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Friends of the New Forest Airfields

Next Museum Opening  Sun 18Mar18

See website here

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.

More info here

Saturday 10th March Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Graham Robson chats to David Richards, CBE. Motorsport historian, Graham Robson interviews our guest this evening, David Richards. David is the Chairman of Prodrive, Chairman elect of the MSA and former Chairman of Aston Martin.
He spent eight years as a professional rally driver becoming British and Scandinavian champion and concluded his competition career by winning the World Rally Championship as co-driver to Ari Vatanen in 1981. David then devoted his time to developing his business interests, which led to the formation of his own motor racing team and the creation of Prodrive, now a world leading motorsport and advanced technology business. Since 1984, Prodrive has won six FIA World Rally titles with Subaru; four British Touring Car championships; five class wins at Le Mans; and are reigning FIA World Endurance Champions. The evening will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre at 7.30 pm. The Museum will be open from 6.00 pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for members of the Friends of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members.

Monday 12th March Andover - Andover Strut Meeting

Strut Evening, 'All Things Gyro', Steve Boxall, Gyrocopter Experience. 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 12th March Reading – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

The Role of Operations Management in Logistics, Transport and Beyond by Peter Karran FCILT,    Director of Operations,  Ψ Practical Service Improvement. 18:00 - 20:30.   Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided. Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH. Meeting Point: Soane Space. 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: TVG0358. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Monday 12th March Swindon - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event

Future of Rail Presentation Competition One of the highlights of the year;   Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years’ experience)  will present their papers, in competition with each other. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. And other prizes for the runners-up.   This year's presentations will be announced the week before the event.   Following each presentation there will be a short question and answer session. Followed by the announcement of the winner. We then invite you for  further discussions at ‘The Glue Pot’, 5 Emlyn Square, Swindon SN1 5BP. This is a traditional pub in Brunel’s Swindon Village, close to  Western House and the station. 17:00 - 19:00 Rooms 5/6, Western House – Swindon, 1, Holbrook Way Swindon Wiltshire SN1 1BD. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/event-detail?id=9375

Tuesday 13th March Southampton – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Southampton Area lecture ****

Tokamak Energy Fusion Development Alan Costley, a PhD graduate of Imperial College, has worked in fusion for more than 40 years. He has held senior positions at the JET project and on the international ITER project. The presentation will provide an insight in to the Tokamak Energy Fusion Development programme. Tokamak Energy are not just a paper exercise, but are putting the theory into practise. By designing and building prototype fusion devices, they learn from each one to develop the next. 19:00 - 20:00. Physics Lecture Theatre B, Southampton University, Southampton SO17 1BJ. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/Southampton-Area/event-detail?id=14410

Wednesday 14th March Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Professor  Nils Andersson (University of Southampton) - The breakthrough detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes in 2015 sent ripples of excitement through the scientific community and led to the recent award of the Nobel Prize in Physics.   The observation confirmed Albert Einstein’s 100-year old prediction and provided further support of his curved-space/warped-time theory of gravity.   The follow-up observation of colliding neutron stars in August 2017 – an event that was seen across the electromagnetic spectrum – engaged a large part of the international astronomy community.   What made this event so exciting?   Why did it take the best part of a century to detect the gravitational waves in the first place?   What are they, anyway?   The answers to these – and many other – questions will be revealed in this entertaining journey through Einstein’s wonky universe. 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 14th March Guildford – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Lecture ****

Watchkeeper UAS technology developments by Nick Miller, Business Director ISTAR & UAV Systems, Thales UK. The Watchkeeper UAV provides the UK armed forces with intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. Joint lecture with RAeS, IMechE and IET. 19:00 - 21:30. Austin Pearce Building University of Surrey, Guildford Surrey GU2 7XH. Contact Martin Nash IMechE tel 01276 601476 or Ian Pigram email pigramikATbp.com or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.

Wednesday 14th March Portsmouth Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network ****

Where do Space Missions come from? This is a joint event, organised by the Portsmouth & District Physical Society (PDPS). We are all familiar with missions to explore our Solar system and beyond; we regularly see pictures from the surface of Mars, images of Saturn from spacecraft such as Cassini or data from the Hubble Space Telescope.   But how do these missions come together? What is the process that leads you from “we really need to do  this  in space” to the launch pad? This talk will describe the often arduous but very interesting process of getting a mission from a discussion over a cup of tea to proposal and then flight.   I’ll describe some of the successful missions we are involved with in Oxford and also describe some of the concepts that haven't quite made it…. yet…. 18:45-20:00 Meetings will be held at 7.00 pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE, by kind permission of the Vice-Chancellor and Governors of the University. Please be seated by 6.55pm. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/252472.cfm

Thursday 15th March Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture ****

