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Saturday 2nd March Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Event

An Evening with Former Concorde Pilot, John Tye Following the successful launch of his memoir, ‘Life of a Concorde Pilot - From the Orphanage to The Edge of Space’, Captain John Tye will host a welcome reception, followed by a two course meal  on Saturday 2nd March, the 55th anniversary of the first Concorde flight from Toulouse.   This will be followed by an in depth presentation and the opportunity to ask John questions before the evening concludes with a book signing session. Welcome  Fizz Reception  at 6.30pm, Two course Concorde Captains' Dinner in the prestigious Clubhouse  at 7pm.Presentation and Question and answers with  Concorde Pilot John Tye. Non members - £75, Museum admission is needed with this ticket. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge  KT13 0SL. Parking is in the main visitor car park. https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/an-evening-with-concorde-pilot-john-tye-2nd-march

  

Saturday 2nd March 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/

  

Tuesday 5th March Bishop's Waltham – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

Paul Beaver –Patron’s Night - 'Winkle and German Jets' Our Patron, Paul Beaver makes a welcome return following the publication of his recent biography of his friend and our past BWAG patron Eric Brown. Eric tested a variety of captured German aircraft both during and after the war, flying a rocket powered Messerschmitt Me 163, jet powered Messerschmitt Me 262 and Arado Ar234. It was dangerous work, the aircraft were particularly unreliable. Brown’s ability to speak fluent German gained the trust of many ex-Luftwaffe ground crew, who assisted in the preparation of captured aircraft for their flights in Germany and to the U.K.   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 6th March Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Sydney Camm And His Monoplane Piston Fighters” A Talk By Rod Dean. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Conservative Club 13, Market Place, Romsey Hampshire SO51 8NA. Non-members very welcome (£5 on the door). Contact Mike Webster wmcbug+AT+aol.com

  

Thursday 7th March Portsmouth - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Lecture

A31 Ringwood Road widening. A technical presentation on the successful delivery of the A31 Ringwood including the demolition and reconstruction of two existing bridges over the river Avon. The presentation will discuss the complex environmental challenges encountered and how they were effectively overcome. 17:15 - 18:00 Refreshments and networking in the atrium of the Portland Building. Lecture 18:00 - 19:30 . University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street Portsmouth, PO1 3AH. https://www.ice.org.uk/events/latest-events/a31-ringwood-road-widening

  

Friday 8th March Lyndhurst - New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Talk
RAF Bomber Command by Jeremy Prescott followed by AGM. Bomber Command tells the story how Bomber Command took the fight to the Germans after the evacuation from Dunkirk. The evolution of the Lancaster Bomber, the life of the Bomber Command Crew, Op Chastise (Dambusters), the Bouncing and Tallboy bombs, the bombing of German cities, Op Manna (Food drops to Holland), Op Exodus (repatriation of POWs), the Sacrifice made by Bomber Command and how they are commemorated today (Bomber Command Memorial in London and International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln). 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.com.

  

Saturday 9th March Dibden Purlieu - New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association Talk

Due to demand, we have managed to find a venue at short notice to repeat the RAF Needs Oar Point talk.   RAF Needs Oar Point: A Story Rarely Told by Marc Heighway. For just three short, yet eventful months in WW2, the peace of farmer’s fields south of Buckler’s Hard was shattered by the arrival of four squadrons of Typhoon fighter bombers and lorries full of men. Some have said that this was the busiest airfield on D-Day. But just how true is this?   Doors open 7pm. St. Andrew’s Centre in Dibden Purlieu. Tickets £5 in advance from nfhwa.org includes free refreshments. https://nfhwa.org/events/

  

Monday 11th March 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 12th March Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

