Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division


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Blenheim Branch 

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READ OUR 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.

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


Page Updated 9 August 2017 PB

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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

The Branch annual subscription is currently $20.


This page updated 15 Jul 2014

 

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