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Friends of the New Forest Airfields

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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 14th October - Bransgore (near Sopley) - Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day

The last Open Day for 2018 apart from arranged group visits. The museum has a wealth of pictures and artefacts commemorating the aviation operations and aircraft of WW2 involving the 12 New Forest airfields and also the training airfield at East Boldre from WW1. Open from 10am-4pm for this open day for which the Trustees ask for a donation of £7.50 for adults, £3 for 10-16 year olds and 'under 10s' are free. Service Veterans (pre-1961) are offered a concessionary rate of £3 on production of their service ID. Annual Membership £10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25, Life Membership £100. The museum is in Mosquito Way, accessed via the new housing estate BH23 8AU, off Derritt Lane, Bransgore. Turn left immediately on entering the estate. See the Facebook page or the website at  https://fonfasite.wordpress.com  and email at  fonfa2010ATgmail.com


Monday 15th  October 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 15th  October Bath - IMarEST & RINA Western Joint Branch Lecture

Southampton Hydro Team by James Lamyman University of Southampton. The Hydro Team design, build and race an energy-efficient remote control boat at the international HydroContest organised by the Hydros Foundation. Last year, we successfully competed at the contest and placed 6th in the lightweight competition, 9th in the heavyweight and 3rd in the endurance. The process was very arduous with many problems to overcome but we are all happy with the outcome and hope to build on the result this year. The team is once again hard at work for the competition in the summer. Our designs for both the heavyweight and lightweight will soon be unveiled so stay tuned on all our social media. 19:00 – Refreshments 19:25 – Lecture start.   Access via Quarry Road Free parking on campus from 17:00. Lecture Theatre 2.3, Building 5 West, University of Bath, BA2 7AY.  https://www.imarest.org/local-communities/uk/western-joint. Email to :  secretary.wjbATimarest.org


Tuesday 16th October Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Joe Marsden “Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective” 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 16th  October Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

An overview of Air Traffic Control and developments in recent years - Gary Dixon. 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 16th October Clivedon – West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) Sales Training

Increase your Sales and Turnover with Effective Sales. Sales skills are the single most undervalued and misunderstood skills in business. Engineering businesses can dramatically improve their turnover by implementing effective sales techniques and a driven sales plan. This course will increase the sales performance of attendees by using the most successful techniques employed by businesses that excel in the Engineering sector.   WEAF Members: £135, Non-Members: £185.


Wednesday 17th  October Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Our Solar System, compared to exoplanets Dr Amaury Triaud (University of Birmingham). We will look at recent discoveries in exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars than the Sun. Exoplanets have surprised researchers by how different they appear to the eight planets we know so well. But are we really distinct, or just one system amongst a multitude? We will explore the properties of our planets, and those of others Suns, comparing them to one another.  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 17th  October Guildford - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Lecture ****

Electric Car Development – but is the future all electric? Sir John Samuel has been active in the battery and electric car arena for many years. One of the great challenges for engineers is to harness the energy of the sun through cost effective generation, transmission and storage - ultimately to power the wheels of mass transport. The roots of EV development came in the UK’s switch from horses to electric cars in 1915, now in 2018 history is repeating itself with rapid growth in electric passenger car production and sales enabled by major advances in Lithium based battery technology and high efficiency hybrid drivetrains.  19:30 - 21:00  University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH. Contact Peter Recardo mobile 07923 491447.  http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/Farnborough---Guildford-Area/event-detail?id=15150


Thursday 18th October Southampton - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Lecture ****

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd - A Timeline of the Nuclear Industry Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd .The presentation will give a broad narrative of the nuclear industry. Discussing the nuclear heritage on the south coast and giving a timeline of nuclear power generation, past, present and future, from Chicago pile 1 through to UK research reactors, Magnox and a range of reactor types. Giving details about the nuclear markets of decommissioning, research and development, defence, plant life extension, new power stations & medicines used for therapy and treatment. Going on to give an overview of Aquila Nuclear Engineering, a well-established and thriving company, who are based in Twyford. 18:00 - 20:00 Physics, Lecture Theatre B Building 46, Room 2003, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton  SO17 1BJ.  https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/event-detail?id=15387


Thursday 18th  October  Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture ****

The Miles M52: Britain’s Top Secret assault on the Sound Barrier by Tony Butler. 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  ordavid.mccallumATleonardocompany.com  and  Michael.WinderATle onardocompany.com.


