The 2011 Handley Page Lecture was organised jointly by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association and was given by Dougie Hunter of the ARA.
Sir Frederick Handley Page was one of the greatest figures in British Aviation. He created his company in 1909 and led it for more than half a century until his death in 1962. He was both a Past President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the College of Aeronautics. The Cranfield Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society both wished to honour his memory by creating the Handley Page Memorial Lecture and decided to do this in partnership, with the lecture being organised and delivered in alternate years at Cranfield and Hamilton Place. The first Handley Page Memorial Lecture was delivered by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the then Cranfield College of Aeronautics on 21st May 1963. The title of his lecture was “Education for Technology.” In recent years the Cranfield involvement has continued under the aegis of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association who are pleased to support the lecture and the reception. Dougie Hunter describes the development of the Aircraft Research Association (ARA) and focus on some of the technology developed by ARA. In addition, the podcast outlines some of the programmes that have been worked on by ARA, before describing the current status of the ARA technology and the developments planned for the near future.
About the speaker: Dougie Hunter, CEO, Aircraft Research Association
Dougie Hunter joined ARA as the Chief Executive Office in August 2007. Mr Douglas Hunter, B.Sc., M.Sc. Dougie was educated at Dundee and Cranfield Institutes of Technology, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Design, respectively. He joins ARA having held senior positions within BAE SYSTEMS and Airbus, most recently as Chief Engineer for the A350.