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A round-up of Society press coverage highlights and mentions from July 2016.

Amazon Drone Delivery Trial and Public Attitudes to Drones

Society Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Simon Whalley, appeared on a number of news outlets to discuss and provide expert view on the announcement on 26 July that Amazon will be working with the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to trial beyond-line-of-sight drone operations for parcel delivery.  Appearances included BBC Radio Leicester and Talk Radio, as well as participating in a live Facebook chat with BBC Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott:

Simon Whalley, Head of Policy and Public Affairs (second left) with Richard Westcott, BBC Transport Correspondent (far right)

Also, Dr. David Goldberg, member of the Society's UAS Specialist Group, was interviewed by The Telegraph - Can Amazon's drones deliver the Back to the Future world? - 31 July.  Also covered by Times LIVE (South Africa),

The Royal Aeronautical Society published on Thursday 16 June new polling data revealing current public attitudes to drone use in the UK.  Publication of the results continues to receive coverage:

12 July - Air Cargo News - Public would welcome drones, says survey

12 July - New Cision (USA) - Public opinion shows support for commercial use of drones, says ConsortiQ


13 July - Professional Security - Support for drone use

13 July - Air Cargo News - Drones could be more than cargo carriers

Farnborough International Air Show

Ahead of Farnborough, Society President Elect ACM Sir Stephen Dalton FRAeS spoke to Shephard Media about the current state of the armed forces in the UK

Other Society Coverage and Mentions

1 July - Somerset Standard - Yeovilton Air Day 2016: Seven things to do which don't involve air displays

Mention of the Society's wind tunnel project.

1 July - Halldale Group - Guiding aircrew mental health and well being

Mention of the Society's Air Law Conference 'Do airlines really understand pilot suicide?' conference on 28 June.

8 July - Manx.net - Manx stamps wing their way over to this year's Royal International Air Tattoo Show

Coverage of the commemorative stamps produced to mark the Society's 150th anniversary year.

9 July - Halifax Courier - School's flying idea takes off

Coverage of the results of the Society's Falcon Initiative flight-simulator design competition finals.

11 July - Noodls - Sir Michael Arthur, president Boeing Europe and managing director Boeing UK and Ireland

Society mention in Sir Michael Arthur's speech to the Aviation Club, London, on 6 July.

11 July - Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard - VIDEO AND PICTURES: Inside the Techno Zone at Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

Mention of the Society's exhibition presence at RIAT 2016.

12 July - Aertec Solutions - Guest Column

Society President Professor Chris Atkin FRAeS wrote the Guest Column for the Aertec Solutions (Society Corporate Partners) website.

13 July - The Telegraph - Armoured Aircraft: QinetiQ invents 'smart metal' for jets to protect against hits from birds and drones

Society Structures and Materials Specialist Group Chair, Dr. Malcolm Nash, is interviwed,

14 July - The Register - Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

Mention of Society Insight Blog piece called 'Light sabre rattling'

14 July - BBC Future - Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

Based in part on an interview with Dr. Simon Weeks FRAeS, chair of the Society's Propulsion Specialist Group

15 July - ADS Advance - FIA 2016: Boeing celebrates its centennial

Mention of the Schools 'Build a Plane Challenge' presence at Farnborough Air Show 2016.

21 July - Daily Express - Aircraft take to the skies for legendary test pilot Eric 'Winkle' Melrose-Brown's farewell

Mention that Capt. Eric Brown had been president of the Society.

25 July - Stroud News and Journal - Royal visits announced as Three Choirs Festival gets underway in Gloucester

Mention of part of the celebrations to mark that Society's 150th anniversary year.  Also in Seen and Heard International.

30 July - Kingston Guardian - Inspirational scientist tells students to 'Say yes to everything, you are good enough' at Kingston University honorary doctorate ceremony

Past President Jenny Body OBE FRAeS receives an honorary doctorate from Kingston University.  The university praised her commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics development in schools and diversity in the industry.

RAeS Policy and Public Affairs
1 August 2016