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If you can answer questions on topics such as Airlines and Operations, Unmanned Aircraft and Aircraft Recognition, this annual event - organised by the Young Persons Committee of the Royal Aeronautical Society - is the perfect opportunity to show off your aero knowledge and as well as test your practical skills.
‘Royal International Air Tattoo – United Nations of the Air’
Tim Prince OBE - Chief Executive, RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises
23rd Folland Lecture & Dinner
Hatherley Manor Hotel, Gloucester GL2 9QA
18.45 for 19.00 Lecture
Atlas A400M - the Early Years
‘(Flight) Trials and Tribulations’
AGM + Talk on the history of British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC).
AGM at 18:45 followed by refreshments and lecture at 19:15.
Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free)
David Allerton will describe the background and technology behind the Global Positioning System which is now central to our lives from the location of mobile phones and navigation for hiking, through to use with building construction and aircraft automatic approach and landing systems.
Innovative Air Traffic Management Research
This lecture will be preceded by the AGM at 17:00 and will be followed by a wine reception.
Trenchard Memorial Lecture
Gatwick branch Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free)
Defence Academy & Swindon Branch
This lecture is being organised by the Aerodynamics Group.
This follow on workshop from September 2014 will facilitate UK civil and military operators, regulators, academia and industry to provide comment and input in EUROCAE WG73 responsible for development of RPAS DAA regulations.
Talk on British involvement in Space
During the past 70 years, the development of surveillance radar has naturally been focused on engineering improvement in the radar itself, based on the approach pioneered in the 1940s. However, in the last 15 years, a number of authorities have found a deficit in the rate of fundamental advance in radar applications.
FAA Yeovilton Branch
Minding the gap: Flight control in complex environments
The Supervision of Air Displays in the UK - Roger Beazley
The ESC invites interested parties to join the Royal Aeronautical Society’s second Education and Skills Seminar taking place on Monday 23 March 2015 at RAeS HQ. This seminar will discuss the pre-election skills landscape with Jenny Body, Chair of the Education and Skills Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society, providing an update on the Society’s current actions in this field.
The J D North Lecture
Subject The Bell AW609 tilt rotor and the Bell 625 Relentless control systems
RAeS Stevenage Branch Lecture on 'Young Person’s Lecture Competition' with various young lecturers.
This talk will commence with a brief intro of the speaker and a review of the aircraft history.
The speaker will then cover the initial cadre, through the acceptance of ZM400 last year to where we are, with a reasonable look at the future, because there is a long and challenging road ahead, well into 2020.
The Lecture is free for all
The Chadwick Dinner will follow the lecture. To register for the Dinner please send a cheque for £30.00 made out to the RAeS Manchester Branch to our Treasu
Head up Displays have advanced greatly since they were introduced in the 1960's. The talk will cover the latest thinking on these systems which are essential for modern, particularly military, aircraft.
Cardiff Branch Ernest Willows Annual Lecture
This lecture will be given by Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta Flight Director at the European Space Agency (please note that the speaker has changed and is no longer Paolo Ferri, Head of the Mission Operations Department, European Space Operations Centre, European Space Agency).
The Future of Airships.
Joint meeting with ImechE & University of Surrey
Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free)
19:00 for 19:30
Joint Lecture with IMechE
This lecture will follow Day 1 of the Flight Operations Group (FOG) Conference. The lecture will be given by Dr Kathy Abbott FRAeS, Chief Scientific and Technical Scientific Advisor, Flight Deck Human Factors, from the Federal Aviation Administration. More details will follow soon.
This conference will examine the role of the flight operations manager. Leading airlines from around the world will present their best practices and advice.
Gliding and soaring have held a mutual relationship with mainstream aviation developments ever since the experiments of Sir George Cayley in 1852, through to the birth of modern aviation in the 1900’s and to the present day.
Annual Lecture Competition
Sir Freddy Page Lecture
Solent Branch: Professor Richard Holdaway, CBE, FREng
F-35 Lightning II – A Fifth Generation Fighter
This lecture held in partnership with the IET and IMechE will consider the growth and multiple applications of non-military RPAS's.
