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A round-up of Society press coverage highlights from May 2016.

EgyptAir Flight MS804

Royal Aeronautical Society experts were interviewed across all press channels in relation to the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight MS804 over the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May.

BBC News TV and BBC Radio 5 Live - Society Fellow Paul Edwards MBE was interviewed for BBC Radio 5 Live and participated in a live BBC News question and answer session on air travel with BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner.



BBC News TV, Radio 4 and BBC News Online - Society Fellow and member of the Society's Flight Operations Specialist Group Captain John Cox was interviewed on aircraft fires as co-author of the Society Specialist Paper from 2014 'Smoke, Fire and Fumes in Air Transport Aircraft'.

Captain Cox was also quoted, and the Society cited, in a number of UK-based and international press publications following claims that MS804 showed no sign of technical fault.

24 May - Reuters - EgyptAir crash: plane showed 'no signs of technical fault' preflight

Also covered in: The Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Express, The Guardian, Middle East Association, Irish Mirror, Lycos News, Destiny Man, The Star Online, Destiny Connect, Trade Arabia, Hindustan Times (India), Malaysian Digest (Malaysia), Than Dien Daily, Zee News, The Indian Express (India), Zawya.com, India Today, APA, Tempo.Co, Firstpost.com, InterAksyon.com, International Business Times, MSN.com, Yahoo! Finance, The News, Eyewitness News, Otago Daily Times, Tuoi Tre News (Vietnam), Radio New Zealand (New Zealand), Bonham Journal, Oman Tribune, The Jakarta Globe, Irish Times, The Hans India, VietNamNet Bridge, The News Daily, Stabroek News, NYSE Post, MSN Australia, The Guardian Nigeria.

Queen's Speech 2016

The Queen's Speech announced the Government's intention to introduce a Modern Transport Bill, aimed at supporting the civil UAS market and delivering the first operational UK spaceport by 2018.  The Society featured in the news in relation to this announcement.

BBC Daily Politics - Society Member and Member of the Society's Space Group Dr. Malcolm MacDonald was interviewed by Andrew Neil on BBC Daily Politics on 20 May.

Plymouth Herald - Society Head of Policy and Public Affairs Simon Whalley was quoted in the Plymouth Herald article 'Newquay...the final frontier. Plans for Cornish spaceport comes one small step closer'.

The Society's Space Group 'Spaceports UK' conference has also been mentioned again in the context of the Queen's Speech announcement, in the following publications:

23 May - Plymouth Herald - To Newquay and beyond - Cornwall could win the Space Race and Government moves the goalposts in Newquay spaceport bid.

24 May - Cornish Guardian - Challenge to space race bid

Other Coverage and Mentions

5 May - All Africa - Mauritius: RAeS President lauded strategy of making a Mauritius aviation hub.

Society Past President Martin Broadhurst OBE FRAeS quoted.

6 May - BBC Future - The Spitfires that nearly broke the sound barrier

Chair of the Society's Aerodynamics Specialist Group Rodney Irvine MRAeS interviewed and quoted.

Also covered in War History Online.

6 May - Surrey Advertiser - Exhibition takes a step back in time to focus on airport (Print copy only)

Coverage of the Society Heathrow Branch's exhibition to mark 70 years of innovative firsts at London Heathrow Airport as part of the Society's 150th Anniversary celebrations.

9 May - Daily Mail - Aviation experts baffled after British Airways A380 lands at Heathrow with a square tyre

Quote from Airwothiness and Maintenance Specialist Group member Kumar Mysore MRAeS.

Also covered in The Mirror, CNN, Drive Spark,Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand), Banharmasin Post, CanMua, Cairns Post (Australia), AOL Travel, Travelers Today, The Elites (Nigeria), Aero (Germany), Corriere Della Sera (Italy) and The Inquisitr.

13 May - Sleaford Target - "He was undervalued" - Exhibition celebrates life of Frank Whittle

Past President Martin Broadhurst OBE FRAeS is quoted on the life and contribution to the engineering profession of Sir Frank Whittle.

16 May - Flight Global - Taranis developers reveal test flight specifics

Mention of the Society's April 2016 HQ Lecture 'Flight Testing Taranis'

19 May - Aerospace Technology - UWE Bristol students to develop full electric aircraft

Announcement of plans for UWE to work closely with the CAA and the Society to help the establishment of regulations for future electric aircraft.

Also covered in ADS Advance.

20 May - BBC Radio Norfolk

Society Past President Jenny Body OBE FRAeS was interviewed on the issue of skills in the aerospace industry.

24 May - Quill or Capture - It's that most wonderful time of the year...

A mention of the Society pre-Farnborough Air Show (FAS) Press Lunch in a look ahead to FAS by one of the lunch guests.

25 May - ITV News (Anglia) - Blast off at school rocket building championships in Essex

RAeS Careers & Outreach Officer Jonathan Axford talks to ITV News (Anglia) about how the UK Rocketry Challenge can inspire more young people to consider careers in aerospace and aviation.

27 May - BBC Future - Why helicopter airliners haven't happened - yet

Chair of the Society's Rotorcraft Group Mike O'Donoghue CBE FRAeS is quoted.

27 May - Get Hampshire - Farnborough aviation history to be marked with £15,000 granite monolith

Article on the Society Farnborough Branch's plans to commemorate the location of the first manned and powered flight that took place in Britain.

Farnborough Branch Chairman Tim Cansdale FRAeS was also interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey on the commemoration plans.

27 May - The Engineer - Up in the air - A week in aerospace

Coverage of the Society's 'What Price Speed?' Propulsion Specialist Group conference.

28 May - The Daily Telegraph - How long can Britain's combat aircraft industry fly high for?

Immediate Past Chair of the Society's Air Power Group AM Iain McNicoll CB CBE FRAeS is quoted.

Also covered in MSN Money

28 May - The Debrief - Why do we have to put our phones on flight mode on an aeroplane?

Chair of the Society's Flight Operations Specialist Group Capt. Pete Terry FRAeS explains.

RAeS Policy and Public Affairs
1 June 2016