:25 – Lecture start.   Building 5-West, Lecture Theatre 2.3 (Pharmacy Building), University of Bath, BA2 7AY (Access via Quarry Road).   Free parking on campus from 17:00.   Email to : secretary.wjbATimarest.org


Monday 3rd December Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Battle of Britain - Making the Movie Popular Speaker Phil Holt returns with a look at the "Battle of Britain" movie. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the making of this iconic movie, released in 1969. The bulk of the ground and air sequences were filmed in 1968 and Phil drawing on the stories of pilots who flew some of the air sequences and air traffic controllers who co-ordinated many of the stunning aerial sequences, which are still regarded as a masterpiece of cinematography, this is the story behind how one of the most pivotal battles in UK history was produced for Panavision Wide Screen (including some large helpings of good fortune).   The talk begins at 7.30pm, there is no reserved seating. This event is held in the Napier Room in the historic clubhouse at Brooklands. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. Ticket Information, Members £2 Non Members £7.   Pay on the night.   For evening talks please use the Campbell Gate Entrance off Brooklands Road. The postcode for SatNavs for this entrance is KT13 0QN. This entrance is shared with JTI and signed ‘JTI Members Hill’. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. talksATbrooklandsmembers.co.uk.


Tuesday 4th December Reading - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Berkshire Local Network Briefing ****

Technology PR: What businesses wish they'd known. This breakfast briefing is all about how PR can elevate your company and make it stand out, giving your business awareness, understanding and credibility. Jargon PR will focus on giving you the basics of PR; discussing how to write a press releases, the point of thought leadership and the need for news hi-jacking. In addition, you'll learn about the benefits of building relationships with journalists in your sector and how to drive sales through PR. 8-10am 1 Collegiate Square, South Ave, Shinfield Reading, RG29LH. https://www.theiet.org/events/local/257500.cfm


Tuesday 4th December Bristol - Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) Event ****

Castle Bridge at Finzels Reach, Bristol ICE Bristol would like to invite you our Christmas event, an evening talk on the award winning Castle Bridge at Finzels Reach. This event is FREE and open to all (including the general public). Castle Bridge forms a key structure for the Finzels Reach Project in Bristol. The 91m long pedestrian and cycle bridge adds an entirely new dimension to the development and community, providing easy access to the north of the Floating Harbour. It meanders its way gracefully across the historic waterway, landing in Castle Park from where Cabot Circus and the Metrobus route is a short walk away. 18:00 - 19:30 Arup Auditorium, 63 St. Thomas Street, Bristol BS1 6JZ. Contact Barbara Sweet e: icesw.adminATice.org.uk


Tuesday 4th December Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

"Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective" by Joe Marsden. Joe has flown 34 different Vulcan aircraft including XH558 which flew until 2016 and XL426 based at Southend Airport (see https//avrovulcan.com). The well-illustrated talk will briefly cover the history of the Vulcan but will mainly cover crew responsibilities, preparations and practicalities of the various roles Joe was involved in together with the more light-hearted aspects of journeys from Cyprus in the East to Midway Island and Alaska in the West and up to the Arctic Circle to test Russian response. Doors  open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. We meet in the Church Hall, off Free Street Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1EE. A location map and directions can be found in the 'ABOUT' section of this site. The fee for each meeting is normally £2.50p. Website www.bwavg.co.uk.


Wednesday 5th December Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

'The Man Who Never Was' a talk by Kevin Patience. In April 1943 a body dressed as a  Royal Marine officer with briefcase was deliberately  washed ashore in Spain. It was designed to fool the Germans that the allies planned to invade Greece and not Sicily. Code named Operation Mincemeat it was one of the best kept secrets of WW2 until 1996 when files were released in the National Archives and the identity of the corpse  made public. This is the true story of this deception. 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.