F-35 Ski Jump testing by Gordon Stewart QinetiQ. This presentation will describe the first phase of F-35B ski jump testing, which was conducted by the joint UK/US team at Patuxent River. It will discuss the preparation for the first F-35B ski jump launch, the conduct of the testing itself, and give an overview of the initial test results. Among the lessons learned which will be discussed are the importance of simulation for test planning and mission rehearsal, but also why, even with excellent modelling capability, you shouldn’t put ultimate faith in the predictions. 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 15th March Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Hersham & Walton Motors (HWM) Gillian Goldsmith (nee Gillian Fortescue-Thomas) is a National Hunt jockey and Motorsport enthusiast. Tonight she will join us for a showing of her documentary film about Hersham & Walton Motors or HWM as they were known. Following the film there will be a Q & A session with Gillian. 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.

Sunday 18th March -   Sopley (nr Bransgore) - Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day
FONFA opens after the winter recess with a wealth of pictures and artefacts commemorating the aviation operations and aircraft 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.   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 < fonfa2010ATgmail.com>

Monday 19th March Bournemouth – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Lecture ****

Cardiff’s University Student Formula Racing success lecture to be given by Post Graduates Alexander Goff and Luca Di Marino. Join us for an exciting presentation to be given by the leaders of the successful Cardiff University team who triumphed over ninety other entrants to be crowned overall winner of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Formula Student 2017. The competition challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. 6.30 for 7.00 pm. Please note change of date from original advertising. Inspire Lecture Theatre, Fusion Building, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus   BH12 5BB.   For more information please contact John Kent   Tel: 01202 693279. Book tickets :- http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/Bournemouth-Area. Lecture free for all to attend. Free parking and tea, coffee & biscuits on arrival.

Monday 19th March Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Last Flight Out. Amy Johnson had her ambitions and she flew at them. Born in the year the Wright Brothers made their first flight and into an age where the romantic heights of flying captured her heart she became only the second woman in the world to train and qualify as a ground engineer and then, in 1930, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. She lived her life for adventure and the future of aviation. In January 1941, at just 37 years old, Amy was killed while serving her country on a routine flight for the Air Transport Auxiliary. In her short time she achieved so many great things but this 'lone girl flier' achieved them while faced with challenges of all kinds. We meet Amy in a world of mixed memories, desires, wishes and ambitions and as we find out about her life we can start to see how the pieces fit and the tools Amy used to bring her dreams to reality. This is a one-woman play which will be performed in the Napier Room of the Clubhouse. The talk begins at 7.30pm, there is no reserved seating. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. Ticket Information, Members £8 Non Members £15. 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 20th March Farnborough - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

“RAE to QinetiQ: The First 100 Years” by Dr Graham Rood. The Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), through its genesis on the Farnborough site as the Balloon Factory (1909), the Army Aircraft Factory (1911), the Royal Aircraft Factory (1912) through to the Royal Aircraft Establishment (1918), has seen the development of aviation through its lifetime in Great Britain. 2018 sees the centenary of the RAE and this lecture looks at the research & development carried out from the formation of RAE through the inter-war years, the re-armament period, WW2 and into the Cold War. This talk tries to pick its way through the more innovative areas of research and give a picture of the importance of RAE to the UKs highly successful history in aviation. The talk completes the RAE journey with the work carried out after its move to the western side of the airfield and incorporation into QinetiQ 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/

Tuesday 20th March Salisbury - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Future ETPS by Paul Shakespeare. The Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) has over 70 years’ experience of training test pilots and flight test engineers.   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 20th March Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

A handful of tales about a few of “Your” aeroplanes. Presented by Roger H. Beazley CBE. Having served in the RAF for over 30 years and subsequently qualified as an experimental test pilot, Roger shares with us his experiences flying a number of the aircraft in the BDAC Collection including tasks such as frontline operational scrambles, maritime research, airborne system development, Royal events, a global ‘circumnavigation’ and on one occasion parking alongside Air Force One!   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 21st March Weybridge - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture ****

The work of Weybridge’s Flight Safety department by Bob Bishop and Alan Simmons. The presenters will describe Weybridge’s pioneering role in enhancing safety nd preventing accidents, from the Viscount to the site closure in 1987. 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

Wednesday 21st March Southampton – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

Facing Major Change - Anticipating the Professional Impacts of Brexit Chris Yarsley, Project Manager for Midlands & Brexit, Freight Transport Association (FTA). 18:30 - 21:00. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0LY. Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membershipATciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: HDG0344. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Thursday 22nd March Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

Controlling 9/11 by Phil Holt. Phil Holt was an air traffic controller and was on duty on 11 September 2001 at the time of the terrorist attacks in America. He will give an insider's view of how this terrorist atrocity affected flights around the world, both at the time and subsequently. 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 rogerstarlingATme.com tel 01929 553822.

