14 Dec 2014

Practical Rocket Engineering:
Taking a Hobby to the Extreme

Dr. Russ Strand C.Eng., M.R.Ae.S.

15th January 2015
18:30 Lecture Start

Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:




Russ is the Chair of the United Kingdom Rocketry Association (UKRA) and has made numerous high-powered rocket launches since first getting involved with a rocketry society whilst at university. Notable launches include a 12 foot long, 1 foot wide rocket built from scratch in 7 days and breaking the sound barrier. In this lecture Russ shares the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of his rocketry experiences, including launch footage and excerpts from his appearances as ‘Russ the Rocket Man’ on CBeebies’ ‘Nina and the Neurons’ and on James May’s Toy Stories during December 2014.

24 Nov 2014

December Lecture

Flight Testing the Bristol 188
Stainless Steel Research Aircraft

John Thorpe

11th December 2014
18:30 Lecture Start

Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:





5 Nov 2014

November Lecture

Airbus Group Operations

Robin Southwell, OBE


19th November 2014
Lecture starts at 6:30pm

Auditorium, Pegasus House, Airbus Filton, BS34 7PA
For visitors with no access to the Airbus site, please collect your visitor pass
outside the entrance of the Pegasus House (see driving directions below).


Registration is mandatory due to high security location.
Unregistered attendees will be turned away.
You are kindly requested to register your attendance here:


Robin was President of Airbus Group UK (previously EADS) from 2005-2014. Prior to that he was CEO of Atkins and had a distinguished career at British Aerospace. He is a non-executive director of Farnborough International Airshow and a UK Business Ambassador among many other high-profile appointments.

Driving Directions and Parking

Please drive along the northbound of A38. Turn left at the slipway on your 
left. After passing the traffic lights, turn right at the roundabout to the visitor car park.
The entrance of Pegasus House is indicated by the red arrow on the map above. 

23 Sep 2014

October Lecture

  X-HALE: A VERY FLEXIBLE UAV
FOR NONLINEAR AEROELASTIC TESTS

Carlos Cesnik, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Benjamin Meaker, Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

22nd October 2014
18:30 Lecture Starts 

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University of Bristol
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR


Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:


 
Large-span aircraft configurations become dominant when designing for high fuel efficiency and/or high endurance flights, and these designs often exhibit large wing deformations. This talk will highlight some of efforts at the University of Michigan to better understand the impact of nonlinear aeroelastics on the characteristics of these flexible vehicles, notably the X-HALE experimental program that has been ongoing to evaluate some of these unusual aircraft behavior in-flight. This plane is representative of a very flexible HALE (high-altitude, long-endurance) type aircraft and demonstrates unusual aeroelastic features (e.g., coupled rigid/elastic body instability, large wing deflection during gust, etc.). This talk will describe the vehicle design, construction, the series of development flights and its current status. 

About the Location:
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR
Located in the Queen’s Building, (Faculty of Engineering), University of Bristol, University Walk, BS8 1TR.
Park in University Walk – parking restrictions do not apply for evening lectures.
Please put a copy of the page below onto your car dashboard whilst you attend the lecture.
Enter via the main entrance to the building. Turn right at the Porter’s Lodge and take the stairs to the first floor (wheelchair users may use the lift). The Pugsley Lecture Theatre is directly in front of you.



4 Sep 2014

September Lecture

 THE RED ARROWS: Selection & Training

Colin Van Geffen, Aviation Public Speaker

18th September 2014
18:30 Lecture Start

Ballroom, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:


Colin is an artist and a local historian and aviation enthusiast based in the New Forest. As such, he is surrounded by a rich backdrop of historical opportunities that he researches and writes about in his fact based presentations.
In this lecture, he will look at the introduction and development of formation and display flying, then focusing on the selection and training of the pilots of the Red Arrows. 

20 Jun 2014





The Barnwell Lecture: Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Entry Into Service

Commodore Rick Thompson, IPT Lead, Ministry of Defence



This is the last of the 2013/2014 lecture series and is the keynote lecture for the RAeS Bristol Branch. 

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one of the largest multi-national military projects ever defined. Bringing this aircraft and its variants into service with different military services and in many countries is a significant challenge that will be described by Commodore Rick Thompson, the IPT Lead based at MOD Abbey Wood. 