The Battle of Britain - by Chris Wren, Battle of Britain Bunker, RAF UXbridge
An overview of current acquisition trends in the aerospace and defence sector.
Following the success of our Autumn recruitment fair in recent years, the Royal Aeronautical Society is launching a NEW Spring event, Career FLIGHTPATH LIVE, which will debut on Friday 6 March 2015 at the Society’s beautiful headquarters building in Mayfair, London.
This lecture will be given by Wg Cdr Graeme Maidment, Head Of Aviation Pathology Department, Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine.
This conference is being organised by the Aerospace Medicine Group and will examine the issues pertaining to a variety of sport and recreational activities involving flying.
'Skynet Satellite Operations' by Pete Kirkpatrick.
A joint event with the RIN, incorporating the annual RIN Anderson Memorial Lecture
Talk on aviation and defence photography by Zaid Meherali, President of Basingstoke Camera Club
Each participant will present a 15 minute presentation on any Aerospace topic of their choice.
The prize for the winner of the competition will be £150 along with entry into the International NE ROWE Competition!
It will allow great recognition and would also tick a box for CEng competencies.
Director Public Affairs. Vector Aerospace.
At this conference the speakers will give their perspective on what is being done to raise security standards without causing more burdens for airports, operators, passengers and traders. If growth occurs both criteria must be met.
Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free)
Joe Morrall Award Lectures
Branch Young Members
Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Cosford Branch
The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies explore a variety of air power related topics ranging from historical themes to contemporary issues.
18th February 2015
POLICE HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
Lecture by Captain Rod Grainger and Andy Shaw Senior Police Pilots of Greater Manchester Police.
Wednesday 18th February 7pm in Room B2 at the Newton Building , University of Salford.
This talk will overview the National Police Air Service (NPAS) locations etc and then concentrate on NPAS Barton and the various roles and types of jobs with videos to show each role, ie offender searches and vehicle pursuits.
Group Captain Pete Cracroft, Station Commander, RAF Valley talks about fast jet training in the Royal Air Force and his experience as a fast jet pilot.
Arrivals between 18:30 - 19:00 with talk commencing at 19:00.
History of the Rolls-Royce RB211 Jet Engine.
19:00 for 19:30
Toulouse Branch - Rolls-Royce Mini-Lecture Competition - followed by Speaker from Rolls-Royce.
The General Aviation Group will be holding their first lecture of 2015 on Tuesday 17 February. The talk will be given by Keith Dennison FRAeS, Chief Test Pilot, e-Go Aeroplanes.
This lecture will be given by Martin Agnew, R&T and Innovations Coordinator at Airbus Defence and Space.
A briefing on the outlook for the global aerospace and defence industry.
"The History of Brimstone"
This lecture will cover the history of the Harrier from first concept to development and the service life of the aircraft, up to and including its participation in the Falklands War in 1982.
Join the Royal Aeronautical Society on 5 February as Dennis Scott will highlight some significant cultural and operational differences between China SOEs’ and Western thinking, and explain how this is a major barrier to the undertaking of highly integrated projects such as commercial aircraft development in China. This lecture is held in conjunction with UKTI and ADS.
'Test Flying the Eurofighter Typhoon' by Stuart Reed.
The lifeboat will be built at the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole and will go into service in Swanage.
The Whittle Lecture: a Joint event with IMechE and IET
This lecture has been postponed until a later date. Please re-visit the Events webpage for the new date and further information.
Taking examples from the Tiger, X3 and unmanned helicopter programs Andrew Warner will describe the most significant risks in helicopter flight test and operation and how to tackle them effectively and with the right priorities.
8PM at the ConcordeRestaurant
The Runway Visitor Park,WA15 8XQ
As a result of the Soviet threat leading to the cold war the Air Ministry issued spec B35/36 which called for a 10 000lb four engine jet able to cruise at 50 000ft at 500kt with an operational radius of 500 miles combined with a take off distance of 1500 ft in a cross wind od 20kt in tropical conditions!
