HAMILTON BRANCH

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NEWS ITEM: WOW Newsletter - June 2018:   https://mailchi.mp/warbirdsoverwanaka/wow-newsletter-november-542945?e=82a8da996b 

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 NEXT MONTHLY BRANCH FUNCTION


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DATE:  Wed  24 October 2018 - Lecture


TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm

VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

 

SPEAKER:  Mr. Hugh McCarroll MRAeS. Chairman Ham/Branch.

SUBJECT: Australia's Greatest Peril 1942


1942 was the year of Australia's greatest peril. The nation awaited invasion from Japan. Darwin was devastated by bombing, Australian ships were torpedoed within sight of the coast, midget submarines attacked shipping in Sydney harbour, and Japanese forces on their inexorable march south invaded Papua New Guinea and islands to Australia's near north.

On the beautiful inland sea of Japan – the heartland of the Imperial Japanese Navy  - and in frenetic wartime Tokyo, radical and passionate staff officers and their illogical admirals debated the invasion of an almost defenceless nation. The Imperial Army, meanwhile, opposed the attack, foreseeing a looming military quagmire. Behind the scenes, Australian, British and American defence chiefs all but dismissed the chances of holding Darwin and the North. Australia's fate hung in the balance.

1942 is a story of desperate bravery and criminal stupidity. It is the story of Australians left high and dry in those first few months of 1942, under the looming shadow of invasion, and the steps that an inexperienced leader, John Curtin, took to help save his country in its darkest days.


Thanks to all those (16) who came to last month's meeting, when Sal Carta gave a very interesting talk on ADS-B the new satellite supported system designed to replace radar as NZ's main a/c tracking technology. The current system will be de-commissioned in 2021. This new system ADS-B will be more accurate and hopefully safer than the present one.

Also at Classic Flyers Tauranga, 5 Westland Wessex helicopters have arrived from Taranaki, one will be kept as a static display at Museum and the rest sold/loaned or used as swaps to other Museums in NZ.

 

EVENTS:
            Up coming events; SAA Black Sands Raglan 3rd & 4th November.

Warbirds Armistice Day Ardmore Sunday 18th/Nov,10-4pm. $25/adult.

 

Branch member Peter Gardiner passed away on 12/10/18 aged 62. Peter might have been a quiet person but his knowledge of aviation and aircraft was extensive.

 

HUGH McCARROLL Branch Chairman

WARWICK JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

BRIAN SUNDERLAND; Hon/Sec-Treasurer RaeS Hamilton Branch

E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379
Website:
http://www.raes.org.nz/home

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 Updated:  18 October 2018 PB

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PAST MEETINGS AND ARCHIVES

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DATE:  Wed  26 September 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.
SPEAKER:  Mr. Sal Carta

Sal will speak on ADS-B the new satellite supported system designed to replace radar as NZ's main a/c tracking technology a step closer. The current system will be de-commissioned in 2021. This new system ADS-B will be more accurate and hopefully safer than the present one.

His talk will be aided by a powerpoint presentation and a video.

Thanks to all those (19) who came to last month's meeting, when Lt/Cmdr Ian Pickering RN (Rtd) gave us all a very fascinating insight into what it's like in a nuclear submarine and other Naval vessels on which he had served. Most of us never realised the size and complexity of various systems associated with naval warfare,and let's hope they never have to be implemented in our life time,otherwise that would be the end as we know it.

Although this was not a strictly aeronautical topic,weapons systems and missiles were included in the talk with photo's and the Trident missile was the big one (try 64tons).
I think it's safe to say that the nuclear submarine still has the advantage and one might be lurking around our coastline right now,and we wouldn't even know.

ROUND ABOUT:
The latest local news from Ardmore is the Mosquito FBV1/pz474 (Avspecs) and the P-39Q Airacobra (Pioneer Aero's) should be ready to go by Oct/Nov this year,so roll on summer and with daylight saving starting next week it's all looking good for flying.
Not sure about Brian Hall's T-28 Trojan in Warbirds hangar,looks like it's ready to fly again after that wheels up landing a while back. Also there is now another Trojan down in Taranaki along with Brett Emeny's one, so now (3) in NZ.
Also at Classic Flyers Tauranga, Five Westland Wessex helicopters are meant to be arriving Wed/19th/Sept from Taranaki, one will be kept as a static display at Museum and the rest sold/loaned to other Museums in NZ.