He will also provide an overview of the 5th Generation capabilities offered by the Lightning II and its UK Introduction into Service. 

The lecture will be followed by a dinner for invited guests. If you are not a dinner guest then you are still welcome at the lecture. 

Please register below.  Unregistered guests will unfortunately be unable to attend due to venue capacity maximum 270.

Dress code: Business smart 

Time / Venue
5.30 for 6.00pm – 2nd July 2014
Exhibition and Conference Centre - UWE Bristol


For enquiries contact Alessandra Badino

(0751 529 7787, alessandra.badino@airbus.com )




Directions: Please note this is not at the usual venue. Visitors should use the Frenchay Campus North Entrance. Use BS34 8QZ for your Sat Nav. This is not the same as the main campus entrance. Parking will be available on site. 




Eventbrite - Barnwell Lecture

17 May 2014

June Lecture

Our Path to Electrical Flight

Dr. Peter Jaenker – Senior Expert for Electrical Engineering and Head of Hybrid
Power – Airbus Group Innovation Works


Did you know that a fully electrical hybrid aircraft is already flying today? This
lightweight prototype is paving the way towards the first fully electrical helicopter
and the first fully electrical passenger aircraft.

Are batteries capable of generating the required power for take-off? How do you
ensure these are topped up in flight? What are the challenges and limitations?
Is this the future in a world of limited oil? Find out here.

Time / Venue

6.30pm – 12th June 2014
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG
For enquiries contact Alessandra Badino
(0751 529 7787, alessandra.badino@airbus.com )

Please register below:


2 May 2014

May Lecture


REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

Metallic Technologies for the Next Generation Airframe

Dr Adam Pitman, Airbus

14th May 2014
Lecture starts at 7:30pm  
(The talk will be preceded by the WEMMA AGM, which starts at 7.15pm)

Conference Room, Ground Floor, Pegasus House, 
Airbus Filton, Gloucester Road North 
Members and non-members are welcome. The talk will be followed by a discussion.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED as the meeting is on a secure site.
Register through EVENTBRITE via the following web page:

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In recent years generic Metallic Technologies R&T within Airbus have been somewhat in the shadow of the maturity progress by our Composite colleagues. But, with a record backlog of orders (and a corresponding high percentage of metallic structure to deliver), what are the current drivers, opportunities and challenges that could catapult Metallic Technologies back ‘into the light’? This presentation will explore the picture from an enabling technologies viewpoint in the short, mid and long term timeframes of programme development.

23 Mar 2014

AGM and April Lecture

Africa as an Emerging Market

Miguel Santos
Director, International Sales (Africa and Middle East), Boeing

24th April 2014
18:00 AGM
18:30 Lecture Starts 

Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG


Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

Miguel has been Director of International Sales – Africa and Middle East – for Boeing for over 30 years.  In that time he has seen the African airline industry evolve spectacularly.  Miguel will discuss how this has happened and his view of the future state of the African airline industry.



19 Feb 2014

March Lecture

Certifying Military Operations

Richard Spencer M.Inst.Phys, C.Phys – Certification Manager, Airbus


20th March 2014

Lecture starts at 18:30
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR
(see map and direction below)


Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:




How do you certify military operations to both civil and military requirements?  How do you demonstrate safe operation using equipment that is not part of your aeroplane?  Richard will answer these questions in the context of air-to-air refuelling and aerial delivery.  One difference between civil and military is that airlines do not throw their passengers (quickly followed by their luggage) out of the aircraft in flight, although the cabin crew might like to on occasion!  In addition, civil aircraft refuel with their feet firmly on the ground!  How do you overcome these differences?

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR
Located in the Queen’s Building, (Faculty of Engineering), University of Bristol, University Walk, BS8 1TR.
Enter via the main entrance to the building (see photo below).  Turn right at the Porter’s Lodge and take the stairs to the first floor (wheelchair users may use the lift).  The Pugsley Lecture Theatre is directly in front of you.


22 Jan 2014

February Lecture

A350 Flight Testing

Peter Chandler, Experimental Test Pilot, Airbus

20th February 2014
Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30
Ballroom, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG


Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

The A350 is breaking new ground for Airbus and its expected performance can only be validated in the air! The first five A350s are built to be designated Flight Test aircraft and Peter Chandler, Experimental Test Pilot for Airbus, has been flying these. He will talk about the progress made on the A350 flight tests so far.