First Flight Over Everest - Col Meryon Bridges OBE MIMechE (rtd). The British were the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953, but in 1933 they were also the first to fly over it. This feat was made achievable by the vision of one man, the development of an extremely powerful new aero engine, and an extraordinary crash programme of equipment development necessary to enable the aviators to survive sustained exposure to 35,000ft. Meryon, himself a high altitude mountaineer, will describe the expedition from inception to a triumphal conclusion. 19:00. Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury Wiltshire SP4 6DZ. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk

  

Tuesday 12th March Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

2024 Lecture Competition - Under 22 Section. From team scrum meetings to global streamed events, effective presentation counts. That is why the opportunity to give a 20 minute presentation on an aerospace topic to a live audience is being offered to those under 22 and under 30. All are welcome to attend the lectures and admission is free. 18:30-20:00 GMT Doors open at 18:00. 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

  

Wednesday 13th March Guildford - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Surrey Network

Joint Lecture with  Royal Aeronautical Society. "The Human Factors involved in investigating Air Accidents" Lisa Fitzsimons - MSc CEng MRAeS AMCIEHF Senior Inspector of Accidents (Engineering), AAIB. Lisa Fitzsimons talks about common themes relating to human performance and organisational factors which emerge when investigating the technical aspects of an air accident, drawing upon several recent examples. Since joining  the AAIB in 2010 she has been involved in investigating accidents and serious incidents in a wide range of commercial  air transport aircraft and helicopters, as well as general aviation aircraft, gliders and hot air balloons. Lisa  is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the European Association of Aviation Psychologists and an Associate Member of the CIEHF. Start 19:30. Venue Rik Medlik Building University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH. https://localevents.theiet.org/register.php?event=ff8b57 or Email the committee at:  SurreyLN+AT+ietvolunteer.org  

  

Wednesday 13th March Southampton - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Western Region Event ****

Careers fayre followed by technical lecture - Introduction of new trains onto South Western Railway (SWR) by Neil Drury - Engineering Director SWR. 16:00 to 19:00. SWR will soon be introducing Arterio, a brand-new fleet of 90 trains that will transform travel on our Reading, Windsor and South West London suburban routes. SWR is investing a massive £1 billion in this new fleet of trains which will offer more capacity, quicker journey times and better reliability and punctuality for our customers. The new fleet will be introduced as soon as possible, and we expect they’ll first enter service on the line to Windsor & Eton Riverside. Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus - Southampton. Free to attend.   NOTE if you are in full time education and would like a train ticket to travel on South Western Railway for the event please email rdswsec+AT+imechenearyou.org at least a week before to receive a free ticket.

  

Thursday 14th March Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Event

Benetton – Rebels of Formula 1 Unconventional and controversial, in the 1990s the Benetton Formula 1 team rose through the ranks to challenge the big names of Williams, Ferrari and McLaren.   After black flags, disqualifications, a pit lane inferno and political manoeuvring, the tumultuous 1994 season ended with Michael Schumacher sealing the World Championship title for Benetton, after a controversial clash with Damon Hill in the season finale in Australia. Our speaker is Damien Smith, former editor of MotorSport magazine and author of the new and authoritative history of this most colourful of Formula 1 teams. Damien will be joined by senior Benetton engineer Pat Symonds and other former team personnel. Signed copies of Damien’s book, published by EVRO, will be available.This event will be in person in the Clubhouse  and broadcast on BM.tv Livestream. The Members' Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available. 7:30pm-9pm. Non-members  £20.00. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge  KT13 0SL. Parking is in the main visitor car park.