NEXT MONTH: Meeting will be on Wed/24th/Oct. Our speaker will be Hugh McCarroll: "1942-Australia's Greatest Peril".

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DATE:  Wed  22 August 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.
SPEAKER:  Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd) Ian Pickering

Ian joined the Royal Navy in 1991 as a warfare officer. From 91-96 he spent his time training at various UK Naval Establishments including the Naval College at Dartmouth,the Naval Engineering College in Manadon Plymouth and the Naval College in Greenwich. During this time he completed an in-service degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology. In the same period he also spent some time in training roles in HMS Quorn (a mine hunter), HMS Brilliant (a Frigate) and HMS Liverpool (a Destroyer).

Thoroughly trained, he was released into the submarine service in 1997 and served in nuclear armed and powered SSBNs and nuclear powered SSNs including HMS Victorious, HMS Vanguard, HMS Torbay and HMS Vigilant. His roles in these platforms included acting as the Navigator, the Tactics and Sonar Officer and the Operations Officer. In his more senior roles he effectively planned and executed exercises and missions on behalf of the Boats' Commanding Officers. He attended the submarine Commanding Officer's course "Perisher" in 2007 but sadly withdrew due to personal reasons half way through the sea phase.

He then spent his last couple of years in the Navy working in the Fleet Headquarters in Whale Island Portsmouth where he had a range of not so exciting administrative responsibilities. Leaving the Navy in 2009 he worked initially as an independent Defence Consultant and recently, as a Subject Matter Expert and Business Development Manager in a small defence company producing sonar processing and other bespoke electronics systems and software products predominately for the UK MOD. He recently completed a MBA at Henley Business School where he learned that there were alternatives to shouting as a management technique.

Ian lives in a small village in Northern Buckinghamshire with his wife, two young boys and various animals. He is a keen railway enthusiast and also enjoys the engineering challenge of keeping a 27 year old Mini on the road.


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DATE:  Wed  25 July 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

SPEAKER:  David Love, (Rtd) Grp/Captn 

David will deliver a thought provoking lecture covering a brief history of the RAF nuclear arsenal. From personal experience, he will speak on the challenges associated with managing the safe custody of these nuclear weapons.
This will include the successive generations of air launched nuclear weapons and photographs showing these weapons. Most of David's talk covers a highly sensitive area that was classified information only available to a very small selective few, and therefore not widely known to the general public.


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DATE:  Wed  25 July 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.
SPEAKER:  Flt Lt Roger Henstock

Our speaker is an ex-RNZAF Pilot (Rtd) and will tell us how he got involved with aviation and his training days on Harvards, then Vampires and finally Skyhawks.
Then will follow his 30yrs with ANZ ,a/c types and operational matters and some of his more interesting moments and situations encountered during his career.
Roger's talk will be aided by some slides and photos.

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DATE:  Wed  30 May 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

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SPEAKER:  Phil Treweek

PRESENTATION: The 2018 Caboolture Air Show
This month Phil will present us with a power-point presentation of pics and video he took at the Caboolture Air Show in Queensland during his recent visit in April. He also visited the Caboolture Air Museum, the Queensland Air Museum, the new recently opened TAVAS (The Aust.Vintage Aviation Society) hangar, and arranged a visit to the AAHC (Aust.Aviation Historical Centre) restoration facility and not to mention the Bristol Beaufort and some other interesting aircraft.

So with a pile of photos, and some video to go along with it, we are looking forward to a very interesting evening of airshow and aviation history. This will be divided up into two or more presentations over the winter period.