Why did the AVRO designers opt for such a r
A briefing by the Rt Hon Geoff Hoon on sovereign capability v buying off the shelf.
Dale Tutt, the Scorpion Programme Manager, and Dan Hinson, the Chief Test Pilot, relate the story of the Textron AirLand Scorpion from a clean sheet design to the first flight of the Scorpion in less than 2 years.
RAeS Stevenage Branch Lecture on 'Enforcer Weapon System'
UK military forces are guided in their actions by UK Defence Doctrine. This body of fundamental principles has evolved over time using lessons from history and the experiences of operations and exercises. Focusing on air and space power doctrine, the lecture will look at its foundations, purpose, strengths, weaknesses and core roles. It will also suggest how it might change in the future.
Annual quiz evening
Inmarsat are unable to give their lecture on the 16th December, and David Cook, Independent Consultant and Journalist President of the RAeS Paris Branch, has kindly agreed to step in on Wednesday the 17th December to give a lecture about the use of composite materials in aircraft engines.
Established to honour the successful and experienced mechanical engineers who completed the first successful controlled powered flight on 17 December 1903, the Wilbur & Orville Wright Lecture is the principal event in the Society’s year, given by distinguished members of the US and UK aerospace communities. The 2014 Lecture will be given by Patrick M Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International, who will speak on 'Global Growth in Aviation's Second Century'.
Brough Branch - Joint Lecture with IMechE
55 years of flying fun -
“Puma HC Mk2 – Life Extension Programme – A Flight Test View”
Adrian Neve, Jon Hughes and Dave Marsden
Defence Academy & Swindon Branch
This lecture, presented by Matthew Sexton of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, part of the Safran Group, is subtitled ‘What goes up must come down’. Matthew aims to show the development of aircraft landing gear from their early beginnings to current times. He will illustrate how landing gear have kept pace with developments in aircraft design and will provide a glimpse of what the future might hold.
Matthew Sexton was educated at Southampton University and gained a BSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics fo
An Overview of Hybrid Aircraft and the Airlander - Combining the Best of Aerodynamic and Aerostatic Lift
The RAeS is excited to bring you the Aero ‘Pub’ Quiz 2014 - the perfect opportunity to relax and have a laugh with friends and colleagues, whilst showing off your general and aero knowledge! Start recruiting your team or come as an individual - no need to be a member, everyone is welcome!
Adventures of an Aerospace Journalist
Isle of Wight Branch
This Flight Test Lecture will be delivered by Peter Kosogorin, Project Test Pilot, Military Air Information and Information, BAE Systems.
Dame DeAnne will give her assessment of Britain's current economic situation: is the recovery sustainable or is it just a temporary bounceback from the recession, propped up by unnaturally low interest rates and threatened by the outcome of the Scottish referendum, the election next May and the possible vote in 2017 on leaving the EU?
Boscombe Down Branch
This lecture is being organised by the RAeS Space Group.
Join us for the 2014 Young Persons Lecture and Medals & Awards Evening. Steve Fenwick, Head of Full Size Car CFD, Lotus F1 will be giving the lecture following the presentation of the Young Persons' Medals & Awards.
The 2014 Women in Aviation and Aerospace conference will focus on professional development and mentoring.
‘Airbus A400M Flight Test Programme’
Anthony Flynn – Test Pilot, Airbus Defence & Space
The Derby Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is pleased to announce a new and additional lecture to our previously publicised lecture programme for 2014/15. NASA Glenn Research Center Director, James Free, will be visiting Rolls-Royce Derby on Thursday 20th November and has kindly agreed to present an evening lecture to the Branch on the history of research at the Glenn Facility. Please see attached further details and poster for the lecture.
There is no pre-registration for this event
This Named Lecture honours Major Kenneth Beaumont CBE, DSO, MA (Oxon), AFRAeS. Beaumont was the UK’s most prominent name in air law in his age, after starting as technical advisor to Imperial Airways in the mid-1920s. For many years his firm, Beaumont and Son, was one of the leading aviation practices in the world. He was also a founding editor of Shawcross and Beaumont on Air Law, which was first published in 1945 and remains the leading textbook to this day.
