30 Dec 2012

January Lecture Register now open

Registration for January lecture now open – Register fast!


Thursday 24th January 2013 - 6.30pm, Concorde Room, BAWA

British Antarctic Survey Operations  

Rod Arnold, Head of Air Unit, British Antarctic Survey



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this joint event with RGS-IBG. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below



The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our January lecture – a joint event with RGS-IBG.

Happy New Year!

13 Dec 2012


SonicStar – Building a Supersonic Future through Innovation and Technology 
Richard Lugg – Chair and CEO, HyperMach Aerospace Ltd.

A brief review of the November 2012 Bristol Branch lecture

"Richard Lugg provided, perhaps, the quote of the evening, stating that the enthusiasm and response to the evening’s presentation had overshadowed the one he had received at the Dubaii Air Show"

In front of a packed audience at the Bristol Branch of the RAeS, including engineers who had worked on Concorde, HyperMach Aerospace CEO Richard Lugg gave an entertaining lecture about the proposed SonicStar supersonic transport that promises to fill the gap left behind by Concorde, with Mach 4 cruise, London to Australia in 3 ½ hours, no sonic boom and also little environmental impact. Such exciting claims will require dramatic technological advances, and there was no shortage of both innovation and novel technologies throughout Richard’s presentation. 

 The engineers in the audience were kept enthralled with a wide range of futuristic capabilities that will be required: Hybrid Propulsion Systems, Plasma Flow Control, Magnetic Levitating engines with no drive shaft, superconductivity, to name a few. Despite a large number of probing questions from the knowledgeable audience, a lot of the details remain a mystery, hopefully to be revealed at a later date. 

In her introduction to the evening, President-Elect Jenny Body mentioned that one of the great strengths of the RAeS was the lecture programmes given at the local branches across the UK, and that tonight’s talk was a good example. Richard Lugg provided, perhaps, the quote of the evening, stating that the enthusiasm and response to the evening’s presentation had overshadowed the one he had received at the Dubaii Air Show. Attendees to this exciting and futuristic lecture are going to follow the progress of the SonicStar project with great interest, particularly as it is likely that some of the development may be undertaken in the UK. 

 Alessandra Badino MRAeS and Jonathan Cooper FRAeS

4 Dec 2012

Registration for December lecture now open – Register fast!

Wednesday 12th December 2012 - 6.30pm, Room 1, BAWA

The Schneider Trophy Contest  

Mike Marsden, former Head of Wind Tunnels, Airbus



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this event. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below


The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our December lecture.

13 Nov 2012

January Branch Lecture announced!

Thursday 24th January 2013 - 6.30pm

British Antarctic Survey Aircraft Operations  

Rod Arnold, Head of Air Unit, British Antarctic Survey  



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this joint event with RGS-IBG. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below (Registration will be opened following the December lecture).


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operates a DASH 7 and 4 Twin Otters in support of the UK Polar Research. Traditionally this has been focussed on the Antarctic but the science demands are now extending to the Arctic. The talk will explore the difficulties experienced in these challenging Polar environments both from an operational, engineering and research perspective. The speaker has a broad perspective of work for BAS with his first employment as a wintering scientist in 1989. He has since conducted research in both the Arctic and Antarctic and was responsible for delivering the UK Research Programme, in Antarctica, for 9 years. Before the current role, he managed the change of operation from Private to the Complex/Business category (Part 125).

The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our January lecture.

12 Nov 2012

December Branch Lecture announced!

Wednesday 12th December 2012 - 6.30pm

The Schneider Trophy contest: 1913-1931  

Mike Marsden; Former Head of Wind Tunnels, Airbus 



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and nonmembers. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below (Registration will be opened following the November lecture).


