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FONFA is a charity established by aviation enthusiasts, veterans, authors and historians in the New Forest. FONFA’s Heritage Centre is in a former RAF Sopley building.

Derrit Lane, Sopley BH23 8HE. Turn first left as you enter the new housing estate

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East Boldre This book tells the story of the pioneering flights from 1910 to 1920.

Thursday 1st  December Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Christmas Lecture ****

Can you Speak Whale? The Importance of Sound to Marine Mammals Whales and dolphins have lots of senses, but sound is particularly important. In this talk, Harriet Bolt (Senior Marine Biology Analyst from the UK Hydrographic Office) will teach us how and why marine mammals use sound and how human activities in the ocean can make this difficult for them. By the end of the night, you will know a little bit more about how our aquatic friends communicate and what you can do to help protect them. You may even end up learning one or two words of whale! This interactive talk is the perfect mix of technical and fun; designed to interest & inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along! Because of the popularity of this event, the venue has been changed from its usual lecture location to Yeovil College. To ensure that all our young attendees have the best viewing experience possible, children will be given priority to sit in the front few rows. Doors will open at 18:00 with the lecture commencing at 18:30. Refreshments are available at cost, with proceeds going to charity. If you are intending on attending, please try to bring a Young Person! Main Hall, Kingston Building, Yeovil College, Mudford Road, Yeovil, BA21 4DR. If you have any queries, questions or would like to provide feedback, do not hesitate to contact the Branch via Yeovil+AT+aerosociety.com. Free to attend but you need to book online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-you-speak-whale-the-importance-of-sound-to-marine-mammals-tickets-465735195507?dm_i=4OGU%2C1FXRR%2C5MDZBW%2C6OKTF%2C1


Tuesday 6th December Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Roger Green Lecture ****

Roger Green Lecture. An insight to life on the battlefield from  the eyes of a Chinook crewman, speaker Liz McConaghy. Liz Mcconaghy will take us on a journey as a crewman on the Royal Air Force Chinook from 2001 – 2019. She will talk about her deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. She will describe the highs and lows that a life on the Chinook offers. She will also give an honest insight into her recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 19:30 - 21:30. Lectures are held at the Westminster Theatre, Farnborough College of Technology, Boundary Road, Farnborough, GU14 6SB. The Westminster Theatre is in the UCF Study Centre building close to the main entrance in Boundary Road. Contact jo.davies+AT+raes-volunteer.org or farnborough+AT+aerosociety.com.


Tuesday 6th December Bishop's Waltham – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

Alan Pickford - "The People's Mosquito." The People’s Mosquito  is a registered charity with the sole aim of  restoring and returning a UK-based DH.98 Mosquito to British and European skies. Once RL249 is flying  we will maintain and operate the restored aircraft, funded by public donation, sponsorship and income from sale of branded merchandise and other sources, with the intention of providing many hours of flying displays every year for the people of the UK.   Doors  open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. We meet in the Church Hall, off Free Street Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1EE. A location map and directions can be found in the 'ABOUT' section of this site. The fee for each meeting is normally £3.00. Website www.bwavg.co.uk.

Wednesday 7th December Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

'Wings Over Lee 1917-2022' a talk by Bob Wealthy. Bob was for many years secretary of Gosport Aviation Society and is chairman of the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society. Royal Naval Air Station Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus) was one of the primary shore airfields of the Fleet Air Arm. First established as a seaplane base in 1917 during the First World War, it later became the main training establishment and administrative centre of the Fleet Air Arm. The airfield closed for military use in 1996 and passed through several owners until 2014 when the current owners Fareham Borough Council bought the airfield and re-branded it as Solent Airport. The airfield hosts the Solent Enterprise Zone. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men's Conservative Club. Contact Mike Webster wmcbug+AT+aol.com

Thursday 8th December Guildford - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Surrey Network ****

Return to the Moon “Apollo” for a New Generation by Prof Craig Underwood, Head of the Planetary Environments Group - University of Surrey. Following the huge success of the Apollo moon landing missions between 1969 and 1972, US and Russian attention turned to Earth orbiting human spaceflight with the development of MIR, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. The idea of having humans living and working on the Moon by the 1980s was quietly forgotten. However, the discovery of water (ice) on the Moon in the 1990s has radically changed the practicability of lunar settlement, and the emergence of new space powers, in particular Europe, India and China has led to a new “space race” to the Moon. This talk presents the current mission proposals to land on the Moon, working towards a permanent “lunar village”.  7:00-8:00pm.   University of Surrey - Rik Medlik Building (Block MS), Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7JP. Register https://events.theiet.org/events/return-to-the-moon-1/