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NEWS ITEM:  D-Day Open day Ardmore Warbirds Sun 3rd June 2018

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DATE:  Wed  25 April 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

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SPEAKER:  Grant Finlay

PRESENTATION: 2018 WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA AIRSHOW 

With ANZAC commemorations coming up, I often reflect on the wastage of lost souls, gallantly lost in both military and civil conflict, and their told and untold stories. Also I reflect on the development of aviation and engineering history through the eras of war and civil periods. The many lives lost during this time also is reflected.

Recently I learned of two Whenuapai air crashes, one in 1942, that of a B17-E Fortress, the 'Texas Tornado', and a B24 Liberator in 1943, both that had crashed on takeoff. These were two separate incidents, with the former on a "secret mission", the latter on a political mission. Last year a TV news item was shown on the crash site of the Fortress, aligned with the main runway, on farmland, that had then exploded when one of the four 500 lb bombs on board detonated, killing all on board. This was the largest NZ air disaster to the then date. This was well presented and can be accessed on line for further viewing. Along with a friend, whom had been investigating this for some time, we travelled to Whenuapai, and visited the crash site on farmland. The site had been investigated last year by archaeologist Robert Brassey from the Auckland Council, while he had been reporting on building projects for the future of Auckland's housing development situation. Some personal items had been found from boots to ammunition. A large hole had been excavated around the main crash area giving easy access, but now was mostly filled with water. All around, fragments of aluminum mostly molten in form, could be seen, mixed with surrounding clay. Photos taken the next day after the crash, were found on line, and showed the devastation of the wreckage and the house that had been shifted off its foundations adjacent to the crash site. It was a sad reflection of a past and a nearly forgotten incident, that has no memorial or historic reference, that was about to be turned into a housing project for the future. Eleven lives were lost. What were their missions? History may one day tell us. Share what you know on this incident, and find historic online sites that seek testimonies for generational and historic values.

I would like to thank those that have paid their subs and those whom choose to pay using online banking. Receipts are available on request. Subs for 2018 are now due.

Brian.


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DATE:  Wed  28 March 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

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SPEAKER:  Barry Prior

PRESENTATION: a photo & verbal presentation on aircraft from mid 1980s to date; on NZ and other world aircraft and events .

AGM  Business outcomes:- Discussions on the mail out list.

The ATC annual financial gift for best student of the year is to continue.

Payment of subs is to remain the same and is now due for the financial period Jan to December 2018. This can be paid on-line, and with cheque or cash on the meet nights. See below for details.

We also ackknowledged the work done by Bruce Henderson with a book gift for his services. Bruce produced a framed aviation photo-set titled 'Aviation in the Waikato' to use as a gift for outside speakers when they give a night meet presentation. This was always very well received as our acknowledgement of thanks by the various out of town speakers.

Sadly Bruce is now unable to attend our meets or perform this function anymore due to ill-health. Bruce we alll thank you for your contribution over many years. Well done. This leaves a vacancy for any member willing to volunteer their services in this needed field of thanks to outside speakers.

Bob Wadley and his wife will be away for a few months from April on a world trip. Obviously, upon his return we will Navy press him into an aviation photo-shoot of his trip. Baggage Handlers would be a welcome help but will need to pay their own way around and provide the tips! Happy flying Bob.

Oh, the raffle! This needs to be tendered to and trimmed while he is away. SO, we need an interim volunteer to assist us in this. Bob will be here in March, and will give some training on the night meet. See Bob or myself (Brian) if you can assist for a time.

This week (Wed 21 March to Sunday 25 is the "Balloons Over Waikato" festival starting at the Innes Common grounds at the Hamilton lake.

The "Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018" airshow event begins this week 30 March to Sunday April 1. Some of our members will be attending the event, so hopefully we will have a photo/dvd presentation of the event in the near future


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DATE:  Wed  28 February 2018 - AGM & Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 


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AGENDA:  45th AGM of RAeS Hamilton Branch plus a speaker

SPEAKER:  Grant Finlay

 AGENDA; 45th AGM of Hamilton Branch RAeS.

Our AGM Financial Report Details have previously been forwarded to active members on a separate email. There will be no hard copies available of the financial report, so bring your own copy if you wish to follow the proceedings.