Thursday 22nd March Bristol - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Bristol Lecture ****

Can an aircraft fly forever? Jonathan Hallatt, Airbus A300/310 Chief Engineer. Start 6:30pm. Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre, Southmead Rd, Filton.   18:30. Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG. Members and non-members welcome! Contact Secretary Nicholas.Baker2ATRolls-Royce.com Tel 0117 97 96479

Monday 26th March Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

‘Controlling 9/11’ the story of U.S.A. Traffic Control on this day by Mr. Phil Holt. It was a day that changed our world forever. Everyone will remember what he or she was doing when they heard of the attacks on New York & Washington.

Phil was an air traffic controller for nearly 40 years and was on duty on the 11th September 2001. In this fascinating presentation Phil will tell the story of his colleagues at the Boston, New York, Washington and Cleveland air traffic centres. His experience as a controller, instructor, examiner and human factors specialist gives this talk an unprecedented insight into the most fraught 4 hours in the history of air traffic control.). 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 27th March Cardiff - Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2018

The UK's leading defence procurement and supply chain event. With a hugely diverse set of requirements, across a vast array of goods and services, defence sector spending is valued at over £19 billion annually, making the MOD Britain’s industry’s largest customer, buying everything from military fighting vehicles to education services and all kinds of facilities management services.   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. http://www.dprte.co.uk/

Tuesday 27th March Farnborough - Innovation South Showcase

Innovate UK has come together with Innovation South to offer a free one day showcase event. Register now for your chance to network and engage with senior executives from the Innovate UK family, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Business Clusters who can offer advice on which funding & collaborative opportunities might be right for you and your innovation. 09:30 to 16:00. Farnborough Conference Centre, Show Centre, ETPS Road GU14 6FD Farnborough.

Wednesday 28th March Portsmouth – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network ****

The future of drone use in the civil sector, Mark Baxter, Business Development and Technical Support, TEKEVER. The use of unmanned systems has long been constrained to “dull, dirty, dangerous” applications. While well suited to these tasks they are also able to operate “beyond human performance”. By focusing the use of unmanned systems in this way a number of sectors will experience a step change in capability and productivity. Currently, the UK government is focused on three pathfinder application areas: Agriculture, Energy and Logistics. These will demonstrate utility and transferable knowledge. This lecture will outline the current uses of unmanned systems and how they can be utilised with greater effectiveness in the coming years.  10:00-12:00. The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP http://www.theiet.org/events/local/252929.cfm

Thursday 29th March Salisbury - Museum of Army Flying Event

RAF 100. In November 1917, the House of Commons voted to create a third force, the Royal Air Force. Its task was the creation of air power, the Third Dimension. Paul Beaver reveals of the more interesting facts from his forthcoming Oxford University Press book of the First 100 Years. There will be some special guests to help amplify the stories and explain their own place in history. A curry supper is available from the Museum of Flying's 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 29th March Newport IoW – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network ****

Maritime Autonomy for the Royal Navy by Frank Cotton Engineering Fellow BAE Systems. A brief Isle of Wight Section annual review will precede this lecture. The increasing capability and reducing costs of modern threats are causing the RN to accelerate the adoption of novel technologies as early as possible.   One such technology is Autonomy – specifically the integration of autonomous air, surface and subsurface vehicles into the RN’s “Order of Battle”.   The long term vision is for the RN to be able to address the future threats with at minimum the current manpower requirements but ideally with significantly reduced manning. The talk will present some of the challenges in planning out the adoption of a relatively immature technology such as autonomy as well as how we go about proving the operational, safety and security aspects of such new technologies in realistic environments. 7:00 for 7:30 pm The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport – The Sail Loft room. Organised by the UK - South: Solent local network. Contact Dave Miller dave.j.millerATbaesystems.com or Jonathan Baker jonathan.bakerATbaesystems.com 03300 202520 for more information. http://www.theiet.org/events/local/250156.cfm

Thursday 29th March Yeovil - Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture

“Griffons, Merlin’s and Spitfires Speaker: Kevin Patience.   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 9th April Andover - Andover Strut Meeting

Lightnings and beyond by Vic Lockwood.   Vic Lockwood has been in Military and Civil Aviation for more than 47 years. He served with the RAF as a fighter pilot and then, on graduation from the Empire Test Pilots' School, carried out military test flying duties in the UK and USA. On leaving the RAF, he joined Flight Refuelling Aviation (Cobham) where he spent 20 years as the Company’s Chief Test Pilot. He has flown Warbirds such as Spitfire, Mustang and Harvard before buying his SE5a. Despite all this experience, Vic refers to himself as an 'old clapped out Lightning pilot'! 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

Southampton Model Aeroplane Club