  

Friday 15th March East Boldre - New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association Talk

The Logistical Lead-Up to D-Day Much has been written about D-Day and the Normandy campaign, but how the troops and their equipment were marshalled, protected, fed, supplied, trained, hidden, armed, mended, and more, has not been well documented. Since “Tactics is the art of the logistically possible”, this seems an omission. 7pm East Boldre Village Hall, Main Road, East Boldre, Hampshire SO42 7WD. This event has now sold out. If you wish to be on a standby list in case of cancellations, please send us an email. https://nfhwa.org/contact/


Sunday Thursday 17th March Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Event

The Brooklands Sunbeam 100, celebrating the centenary of the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club and pre-1940 motorcycles. The Brooklands Sunbeam 100 celebrates the centenary of the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club. Brooklands Sunbeam 100 will be aimed at all pre-1940 motorcycles which aligns with both the classic Brooklands motorsport era and the Sunbeam MCC’s eligibility criteria. The Sunbeam MCC was formed in 1924, initially as a one-make club but it soon opened up membership to all makes. The Club has always been affiliated to the ACU, and was historically active in the sporting world, with much interaction at Brooklands in the twenties and thirties. Nowadays, the club caters for all makes of pre-1940 machines,   maintains  the  (Pre-1915)  Pioneer Register and runs the popular October   Pioneer Run   from Epsom (Tattenham Corner) to Brighton (Shoreham Airport). A great way to start the 2024 motorcycling season. 10am - 4pm. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge  KT13 0SL.

  

Monday 18th March Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Event

Above the Chaos: The AAC during the Bosnian War, 1992-1995 . Former AAC officer and Gazelle pilot, Dr John Greenacre will approach this complex subject from his own experience and using the research plethora of interviews he has gathered while co-writing the new AAC operational history. 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 19th March Portsmouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

2024 Lecture Competition - Under 22 Section. From team scrum meetings to global streamed events, effective presentation counts. That is why the opportunity to give a 20 minute presentation on an aerospace topic to a live audience is being offered to those under 22 and under 30. All are welcome to attend the lectures and admission is free. 18:00 - 19:30 GMT. Doors open at 17:30. Room P01.74, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth. Contact Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solent+AT+aerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk

  

Wednesday 20th March Weybridge   – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture ****

"20 West" A journey through six decades of turbulent change within aviation by Capt. Steve Ford.   Spanning six decades, from propeller-driven transport aircraft to composite, fly-by-wire and wide-body double-decker aircraft plucked from the pages of science fiction. 20 West charts the emotion, the physical experience, the joy and the anguish of flying. It is not a blow-by-blow account of the aviation industry. Nor is it merely one person`s story of their career in aviation. Rather, it is a collection of snapshots of the people and the aircraft that shaped a lifelong passion for flight. 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.

  

Wednesday 20th March Highcliffe - Café Scientifique  Talk

Air traffic control & NATS” Presented by Wendy Howard-Allen, National Air Traffic Control Service.   7:30 in the Old School, Highcliffe, doors open at 7pm.

  

Thursday 21st March Bournemouth - B2B Growth Expo

Welcome to B2B Growth Expo, your gateway to unparalleled opportunities in the thriving world of Business-to-Business interactions. We are a premier exhibition that brings together businesses from across the UK, fostering an environment of collaboration, innovation, and growth. 10am to 5pm. Citygate Centre, Bournemouth. https://b2bgrowthexpo.com/

  

Thursday 21st March 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.

  

Monday 25th March Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES

To (Gulf) War, as a pilot in the F-16 Sqn Ldr Edward (Ed) Smith. Whilst on duty with the USAF, as part of the Officer Exchange programme, Squadron Leader Ed Smith DFC, RAF(Retd) was deployed to the Gulf & participated in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He flew 26 combat missions and 125 flying hours as a flight leader & air controller in daylight missions, attacking military installations & equipment, infrastructure, and the Republican Guard deployed in Kuwait. During which he was opposed by surface to air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery. In his presentation, Ed will explain the background to the exchange assignment, talk about his training & preparation for war, and honour the people he worked with. He will describe, as only a participant can, what it’s like to go to war & the joy & relief of bringing people home. 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 26th March Salisbury - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Subject TBA. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at  QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Tea and coffee are usually served from 17:00. Lecture begins at 17:15. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration.   Email Branch Secretary secretary+AT+BoscombeDownRAES.org


Wednesday 27th March 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.



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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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