Wednesday 5th December Salisbury - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Arnold Barks Lecture ****

Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture 2018. Jet Suit by Richard Browning Chief Test Pilot and Founder of Aeronautical Innovation Company, Gravity Industries. Launched in March 2017, the dream was to re-imagine human flight with an elegant partnership between mind, body and machine, exploiting leading edge technology. This vision lead to the creation of the Gravity Industries Jet Suit. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within seven days of launch. In the first 12 months Gravity executed 46 flight events across 16 countries including four TED talks. Richard and the team are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…’. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury, SP1 3UT. £10 per ticket includes wine and canapé reception. Both members of the IMechE and non-members are welcome to attend this event. To book online, select the number of tickets and  click the "Book now" link above,  then proceed to the Shopping Cart and sign in using your online account details. Alternatively, you can pay by BACS or cheque, email for details http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/event-detail?id=15628


Wednesday 5th December Swindon – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Swindon Branch Lecture ****

Challenges of an RAF Airfield Ops Director. Wg.Cdr. Nick Worrell OC Ops. Brize Norton. 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 15-18 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. Please reply as soon as possible, to Colin Irvin at:    raeswindonATgmail.com  or DASATaerosoecity.com


Thursday 6th December Swindon - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Swindon Lecture ****

Mind The Gap: Reducing attack surfaces from evolving threats by Erhan Temurkan, MSc SABSA CCNA Cyber OPS, Principal Cyber Security Consultant. Organisations are struggling to keep up with the capability gaps in both resources and technology required to adapt to the ever-evolving threat landscape. This presentation will put together the context, content and processes required to proactively defend, deter and respond to such incoming threats accordingly. Attendees will go away with a clear understanding of some of the current and future risks, with a cyber hygiene approach which includes clear proactive steps for prediction, prevention, detection, and response that can form part of your strategy. Finally, Erhan will share experiences of dealing with targeted attacks, such as those relating to botnets and highlight the implications for organisations that are extending their IT enterprise to incorporate IoT. You will learn about how your organisation might represent part of the threat landscape, and what you can do to protect against this.   18:30 Light Refreshments, 19:00 Lecture Starts and 20:30 Close. Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN21DY. https://www.theiet.org/events/local/257760.cfm


Saturday 8th December Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

“If I had known then what I know now”, with Chris Keith-Lucas.   Today Chris Keith-Lucas finds himself regarded as a Historic Jaguar Guru. It was not always the case. Coming from a line of engineers, he was apprenticed on steam turbines and ship’s diesels. His hobby of vintage racing led to historic replicas and restoring historic cars as Lynx Engineering. In turn this led to fascinating projects in the modern field.   His own Company CKL Developments focused down to a specialism of the Jaguars of the 50’s and 60’s. In his words,  “There have been very interesting people, some well-known, some not. Some slog, some hairy moments, some funny moments; cars, boats, aeroplanes and hot air balloons!” 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 10th 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 10th December Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

Christmas Special ~ Two shorter talks. The History of Westland Aircraft by Bill McNaught and Tales/Films about the Lancaster Bomber by John Bell DFC MBE RAF(Retd).   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 10th December Reading – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

Humanitarian Relief in the Caribbean Group Captain Neil Jones CMILT RAF, Assistant Head Defence Logistic Operations and Plans, Defence Logistics Directorate, Ministry of Defence. Group Captain Neil Jones is the Assistant Head of Defence Logistic Operations and Plans in the Ministry of Defence, a seasoned logistician with decades of experience, he tells a compelling story about how the deployment and employment  of an eclectic mix of military units from across the Defence logistic spectrum in the role of humanitarian logistics (that is not core, having trained and operated for the last decade in support of warfighting) demonstrated what good operational planning, leadership, professional training and through-career personal development can achieve.  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 2000 hours. 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: TVG0366


Tuesday 11th December Salisbury - Joint RAeS/IMechE/IET Lecture ****

The ICARUS Wingsuit Project. Dr. Grubisic is British FAI PPC silver medallist for wingsuit performance skydiving. British PPC record holder for distance flown in competition, Wingsuit BASE jumper, Jet suit pilot and Lecturer of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton. An inspiration insight into the high risk world of wingsuit BASE jumping. Discussing the mechanics & aerodynamics of human flight, as well as the human psychology & risks. Pioneering use of a 3D computational fluid dynamics & experimental testing to develop insights into wingsuit aerodynamics, enabling development of adaptations to extend the human flight envelope & improve safety. Dr. Grubisic will also discuss the wingsuit world records that the team will attempt in the coming year. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at  QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Lecture begins at 17:15. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration.   Email Branch Secretary secretaryATBoscombeDownRAES.org


