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Saturday 6th April Gosport - The Hovercraft Museum Open Days

The Hovercraft Museum is open most Saturdays 10 am until 4 pm except for a brief closure during the Winter period. In addition to these hours, we offer special events throughout the year.  We aim to have a summer season full of events and activities including the return of Hovertravel Ltd to provide pleasure flights around the Solent from our slipway on selected dates. Our volunteers will continue to get the collection ready for you to visit and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you through the gates once again! https://www.hovercraft-museum.org/


Friday 12th April Lyndhurst - New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Talk
The Wooden Wonder Development of the de Havilland Mosquito by Rod Dean. This talk covers development, construction, and use of the outstanding de Havilland Mosquito and all its variants. Operational use of the Mosquito is touched on but mainly to emphasize how the development of the aircraft enabled its use in many different roles. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £5 including light refreshments. Contact Stephen Robson: stephen.robson10+AT+btopenworld.co.uk

 

Sunday 14th April Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Event

London Bus Day. The South East’s biggest, longest-running and best-loved bus show is back and will be a fabulous day out for families and transport enthusiasts alike. The show is expected to attract around 100 visiting buses and coaches, old and new, from London and all over the UK. 10am – 5pm Normal Museum Admission prices apply. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0SL. Parking is in the main visitor car park. 

 

Monday 15th April Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Event

It is the everlasting debate!  Which was the best fighter of the Battle of Britain? Could it be the Spitfire, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or possibly even the Hurricane?  Join Historians Paul Beaver and Phoebe Style as they give their reasoned views during a debate at the Army Flying Museum – and who knows, they might even touch on the Bf 110 and Defiant as well! Join Paul and Phoebe in the Museum at 7pm on Monday 15th April. There will be the opportunity to buy a glass of wine or soft drink beforehand. 7pm. £12 to attend in person. Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8FB.

 

Tuesday 16th April Guildford - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Farnborough Lecture ****

The Templer Lecture - Modern Aircrew Escape Systems Challenges & Solutions by Mr Philip Rowles BEng (hons) CEng FRAeS Vice President of Engineering, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited. Martin-Baker is the world’s leading supplier of aircrew escape systems, having supplied 53% of the ejection seats currently in service globally, and having saved over 7700 aircrew lives since the first life saved in 1949. This lecture will include an introduction to the company and its history before focussing on the key challenges of aircrew emergency escape systems, and the solutions employed in modern systems. £3 donation invited from non-members. RAeS members, Branch Friends, Students: free. 19:30 - 21:00 BST. Farnborough College of Technology Boundary Road, Farnborough, GU14 6SB.  Contact for further information: Jo Davies – jo.davies+AT+raes-volunteer.org.

 

Wednesday 17th April Weybridge  – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture ****

Development of UK airspace and its use over the next 20 years by Mr Russell Porter, Head of New User Engagement at NATS. A lecture on the radical overhaul & development of UK airspace to ensure the seamless introduction of new air systems into an already complex system. 18:45 - 21:00. Meetings are held at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN (normally in the Bluebird Room). The private Brooklands Club Members bar is open to us from 6pm – please use card payment for drinks. There is a pre order facility for food (please contact wraesmemsec+AT+outlook.com no later than 7 days prior). Meal served from 17:45. All are welcome (RAeS membership is not required). There is an entry donation of £5.00 (please use card payment) at the door. This donation is not expected from those under the age of 21 or holders of a current Student Union card. Certificates of Attendance for C.Eng or CPD purposes are available on request.