PRESENTATION: OSHKOSH AIRSHOW and more.

SPEAKER: The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Grant Finlay with some photo's and video's from Oshkosh , (Pearl harbour Flypast), Tauranga Airshow, and some model a/c coverage.


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Note the Thames Airfield - WINGS & WHEELS 

   SATURDAY  27 January 2018
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November 2017
Hi Guys,
We went to the WONZ ( Wings Over NZ, Dave Homewood) Xmas Party at Ardmore yesterday 3 December at the Fly-DC-3 Hangar along with 40-50 other people. It was a sunny hot day, and first Dave introduced our hosts, Geoff and Jessica Cooper,Fly DC-3 operators and a very hospitable couple along with their crew. so we got a talk about the a/c and how they operate and then some up for a 30min flight over Auckland. Meanwhile we were entertained by Gavin Conroy (noted aviation photographer) who showed us some photo's from his recent UK trip to two venues Duxford and RIAT Airshows and some good air to air shots from the back of a Skyvan. After the DC-3 flight returned, we then had Paul McSweeney (Pioneer Aero's) gave us a talk about how they got started and what they are doing now in their hangar next door.

We then went next door with Paul and he showed us the 2 x P-40's and the P-39 Airacobra, and parts for a Tony and Kingfisher  in amongst the all the other spares for various a/c under restoration. The D.H. 103 Sea Hornet F.20. (TT 193) is stored nearby and we should see this  a/c which is the only one left in the world next year,so we look forward to the progress on that. This beauty was smaller than the Mosquito, but had matched props and Opposing engine rotations, eliminating the asymmetric problems which plagued the wooden wonder and many other a/c. This was achieved by the addition of a small  idler gear on one of the Merlins,being a 130 and a 131, which are proving hard to get, but they will work something out one way or the other.So this a/c cruised at 270knts (20knts faster than Mossie) and it's top speed was a bit higher and it's rate of climb was like 5000'ft/min !! beat that!! Also sitting in the hangar was a Bearhawk,which the guys work on when things get quiet. We then had a nice lunch and a drink to stop dehydration and then proceeded with the forum. Next up was John Denton (ex RNZAF) who talked about the Venom and showed a short video, and explained how he put the a/c through the turnip field at the end of the runway at Ardmore a few years ago due to an engine problem on take off. After this, our hosts told us about their trip around NZ with the DC-3 and the TV bits on Seven Sharp with Mike Holland

So all in all, a good day at the office, so thanks Dave, and
have a great Xmas and a Happy new Year.

Kind regards, Warwick F. Jones. (Vice/Chmn.RAeS Ham/Branch.)

NEXT MONTHLY BRANCH FUNCTION
DATE:  13 December 2017 - Christmas dinner

              (Hamilton Branch members with paid subscriptions ONLY)
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
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CHRISTMAS DINNER

Okay guys, do you still want to have a Christmas dinner, (we are looking at a couple of options) ?

·         We are looking at Wed/13th or Wed/20 Dec, as we can't go any later than that.

·         If so, do you want to have a guest speaker, or just the dinner as per the last 2yrs ?

·         We need to have (25)min attendees. The last two times we were scrapping the bottom of the barrel to get to that. Please advise your intent, number of guests & let me know email or phone asap.

·         The cost & subsidy will be advised nearer the time & note, subs need to be up to date.

SUBS; A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment action (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for. If in doubt, check with our Treasurer. Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.


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DATE:  Wed 22 November 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.
GUEST SPEAKER :  Phillip Stott, Director of Icarus Aviation Ltd
SUBJECT:  Aviation Quality and Safety Management

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Phillip is a licenced and degree qualified aero-engineer with a career spanning 37 yrs and still going strong. He has worked for Air New Zealand, TES Aviation in the UK and for last 7yrs he has been the Safety and Quality Assurance Manager at Airwork and also the Quality Manager for the NZ Warbirds Association at Ardmore. He has recently established the consultancy business Icarus Aviation Safety Ltd, (www.icarus.co.nz) specialising in providing safety management services to aviation organisations. His presentation will focus on 3 specific areas;
(1)On the 26th Jan 2014, the landing gear of a Boeing 737 aircraft collapsed upon landing at Honiara, in the Solomon Islands. What caused this accident and the resultant write-off of the $13 million aircraft?