Air Marshall Cliff Spink will describe his experiences when flying veteran aircraft including Supermarine Spitfires and Mescherschmidt ME109 fighters.
Belgian Air Force Operations in Libya
In late 1945 the Royal Aircraft Establishment hosted displays of German and British aircraft and equipment. It was the first opportunity that many people had to see - in detail and up close - a wide range of aircraft that until recently had been either closely guarded, or cause for alarm.
This year important changes are happening which will have a direct effect on light aircraft design in the UK. The CAA has launched its new General Aviation Unit. The ambitious plans for the new Unit will be presented. Also the collaboration between the RAeS GA Group and the CAA to create new regulations covering proof-of-concept experimental flying is coming to fruition and will be explained.
Now in its 7th year, the RAeS Aerospace & Aviation Book Fair offers a great opportunity for both aviation enthusiasts and those with a general interest to come, browse and buy from a wide selection of aviation books and publications from a fantastic range of industry publishers.
The objectives of this conference are to examine the recent advances made in the design and use of this class of devices and to identify specific areas of simulation design and data provisioning that requires future enhancement so that further training capabilities and fidelity can be realised.
Capt Richard De Crespigny discusses his experiences at this HQ lecture.
This joint lecture in collaboration with the IMechE will cover the early development of the engine from 1960 to 1980 and reveal for the first time the full technical story behind the company going into receivership.
Careers in Aerospace LIVE is the only UK recruitment fair dedicated to aerospace and aviation and unites the Society's close links with industry and those seeking employment in aerospace and aviation. This is a unique opportunity to meet potential employers at the only UK recruitment fair dedicated to the aerospace and aviation community. Exhibitors from across the industry are available to answer your questions and give you information on their recruitment opportunities.
The focus of this year's event is on Air Safety over recent years, key trends in technology and flight operations that are likely to drive the future aerospace industry.
The new CEO of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, will deliver the 2014 Brabazon Lecture. The Brabazon Lecture is held in honour of Lord Brabazon of Tara. Born in London on 8 February 1884, J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon became one of British aviation's true pioneers and, in his political career played an important role in the planning of civil aviation for the years following WW2.
Apache Ops in Afghanistan by Maj Simon Wilsey, OC 664 Sqn AAC
This conference aims to bring together the global research aircraft operating community to share lessons and capabilities, as well as future plans for both campaigns and facility improvements. This conference is aimed at all participants in the planning, management and execution of airborne research programmes, both manned and unmanned, and both scientifically and aeronautically oriented.
The Safety Management Symposium aims to provide a series of presentations from various organisations to explain, using relevant examples, the challenges they face when managing complex safety systems.
The Airworthiness & Maintenance Group will be holding a half day workshop on Thursday 30 October and will focus on the growing trend towards Hourly Usage Agreements between aircraft operators and service providers.
This conference aims to explore the current and future capabilities of platforms and weapon systems. This event is classified and open to UK nationals only.
“Antarctic Helicopter Operations”
Lt Cdr Lee Evans
This lecture will be given by Dr Volker Damann, Head of the Space Medicine Office at the European Space Agency.
Following on from two previous related events, the aim of this workshop will be to initiate a process that delivers an industry-wide approach towards achieving Maintenance Credits and will focus on two areas in particular:
• Data interoperability standards
• Early engagement with regulatory bodies when introducing new IVHM technologies
Related areas including the process of achieving maintenance credits, the required evidence base and regulatory hurdles will also be considered.
Jet Age Museum
Meteor Park, Cheltenham Road East,
Gloucester. GL2 9QL
18:30 for Museum 19:30 for Lecture
The aim of this conference is to assess how aviation's impact on the environment can be reduced. The latest low carbon propulsion and fuel options for aviation will be reviewed and key questions will be addressed.