A competition to encourage the development of commercial marine aviation was announced by Frenchman Jacques Schneider in 1912. For the time this was far-sighted thinking, because in 1912 only a handful of seaplanes existed worldwide. However Schneider’s hopes for his contest were not realised, and commercial marine aircraft developed quite independently of the Schneider Trophy. The speed element of the Schneider Trophy soon overshadowed other aspects, and led to the production of specialised and impractical racing seaplanes. But the aircraft were undeniably exciting, and captured the imagination of the public. In later years, winning the Schneider Trophy contest became a matter of national pride and prestige between America, Britain and Italy. The Schneider Trophy competition may not have fulfilled the original hopes of Jacques Schneider, but it did help to push the boundaries of high speed aircraft design. The lecture looks at the 12 Schneider Trophy contests held between 1912 and 1931, and considers the associated advances in propulsion, structures and aerodynamics.

The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our December lecture.

24 Oct 2012

Next Branch Lecture


Thursday 29th November 2012 - 6.30pm

SonicStar: Building a Supersonic Future through Innovation and Technology  

Richard Lugg, Chairman and CEO, HyperMach Aerospace Limited 



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and nonmembers. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form (link below).




HyperMach CEO Richard Lugg will present an inspiring talk on how he is building a Supersonic Future, by exploring these 5 themes:
  • Key aspects of the SonicStar Technology: instilling Innovation and Trust to meet global requirements
  • Planning ahead: history as Teacher, Build the Dream and They Will Come
  • Do it differently: let Innovation lead, invest in what is Game Changing to ensure the Future
  • Methodology, Management and Monitor: building project life cycle systems in creating profits and returns
  • Choose your Partners carefully: experience, experience, experience..... Choosing the Higher Ground

The RAeS Bristol branch looks forward to welcoming you to our November lecture.

                       >> Lecture Attendance Form <<

9 Oct 2012

Next Branch Lecture


Thursday 25th October 2012 - 6.30pm

55 Years of Flying Fun 

Wg Cdr Clive Rustin, RAF (retd) 



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and nonmembers. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form (link below).




Former British Test Pilot Clive Rustin will illustrate his 55 years of flying experience. Following several years as a test pilot with the Aerodynamics Research Flight at RAE Bedford supporting early flight research on a multitude of aircraft types, including SC1, P1127, Kestrel, Avro 707, FD2, Vulcan and the HP115 and BAC221 slender delta Concorde research aircraft. As CO of the Fighter & Training Test Squadron at the A & AEE at Boscombe Down, Clive was responsible for the service clearance programmes & release to service for all fast jet & training aircraft for the RAF, Royal Navy & the Army including: Harrier, Jaguar, Tornado, Phantom, Buccaneer and Hawk plus basic evaluations of other aircraft such as the Saab Viggen. This lecture will see Clive reflect on many of his experiences flying over 160 aircraft types, including his post RAF involvement in airships and participation on the display circuit in a variety of old warbirds such s the Venom, Vampire, Hunter & Spitfire.

                       >> Lecture Attendance Form <<

2 Sep 2012

Next Branch Lecture

Thursday 20th September 2012 - 6.30pm

The Behavioural Digital Aircraft vision - an overview of results from the CRESCENDO project

Sanjiv SHARMA, Expert for Modelling & Simulation at Airbus
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG


All lectures start at 18:30 unless otherwise specified. The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and nonmembers. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form (link below).





The CRESCENDO project (Collaborative Robust Engineering, using Simulation Capability, Enabling the Next Design Optimisation) has been a major European Framework 7, Integrated Research Programme, led by Airbus. The ambition of the consortium partners is to initiate a step change in the way that Modelling & Simulation activities are carried out, by multi-disciplinary teams working as part of a collaborative enterprise, in order to develop new aeronautical products in a more cost and time efficient manner. During this talk the vision of the Behavioural Digital Aircraft (BDA) will be presented. The BDA can be thought of as an increasingly comprehensive and integrated, functional representation of an aircraft, which complements the physical definition of an aircraft as provided by CAD systems and Digital Mock-Ups.