 

Thursday 18th April Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture

The Reggie Brie Young Members Lecture Competition 2024 The Reggie Brie Award is given to the winner of the annual young person’s lecture competition that the RAeS Yeovil Branch holds for members, or non-members, under the age of 30 (on the day of the competition). The competitors each present on an aerospace or aviation technical/business related topic, of their choice, for approximately 20 minutes, before receiving questions from the audience. A panel of judges then assess each competitor against a set of criteria that places emphasis on presentation skills. All successful applicants who speak at the competition receive £50, with the first-place speaker receiving £250 and the Reggie Brie Award. 18:00 - 20:30 GMT. iAero Centre at Leonardo Helicopters, iAero Centre, Leonardo Helicopters Airfield, Bunford Lane, Yeovil, BA20 2GL. For more details, please contact either: Alisdair Wood: Alisdair.Wood+AT+leonardocompany.com or David McCallum: David.Mccallum+AT+leonardocompany.com

 

Friday 19th April Dibden Purlieu - New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association Talk

Stoney Cross & D-Day: From Gliders to Lightning Strikes. Tickets have now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on a standby list, please email us. We will also ask the speaker for a repeat date and then email you when that is arranged. St. Andrew’s Centre in Dibden Purlieu. Tickets £5 in advance from nfhwa.org include free refreshments. https://nfhwa.org/events/

 

Monday 22nd April Swindon - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event ****

AGM of Railway Division Southwest Centre followed by Network Rail Air Operations Technical lecture by Chris Ashworth, national aerial survey specialist explains Network Rail’s use of helicopters and drones for inspection of the infrastructure. This FREE joint event is hosted hosted by the IMechE is open to the general public. IET members and the general public must register on the IET website to attend in the normal way. Maximum of 20 people. 17:00-19:00. Western House – Swindon, 1, Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 1BD. Contact email - Swindon+AT+ietvolunteer.org More Information and to book your place at https://bit.ly/SwindonIET_EngX

 

Monday 22nd April Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES

Experimental Test Pilot by Chris Taylor (Test Pilot with over 400 types).  Chris Taylor has had a highly successful career as a Royal Navy officer, helicopter pilot, test pilot, instructor and as an internationally acclaimed civil certification test pilot. Members £5/Guests £10. There is no need to book tickets in advance - they can be purchased at the door on the night. 19:00 for 19:30 start. New venue Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street, Boxgrove Chichester PO18 0EE. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email info+AT+airaces.org.uk

 

Tuesday 23rd April Farnborough - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

Wartime Dispersals from the RAE, in particular to Ambarrow Court in 1940 Presented by Doug Bateman.  7.30pm Simon Jarvis Lecture Theatre, Farnborough 6th Form College, Sand Hill, Farnborough GU14 8JS.  Free to FAST Association members. Guests and non-members very welcome with a donation to FAST of £5.00.

 

Wednesday 24th April Gosport - Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group Meeting

The Group meets socially on a monthly basis on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start in the Royal Naval Association Club on Aerodrome Road occasionally a change in start time or date is needed so please check the 'Programme of Talks' page. Most meetings include a guest speaker. Visitors are welcome but there will be an admission charge for them of £5.00 when a speaker is present. Chairman Terry Coombes terryc037+AT+gmail.com. https://www.daedalusaviation.org/meetings.

 

Thursday 25th April Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

Journey to Becoming a Boeing 777 Captain and How You Can Become One Too! Captain Suzanne Morgan will share her journey to becoming a Captain with British Airways. She will also talk about the new Speedbird Academy and how to progress through the application process! 18:30-20:00 GMT Doors open at 18:00 start 18:30. Physics Building, Lecture Theatre C, Room 46/2005, University of Southampton, Chamberlain Road, Southampton, SO17 1PS. Contact Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solent+AT+aerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk

 

Thursday 25th April Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch ONLINE Lecture ****

Event TBA. This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. This lecture will be presented using the Zoom platform.  You do not need a Zoom account to take part.  To book your place, please e-mail christchurch+AT+aerosociety.com.

 

Tuesday 30th April Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Lecture TBA. On-site lectures are typically held in the lecture theatre at MoD Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF, and begin at 17:15. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Online lectures are held on Microsoft Teams Live and begin at 17:30. 

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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
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