Sir Peter will draw on his experience of the 2010 SDSR and of the development and publication of the 2012 White Paper, “National Security Through Technology” as well as his involvement In the Defence Growth Partnership, to reflect on what industry should expect – and seek – in the 2015 SDSR.
The development and engineering behind Project Bloodhound
‘A year with the Red Arrows’
Wing Commander Ross Priday - Previously Senior Engineering Officer, Red Arrows
David Owens will describe how Airbus is training flight crews for resilience.
28th Sir Henry Tizard Event
“F-35 Flight Testing”
Wg Cdr Jim Schofield
Ticketed Event Only
Allan Robb will explain some of the innovative ways that have enabled NATS to deliver tangible improvements to safety, capacity, value and environmental impact of Air Traffic Control. These will include deploying systems that provide more strategic control of aircraft which will eventually move to the point where an aircraft has a four-dimensional clearance from take-off to landing, how they are helping aircraft reduce their CO2 output and what they are doing to mitigate the effect of wind farm
The Conference will examine future opportunities and challenges, novel and contentious solutions, and the potential benefits of pushing the boundaries further. It will ask questions and seek solutions.
The 4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference is hosted by Queen’s University Belfast which is internationally recognised as a leading university devoted to teaching and research in engineering with particular expertise in aeronautical engineering. Please visit www.aerosociety.com for more information on the venue and host city.
I Used to be an RAeS Branch Chairman – So What Happened Next ? by Gp Capt Andy Tait
The Cierva Lecture is named after Juan de la Cierva, FRAeS, an aeronautical engineer who pioneered rotary flight. In 1926 with the backing of the Weir brothers he formed the Cierva Autogiro Company and it was his development of rotor blade design and articulated rotor blades, which played a major role in the first successful helicopter in 1936.
The need to attract, inspire, recruit and train new staff on a sustainable basis has long been recognised by the aviation and aerospace sectors. New opportunities and pathways are now becoming available that will enable the industry to start filling the “skills gap”. The Society's second annual Education and Skills Conference will look at how various organisations and industry partners are working together to address skills needs for the aerospace and aviation sector, from engaging with and trai
This workshop will bring RPAS civil, government and military operators, regulators, RPAS manufacturers and technology developers together to better understand and discuss the "detect and avoid" challenge.
The Brussels Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society invites you to attend a talk by Major General Albert Husniaux, NATO's Chief Scientist, at EUROCONTROL's Headquarters on 23 September 2014 at 18h00.
This lecture honours Capt Ray Jones, one of the Flight Simulation Groups founding members and celebrates his contribution to the development of the group, the advancement in the art and science of flight simulation and in particular application in the training of civil airline pilots.
This event is fully booked and a waiting list is being held in case of cancellations.
The 2014 Conference on Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 September at the Society’s Headquarters in London will examine the work undertaken by the International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC) and seek to determine what further work is required and under what auspices it should be conducted
This event has been CANCELLED.
Glouc & Chelt Branch
Professor Frédéric DEHAIS will describe the research on pilot behaviour carried out in the university ISAE-SUPAERO using their own built flight simulator and neurological measuring equipment.
Lincoln WWI Aviation Engineering by Peter Robinson
This penultimate lecture of 2014 explores the story of how cutaways started over a hundred years ago and how the cutaway artwork evolved into the cutaway of today.
The Airlander combines the best of aeroplanes, helicopters, hovercraft and airship design to produce the largest, and one of the greenest and most innovative aircraft presently available.
The European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) is one of the premier events in the rotorcraft
community’s calendar, bringing together manufacturers, research centres, academia,
operators and regulatory agencies to discuss advances in research, development, design,
manufacturing, testing and operation of rotorcraft.
The Lanchester Lecture was set up to honour Frederick William Lanchester, HonFRAeS, Britain’s first great aerodynamicist. He is best known for designing and building the first British petrol driven four wheeled motor car (in 1895) and for his work on the theory of fl ight and design of aircraft. Lanchester’s work on stability was fundamental to aviation and he formulated the first comprehensive theory of lift and drag.
The 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society Biennial Applied Aerodynamics Research Conference will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of aspects of the advanced aero concepts, design and operations, covering both the research and the applications.
