Royal Aeronautical Society Weybridge Surrey Branch – Meetings & Lectures

RAeS Weybridge Branch
Royal Aeronautical Society Weybridge Surrey

Royal Aeronautical Society Weybridge

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Talks are held throughout the year and commonly held at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge events calendar, the most prestigious of which is the annual R.K Pierson lecture. The inaugural R.K Pierson lecture took place in 1952 (the first of the Branch named lectures) and was a biographical recall of Pierson by Sir Roy Fedden, his Bristol aero engine partner and personal friend.

The Weybridge Branch was founded in June 1937 by its first President, R.K Pierson, who was the chief designer at Vickers Limited, later Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Ltd, which was based at Brooklands, Weybridge. He was responsible for the Vickers Vimy, a heavy bomber designed during World War 1, that was the first aircraft to complete a non-stop trans-Atlantic flight. He was also the chief designer of the Vickers Wellington, the bomber produced in the highest quantity of any British-built bomber for the duration of World War 2, and the only example currently on display is at Brooklands Museum.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provides specialist information; acts as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. For more information about the Royal Aeronautical Society visit our website.

Weybridge Branch Contact Details

President: Stewart John OBE
Secretary: John Johnson
Contact: John Johnson

Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com

Website: RAeS Weybridge Branch

Venue

The Brooklands Museum is our venue for these meetings, and the private Brooklands Club bar is open to us from 6pm.

The Weybridge Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is most grateful for the various privileges that we enjoy at Brooklands and makes an annual donation to the Museum.

 

Brooklands Museum - Directions For Society Lectures

Meetings are held at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN.

If northbound on the Brooklands Road, after the Shell garage on the left there is a roundabout. IGNORE THE BROWN HERITAGE SIGNS TO BROOKLANDS. 400 meters north of the roundabout turn left at the entrance signed JTI (in 50 cm letters set against a grey stone wall). Keep left for the Campbell Gate, steeply downhill. The electric gates are open from 6pm.

Upcoming Events

March 2019 Lecture: Modern Aircrew Escape Systems

The lecture briefly explores the history and development of Martin-Baker ejection seats before focusing on the major technical challenges, the associated requirements and the solutions employed in aircrew escape systems in modern aircraft such as the F-35. The lecture includes a walk-through of the automated sequence of events which occur during ejection and recovery from typical escape scenarios. Attendees will gain an appreciation of how the seat system optimises the sequence according to the conditions encountered during ejection, and how the various sub-systems collaborate to achieve a successful escape. Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited 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 7500 aircrew lives, including more than 1000 UK aircrew lives, since the first life saved in 1949.

Speakers: Philip Rowles CEng FRAeS, VP Engineering, Martin Baker

About The Speakers: Philip Rowles is Vice President of Engineering at Martin-Baker, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Philip joined Martin-Baker as Chief Engineer with a wealth of knowledge gained in civil and military aerospace engineering. His experience spans systems including; flight control and utility actuation, weapons carriage and release, hydraulic power, ground handling and spacecraft structures. Philip has contributed to major programmes including; Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and H175 helicopter, Typhoon and Brimstone.

Venue: Brooklands Museum, (Campbell Gate Entrance), Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Date: Wednesday 20th March 2019

Time: 18:00 – Gates Open, 18:45 – Lecture start, 20:30 – Lecture end

Registration: No registration required but you are asked to sign
in on arrival. £2.50 donation kindly requested from all except students.

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

April 2019 Meeting: Annual General Meeting and Branch Social

Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Venue: TBA

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

May 2019 Lecture: BAe Harrier Ski-jump take-off

Feasibility trials and experiences with the ski-jump at Farnborough & Paris airshows.

Speakers: Dick Poole – former Chief Flight Test Engineer, Dunsfold

Venue: Brooklands Museum, (Campbell Gate Entrance), Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Time: 18:00 – Gates Open, 18:45 – Lecture start, 20:30 – Lecture end

Registration: No registration required but you are asked to sign
in on arrival. £2.50 donation kindly requested from all except students.

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

June 2019 Lecture: VC10 to Voyager

Speakers: RAF Speaker to be advised

Venue: Brooklands Museum, (Campbell Gate Entrance), Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019

Time: 18:00 – Gates Open, 18:45 – Lecture start, 20:30 – Lecture end

Registration: No registration required but you are asked to sign
in on arrival. £2.50 donation kindly requested from all except students.

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

Past Events

Feb 2019 Lecture: Surrey’s Small Satellite Revolution

Speakers: Andrew Haslehurst, Head of Payloads, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Venue: Brooklands Museum, (Campbell Gate Entrance), Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Date: 27th February 2019

Time: 18:00 – Gates Open, 18:45 – Lecture start, 20:30 – Lecture end

About The Speaker
Andrew studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Hertfordshire after which he worked at Astrium, Stevenage, in the mechanisms team. Here he worked on the Mars lander, Beagle 2, on everything from design calculations to building and testing the solar array and robotic arm mechanisms. He then moved to SSTL, structures team, working on multiple solar arrays and 6m long deployable booms. During his time with SSTL he’s broadened his capabilities to now include propulsion and electronics and electrical engineering. As Head of Payloads he is currently responsible for supporting the development of future payloads with new technology.

Registration: No registration required but you are asked to sign
in on arrival. £2.50 donation kindly requested from all except students.

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

Jan 2019 Lecture: Innovation vs Regulation: What should unmanned aviation learn from manned?

Speakers: Geoff Pugh and Gareth Beverley, Consortiq

Venue: Brooklands Museum, (Campbell Gate Entrance), Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN

Date: 16th January 2019

Time: 18:00 – Gates Open, 18:45 – Lecture start, 20:30 – Lecture end

RAeSW Branch Event Flyer

Registration: No registration required but you are asked to sign
in on arrival. £2.50 donation kindly requested from all except students.

Contact: Mr Alan Simmons
Email: weybridge@aerosociety.com
Tel: 01249 321785

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