Thursday 18th  October Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Cobb, Campbell and the Kings of Speed. The Land Speed record has been hotly fought over for many years and today we have the ultimate speed machine in the Bloodhound. Following last year's talk on the 1000mph wonder we return to the speed kings of yesteryear particularly the era of John Cobb and Malcolm Campbell. Steve Cropley and Don Wales (himself a speed record holder as well as the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell) will present this event. 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.


Monday 22nd  October Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

HM Coast Guard SAR Helicopter Unit, Lee-on-Solent by Eadin Brown that flies from Lee-on-Solent. Either to a real rescue at sea or on a training flight often in conjunction with the RNLI. Come and hear as to how this helicopter, its crew, support staff operating back base, plus of course the organisations they work with all fit together to perform a rescue. Eadin Brown is one of the pilots! His talk will introduce the HM Coastguard Helicopter Unit, which was recently re-equipped with AgustaWestland AW189 aircraft and is based at a modern facility at the Solent Airport, formerly the home of RNAS Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus). Eadin will start off his talk with a little back ground about himself, and as to how he ended up working for the HM Coastguard Unit. This in itself is fascinating! Eadin will then continue by giving a broad outline of how the Helicopter 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.


Thursday 25th  October Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

The keynote event for our 2018-2019 season is our biennial Sir Alan Cobham lecture, generously supported by Cobham plc. This year’s lecture will be on the Single European Sky (SES) project and will be given by Graham Lake. The lecture will discuss the political initiatives and challenges in harmonising the air traffic control systems, strategies and procedures across 42 European Countries, extending from Iceland to Turkey and beyond. SES respects the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan, which the 192 government members of ICAO have signed up to deliver, and which for Europe has led to the European ATM Masterplan. Europe is generally very well advanced when compared to other global regions, partly because of Eurocontrol, the intergovernmental agency established 50+ years ago, but also because of the supranational political structure (the EC) that does not exist to the same extent elsewhere in the aviation world.  The lecture will be preceded by a buffet reception for members and invited guests, which will be held in the atrium by main reception in Poole House. The reception will start at 6pm.  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 25th October Newport IoW - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section Lecture ****

Gravitational Waves by Dr Derek Finch. The theoretical history of gravitational radiation from Newton to Einstein via Maxwell and others; The fundamental problem with detecting gravitational radiation; the early pioneers – Joseph Webber to LIGO; The design of LIGO and the problems it has had to overcome; What LIGO has found and what it means to the scientific community and finally where we go from here. 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The Sail Loft room The Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BS.  www.bargemansrest.com. Chairman Mr Dave Miller BEng (Hons) CEng MIET BAE Systems Maritime Services, Tel 03300 472270  dave.j.millerATbaesystems.com.


Thursday 25th  October Yeovil - Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture

Speaker: Colonel Paul Tedman. Commander Aviation Reconnaissance Forces RNAS Yeovilton.   Talks 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


Thursday 25th  October Reading - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Berkshire Local Network Lecture ****

The Evolution of TV Distribution by Justin Gupta, Google UK & Ireland. In this talk, we'll look at past technical developments in TV distribution, the current hybrid situation and how we may be on a glide-path towards an IP-only future; what it will take to get there and what the likely implications will be for consumers and the industry. This event is free of charge and open to all, with refreshments at 19.00, lecture at 19:30. Venue Van Emden Theatre, Edith Morley, University of Reading RG6 6UR. Contact Prof Richard Mitchell  rjmitchellATtheiet.org  for more information.


