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.