This event will bring a panel of senior figures working in aviation together to discuss diversity in the industry, with a particular focus on the role of women and the challenges they face developing their career.
A popular and glamorous reception at the Society's outstanding Mayfair venue taking place during the Farnborough Air Show week. Please note, attendance at this event is strictly by invitation.
This RAeS Named Lecture was established in 1990 to honour Sir Thomas Sopwith CBE, Hon FRAeS. In the years prior to World War I, Sopwith became England’s premier aviator and established the first authoritative test pilot school in the world. He also founded England’s first major flight school. Between 1912 and 1920 Sopwith’s Company produced over 16,000 aircraft of 60 types.
This conference will focus on automation in modern complex helicopters engaged in offshore operations world-wide, and the underlying design, operational and training issues. The Royal Aeronautical Society, as an independent body with a wide spectrum of aeronautical disciplines is uniquely placed to bring interested parties together to discuss and influence ways in which helicopter design, operation and training can be further improved to increase operational effectiveness, while raising the bar
The Air Law Annual Summer Reception will take place on Wednesday 2nd July 2014. Tickets cost £30.00 + VAT.
By July 2015 all EU traders must sign up to consumer ADR systems to handle consumer complaints. A pan-EU framework of consumer ADR entities is being created. There are major implications for all business sectors over choice and design of new frameworks, and ADR entities and ombudsmen.
Inaugural Gerhard Sedlmayr Lecture to honour the achievements of this German aviation pioneer (1891-1952). He dedicated his life to the design and manufacture of aircraft safety equipmant -
A perspective on the new DE&S entity, implementation plans and how industry might be affected.
Toulouse Branch - Informal Annual Dinner held at Chateau de Larroque 40 km West of Toulouse airport - www.ChateauLarroque.fr
Autonomous Unmanned Air Systems in Civil Airspace
Book launch of "From Lysander to Lightning: Teddy Petter, Aircraft Designer" to be hosted by the Yeovil Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
An enjoyable day out for golfers of all levels, the Royal Aeronautical Society Golf Day is ideal for networking in a relaxed and informal setting.
Branch lecture: Unmanned Cargo Resupply - Dream or Reality?
This lecture is being organised by the Space Specialist Group.
History of the Hawk (1st flight 40th anniversary)
A perspective from BALPA on managing the future pilot shortage.
Remotely pilot aircraft are still not yet a feature of everyday life however the numbers in use is growing rapidly and the range of operations that they support is increasing. This conference will provide an essential understanding of the factors which are supporting the proliferation of civil use as well as providing clear insights into the regulatory and other constraints in place to ensure public safety and privacy.
This lecture by the Historical Group will cover the introduction of the jet aircraft into RAF service, the challenges and the significant contribution made by Sir Frank Whittle.
The Edwin a Link Lecture was established in 2007 to honour Edwin a Link, the distinguished pioneer of synthetic training.
The aim of this flight simulation conference is to discuss the challenges associated with keeping flight simulators current and capable from both a concurrency and technological aspect. This applies to military and civil flight simulators across the fixed wing and rotary wing communities and includes full flight simulators as well as lower level devices.
This Air Power group lecture will see Air Commodore David Best outline the incredible breadth of roles which airpower plays in the Afghan campaign.
This lecture will be hosted by the Flight Test Group.
The Royal Aeronautical Society Annual Banquet is a key social and networking event attracting over 500 guests drawn from all sectors of the aerospace community.
Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk in which
Mr Roger Smith, curator at Stow Maries Aerodrome, the only surviving World War I aerodrome which is being refurbished and has been opened as a museum will talk about Britain's Air Defences in World War I.
Lecture given by Tony Edwards BSc MBA CEng FRAeS – Gloucester and Cheltenham Branch
Toulouse Branch - History of Martin-Baker Ejection Seats given by Steve ROBERTS of Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, held at Airbus SAS/HQ 3km from Toulouse airport.
This conference looks to address the concern that Europe has insufficient capability to prove future Weapon Systems.