Thursday 25th  October Yeovil -  Navy Wings Night Photocall

The second Threshold Navy Wings Night Photocall of the year. The event will see  a number of Navy Wings' aircraft positioned for photography and under floodlights. A number of visiting aircraft are also expected. Tickets are priced at £30.00 and are available to purchase through our online ticket store, below, or at  thresholdaero.ticketlight.co.uk. Tickets are strictly limited to ensure the there is no  overcrowding and there is no fighting for position during the evening. Entry to the event is for those aged 16 or older and each ticket holder must have valid photographic ID (passport, driving license, etc.) in order to enter RNAS Yeovilton. Please note that without a high visibility jacket or coat, you will be refused entry to the event. You will need to send your  vehicle details (make, model, colour, registration) to us using the contact form on this website. This is not optional and failure to provide such details will mean you are not able to park in the Little Yeo car park.   1730 at Navy Wings Heritage Centre, Building 412, South Dispersal, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester BA22 8HT.  https://threshold.aero/event/navy-wings-night-photocall-iii


Friday 26th October Wimborne – Air Cadets Wimborne

That’s (Air)show Business! Celebrating the RAF at 100 a talk by Phil Holt. 7.30 pm (doors open 6.45 pm). Venue Allendale Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS. Tickets £5 available from the Allendale Centre or online at  www.theallendale.org. Contact Robin Cook on 07968 265897. Proceeds for Air Cadets 1069 Squadron (Flight Refuelling) Wimborne.


Tuesday 30th  October Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society FAA Yeovilton evening Lecture ****

Tragedy in Paris by Capt John Hutchinson.   An investigation by  The Observer  suggests the truth is much more complicated. In the words of John Hutchinson, a Concorde captain for 15 years, the fire on its own should have been “eminently survivable; the pilot should have been able to fly his way out of trouble.” The reason why he failed to do so, Hutchinson believes, was a lethal combination of operational error and negligence. This appears to have been a crash with more than one contributing factor, most of which were avoidable. 1800 for 1830 start. Nuffield Sports Centre RNAS Yeovilton, BA22 8HT. Lecture Secretary Lt Marc Stone RN 01935 456241.


Monday  31st  October Southampton – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

BREXIT : what happens if borders are restored? William (Bill) Packer, Managing Director, Steering Supply Chain Consultants Ltd. Whatever the type of BREXIT that is finally negotiated, if that involves a withdrawal from the customs union of the EU then both supply chains and transport operations between the UK and Europe face major change. The Steering Supply Chain Consultancy is already preparing its clients for those changes and now Bill Packer will be sharing some of that advice with CILT members who may still only be vaguely aware of what they mean. This is our season's opening event and, despite it being held on Halloween, it promises to make the prospect of BREXIT 'Deal or No Deal ?' rather less frightening by showing how we can be ready to manage it beforehand.  Refreshments will be provided. 18:30 (for 18:45) - 21:00. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton SO 14 0LY Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (TS 315A on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre.   Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email:  membershipATciltuk.org.uk  quoting the event code: HDG0348


Monday 31st October – 1st   November Birmingham - Advanced Engineering 2018

Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to meet and network with fellow OEMs and supply chain professionals eager to see the latest technologies and solutions across co-located show zones includingAero Engineering;  Automotive Engineering;  Composites Engineering;  Connected Manufacturing;  Performance Metals Engineering; and new for 2018  UK Contract Manufacturing.  National Exhibition Centre.https://www.easyfairs.com/advanced-engineering-2018/advanced-engineering-2018/




Wednesday, November 7th Christchurch - Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture
Royal Observer Corps by Neville Cullingford. The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a civil defence organisation intended for the visual detection, identification, tracking and reporting of aircraft over Great Britain. It operated in the United Kingdom between 29 October 1925 and 31 December 1995, when the Corps' civilian volunteers were stood down. (ROC headquarters staff at RAF Bentley Priory stood down on 31 March 1996). Composed mainly of civilian spare-time volunteers, ROC personnel wore a Royal Air Force (RAF) style uniform and latterly came under the administrative control of RAF Strike Command and the operational control of the Home Office. Civilian volunteers were trained and administered by a small cadre of professional full-time officers under the command of the Commandant Royal Observer Corps; latterly a serving RAF Air Commodore. 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