Tuesday 11th December Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

The AW101 advanced SAR system for Norway. Mark Goddard and Stephen Vellacott Leonardo Helicopters. 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 12th December Fareham - Open Event at the Fareham Innovation Centre

Oxford Innovation (OI) Space Incubator - Public Showcase 2018. The OI Space Incubator cohort have been very busy since the beginning of July...lots of prototypes and sat apps being designed, developed and refined. Business models structured and products readied for launch. This milestone event is for them to showcase their solution for the very first time to potential customers, public, OI Space partners (who continue to give great support) and peers. Some may choose to launch their product at this event. Some just get essential feedback prior to launch. Either way this is the exciting climax of the 2018 programme. The cohort may still need your support...so come along for a catch-up, prime networking and see how you can help. We will be hot lunch and refreshments through the event.   This event is co-hosted with South Coast Centre of Excellence in Sat Apps - so we hope to fill the roof terrace again with great innovators and key business support players. Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU. Book places on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oi-space-incubator-public-showcase-2018-tickets-51517399930?aff=erelexpmlt


Wednesday 12th December Dorchester - Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) Event ****

Moving the River Taw at Colleton Mill, Dorchester. Dorchester City Club invites you to attend a lecture on Moving the River Taw at Colleton Mill. To save a railway we moved a river - reducing the long-term risks of erosion, providing better land access and re-homing its inhabitants. And we did it all in just four months. Devon’s River Taw is known to have a mind of its own – with a rapidly varying flow and a disregard for properties and assets in its way. The locally important ‘Tarka’ Railway line in North Devon follows the river along much of its length, connecting Exeter and Barnstaple – taking advantage of the wide floodplain through which it flows. 07:45 - 09:00. Dorset County Council, Committee Room 1 County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. Contact Barbara Sweet e: icesw.adminATice.org.uk


Thursday 13th December Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

The AVRO Shackleton from the navigators perspective by Air Cdre Bill Tyack CBE FRAeS Past President RAeS. Air Cdre Tyack joined the RAF in 1962 and qualified as a navigator, in which capacity he had operational tours firstly in a Shackleton squadron and then on Canberras and Nimrods.   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 13th December Heathrow – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Heathrow Branch Lecture ****

Lufthansa Technik overhauling landing gears as independent MRO – challenging markets and new technologies by Christian Wicker, Director of Sales and Marketing Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK. Lectures at the RAeS Heathrow Branch take place at 18:15 British Airways HQ Waterside, London Heathrow Airport, Harmondsworth UB7 0GA. The Branch welcome both Members and Visitors! Please note that for security clearance to enter the BA Waterside base to attend the lecture, you MUST register at least two days in advance, preferably online via http://tiny.cc/RAeSLHR, alternatively contact the Branch Secretary William Li via email HeathrowATaerosociety.com or mobile 07936 392799.


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

Christmas Lecture – “Forming a Festive Forecast” by Claire Batholomew and Helen Roberts of the Met Office. Ticketed event at Milford School Glenthorne Ave, Yeovil BA21 4PG. RAeS Yeovil Branch Committee – raesyeovil.mbxATleonardocompany.com or david.mccallumATleonardocompany.com and Michael.WinderATleonardocompany.com.


Tuesday 18th December Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

The Air France disasters at Bahrain - Kevin Patience. In June 1950, two Douglas DC-4 aircraft en-route to Paris from the Far East crashed into the sea in Bahrain, two days apart. A unique occurrence, in aviation annals, that was blamed on the two pilots. 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 18th December Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Alan Key “Pleasure Flying.”   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




Wednesday, 2nd January Christchurch - Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
History of Aviation, by Ernie Ball. The history of aviation by Ernie Ball who has had a long career in aviation as a pilot and training. The talk is an abbreviated history of flight that doesn’t include helicopters and only touches on military aviation. It starts with the Chinese and their kites, then moves onto balloons (Montgolfier Bros, Graf Zeppelins, R100/101), followed by the Wright brothers, gliders, flying boats, piston airliners, turboprop airliners and finally, jet airliners. The talk conclude with present day civilian strategies (hub and spoke versus point-to-point) and includes the parts that local aviation paid in the history. 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


Southampton Model Aeroplane Club

East Boldre - Click here

Commemorating the end of WW1 - 10/11 November