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Blenheim Branch 

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READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER -  OCTOBER 2017
 

NEXT LECTURE:  WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017

VENUE:  Marlborough Aero Club - Club rooms, Aerodrome Road, Omaka

TIME:  7:00 PM

SPEAKER:  Des Ashton

SUBJECT:  Large Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) – What can they do for New Zealand?

Members and non-members all welcome.

Tea and Coffee will be available. Dress - Casual. 
A voluntary gold coin donation is requested from non-members to defray costs

 

Ken Loving of General Atomics recently provided wide ranging presentations to the NZ RAeS Symposium and to several New Zealand agencies on the many civil and government uses of the company's large sophisticated RPAS (AKA UAVs etc). Ken has kindly consented to Des Ashton providing an abridged version of this presentation to the Blenheim Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and other interested people on 18 October. The presentation includes video and other imagery.

Des has experience in aviation, defence and various other sectors and is well connected with companies that supply and operate RPAS and the companies that provide and integrate the technologies that make them ever more capable.

READ THE NEWSLETTER (LINK ABOVE) FOR FULL INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS.


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READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER -  SEPTEMBER 2017
 
NEXT LECTURE:  WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2017
VENUE:  Marlborough Aero Club - Club rooms, Aerodrome Road, Omaka
TIME:  7:00 PM
SPEAKER:  Adam McMillan, General Manager Regional Maintenance Operations, Air New Zealand
SUBJECT:  Maintenance Operations and Air New Zealand Regional Maintenance Ltd
Members and non-members all welcome.

Apologies, as I am a bit late getting this month's speaker confirmed for one reason or another so here is the heads-up and the flier is at the link above. As usual the event will be held at the Marlborough Aero Club rooms, Aerodrome Road Omaka at 7.00 pm Wednesday 20 September - dress casual and tea / coffee will be available. Anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend – a voluntary gold coin donation is welcomed from non-members to defray costs.
This month's speaker will be the General Manager Regional Maintenance Operations for Air NZ, Adam McMillan. This role includes but is not limited to responsibility for maintenance of the Air NZ Link turbo-prop fleet and similar work for other customers in the region.

Adam will give us a brief overview of his career, talk a bit about his involvement with the Air NZ Gas Turbines business, SAFE Air and Components and then a presentation on Air NZ Regional Maintenance Ltd.

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LATEST NEWSLETTER -  AUGUST 2017

NEXT LECTURE:  WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST 2017

VENUE:  Marlborough Aero Club - Club rooms, Aerodrome Road, Omaka

TIME:  7:00 PM

SPEAKER:  John Lanham

SUBJECT:  The A4K/G Skyhawk in RNZAF Service, pre-KAHU Update, 1970-1990
Members and non-members all welcome.

A gold coin donation is requested from non-members to defray costs.

John Lanham's years in the RNZAF included the decision making of the 1960s on the Canberra B(I)12 replacement, the introduction of the Skyhawk and eventually three flying tours on the aircraft, totalling 1000 Skyhawk hours.
Amongst the highlights for him were numerous deployments including Vanguards to SEA, RIMPAC in Hawaii and Cope Thunder in the Philippines, the celebrated Kin Nan incident, leading the aerobatic team, the acquisition of the RAN Skyhawks and the reforming of No 2 Squadron.

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READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER -  JULY 2017
 
NEXT LECTURE:  WEDNESDAY 19 JULY 2017

VENUE:  Marlborough Aero Club - Club rooms, Aerodrome Road, Omaka

TIME:  7:00 PM

SPEAKER:  John Wyllie, Chief Executive and Founder

SUBJECT:  FLIGHTCELL

Our July presenter is John Wyllie the inventor of the world's first cellphone to headset interface.
In 1995, frustrated that he could not use his cellphone while flying his helicopter, New Zealand pilot John Wyllie developed a device he called 'Flightcell' - the world's first cellphone to headset interface. John is now the very hands-on CEO of this very successful company based in Nelson – a shining example of an innovative and nimble Kiwi company. 

Further information can be found on the company's website www.flightcell.com .

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NEWSLETTER -  MARCH 2017

NEXT LECTURE:  TUESDAY  28 MARCH 2017

VENUE:  AS USUAL
TIME:  7:00 PM

SPEAKER:  Don Simms ?
SUBJECT:  SKYHAWKS

Don spent 18 years in the RNZAF as an Avionics Technician (1984-2001). He "Retired" as a

Flight Sergeant after being made redundant ("DJ2'ed") when Helen Clark's Labour

Government disbanded the RNZAF Air Combat Force in December 2001. He had spent most

of his RNZAF career working on or around the Skyhawks at Ohakea and Nowra, including

postings on Nos 2 and 75 Sqns. 

He is also a member of the US Based Skyhawk Association, a member of the Christchurch

branch of the RAeS and is a Volunteer Guide at the Air Force Museum at Wigram.

Don has a massive collection of Skyhawk photographs some of which he will be sharing with

us in this nostalgic (for some of us) presentation.

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BLENHEIM BRANCH, RAeS - JULY MEETING - Wed 16 JUL 2014

Where – Aviation Heritage Centre, Aerodrome Rd., Omaka

When - 7 PM: - Heather Deacon, General Manager Development at Safe Air

Bruce Astridge's presentation last month on the high bypass triple spool turbofan RB211 was fascinating, particularly so, since Bruce was so involved in taking Rolls Royce from a significant player to a global leader. A great evening!

This month we have another presentation of national and local significance; Heather Deacon, General Manager Development at Safe Air, will take us through the $154 million New Zealand Defence Force Pilot Training Capability programme and the part her company will play in it as a contractor to Beechcraft Defense Company LLC of Wichita, Kansas, USA.


Full details in the July
Branch News Letter 

Hope you can make it – members and non-members alike.

Voluntary gold coin donations would be welcomed to defray costs.
Refreshments will be available.
Non Society members are welcome - please pass this on to other interested people.


Chairman: Allan Knox 


Treasurer:
Dr Bruce Rudge

Secretary: George Jensen
Telephone 03 579 1284

Email Jensen.gp@xtra.co.nz



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