Monday 12th December Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

The History of Duxford Aviation Society (DAS) by David Norman from the Society.   When the Duxford Aviation Society (DAS) was formed in 1975, Duxford airfield was very different from the leading aviation museum it is today. Much of the airfield was being farmed and only a few of the buildings were usable, there having been little maintenance since the departure of the Royal Air Force in 1961. DAS’s predecessor, the East Anglian Aviation Society, had been formed in 1969 by a group of military aviation enthusiasts; they had done much work on the site to make the hangars and control tower serviceable and improve security. The Imperial War Museum (IWM) arrived in 1971, initially to store surplus large exhibits in one of the hangars, but later to develop its own aircraft collection at Duxford. 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 £5/non-members £7. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email info+AT+airaces.org.uk.

Monday 12th December Andover - Andover Strut

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

Tuesday 13th December Salisbury - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset and South Wilts Network Lecture ****

Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture: Engineering - my unexpected love affair by Rob Bell, TV presenter & engineer. With insights from his television career, Rob Bell will talk about how and why the wonderfully wide world of engineering has recaptured his heart after a 10 year hiatus following his graduation from university with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Please note tickets are £10, per person, which includes a wine and canapé reception. 6.30pm - 10pm. Salisbury Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 1JH. Register online https://events.theiet.org/events/arnold-barks-christmas-lecture-engineering-my-unexpected-love-affair/


Thursday 15th December Newport - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) IoW Lecture ****

RAF Search and Rescue Pilot's Experiences. Search And Rescue – Experiences, Flight Lieutenant Tony Gear RAF (Retd.) will discuss his experiences as an RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopter Pilot, initially flying with 202 Sqn SAR, then on a 5-year exchange with the United Sates Coast Guard (USCG) in Florida. Completing over 1000 rescues, saving over 3000 people and souls, all round the western world. Tony will describe his time on Seaking SAR Helicopters and what it could do, then relate to some notable experiences on several critical rescues and the decision-making involved in how best to accomplish the rescues. Doors open 5:30pm - lecture starts 6pm in the IoW College Conference Hall Medina Way, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TA. Contact Lewis Chatwin Secretary RAeS IoW Branch. More Info:- Graham Thomas - secretary+AT+aerosocietyiow.co.uk

Thursday 15th December Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Christmas Online Event

Christmas entertainment. There will be a quiz , a photo tour of a museum or two, a brief official RAeS video and other extras TBA. Online event on Zoom starting at 7:30. Request link by email to christchurch+AT+aerosociety.com. Contact Roger Starling e-mail christchurch+AT+aerosociety.com.

Saturday 17th December Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Have plane, will travel – Colin Hales. The aircraft in question is homebuilt, designed and built in various garages and sheds around the country, and the journey is one of extremes, a journey around the world, taking the aircraft and its pilot, our speaker, Colin Hales, to places no plane like this has ever been to before. What is so special about this aircraft? Well, its size for one thing, so small it would fit inside many family homes.   And the journey, travelling further distances than any similar-sized aircraft has travelled before and breaking down international boundaries that have stood since cold war days. So how was it done? How do you build your own plane, plan such a journey then fly around the world?   Come along and see for yourself … It’s a work in progress. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.   A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm.   Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members.   For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on  01590 614792 or email theresa.browning+AT+beaulieu.co.uk.

Tuesday 20th December Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Online Presentation

RAE Bedford Reminiscences by Pete Smith. Pete started his career as an RAF Air Defence Navigator on McDonnell-Douglas F4 Phantoms. Having completed the Aero Systems Course he worked in specialist R&D on simulators. He went to RAE Bedford from 1991-1994. He left the RAF whilst at Boscombe Down in 2004 but remained there as a civilian providing clearances for the Eurofighter Typhoon Release to Service until 2015. 19.00 online. Non-members and members whose email address is not known to BDAC who wish to join a presentation need to register securely with BDAC via the website. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/

Southampton Model Aeroplane Club

Events list courtesy Adrian Thomson. Please contact the event organiser for any queries and to check event details before a journey. Email addresses have +AT+ instead of @. **** indicates CPD acceptable