(2) The NZ Warbirds Association, based at Ardmore in Auckland is benefiting from a period of significant growth. So, what's the buzz at Warbirds?

(3) The CAA has mandated the implementation of Safety Management systems (SMS) for certificated aviation organisations. What is SMS, and how is it different to the traditional Quality Management framework which
has governed civil aviation activities for decades?

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DATE:  Wed 25 October 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Grant Finlay and Peter Ryan
SUBJECT:  Oshkosh 2017
This will be a Powerpoint presentation with commentaries from both people. 

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Thanks to those (23) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Peter Stockwell,CEO of L3 Airline Flight Academy (NZ) gave us an excellent talk on how the flight training industry was performing, and the challenge to meet the ever increasing demand for new pilots, something in the order of 617,000 in the next 20yrs to fulfill the global demand. This was a very informative talk accompanied with an excellent PP presentation and was a credit to his position, so thank you Peter.

EVENTS: Blacksands Fly-In Raglan 4-5th November.
               Sun/12th /Nov, Warbirds Armistice day Open day Ardmore. (10am-4pm)

CHRISTMAS DINNER

Okay guys, do you still want to have a Christmas dinner, (we are looking at a couple of options) ?

·         We are looking at Wed/13th or Wed/20 Dec, as we can't go any later than that.

·         If so, do you want to have a guest speaker, or just the dinner as per the last 2yrs ?

·         We need to have (25)min attendees. The last two times we were scrapping the bottom of the barrel to get to that. Please advise your intent, number of guests & let me know email or phone asap.

·         The cost & subsidy will be advised nearer the time & note, subs need to be up to date.


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DATE:  Wed 27 September 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Peter Stockwell
SUBJECT:  L3 Airline Academy (NZ)

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This business was formerly called CTC Aviation Training. Global demand for Airline Pilots over the next 20yrs is forecast to reach around 617,000. Can the flight training industry meet this high demand? L3 Airline Academy (NZ) is part of a large international company at the forefront of commercial pilot training, resourcing and simulation.

Peter Stockwell, who is L3 Airline Academy Director in NZ, will brief members on the pilot demand situation, describe L3's capabilities in delivering products and services to meet this demand, and talk about the commercial pilot training operation in Hamilton.

Thanks to those (28) who attended last month's meeting, when John Mounce gave us all a very interesting talk on "Aircraft on Stamps". This was well received by all present including four visitors from the local Philatelic Society Ham/group. John also threw in some fine shots of various a/c alongside the stamps and made the whole presentation a very rewarding one, and I'm sure enlightened most of us just how involved you can be if you want to be an avid collector. We were also shown some new display cases, which now house some of John's a/c memorabilia (hoarder!!) So thanks John, well done my learned friend.

Congratulations to Hugh McCarroll who received a Meritorious Service Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society NZ for his long time services to the aeronautical engineering fraternity and his contribution to the R.Ae.S society. Details of the award are published below from the RaeS NZ website.

Okay guys, on the local scene, there is an "update" meeting out at Te Kowhai (NZTE) Airfield on Sunday/24th September at 3pm, and those that would like to attend to find out just what is going to happen out there, you are most welcome, so mark it on your calendar and see you there.

Next month's meeting will be on Wed 25th October; Grant Finlay and Peter Ryan will do their presentation on "Oshkosh 2017" which they attended back in July.

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DATE:  Wed 23 August 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  John Mounce
SUBJECT: Aviation and Philately
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John completed his apprenticeship at De Havillands, Hatfield in 1968 and came over to NZ in 1970 joining NAC. He had 33yrs with the airline, leaving in 2003 and starting his own consultancy which was largely associated with commercial aircraft movements around the world. He started collecting stamps as a school boy and like so many put the hobby aside when work became a priority. Re opening his interest a few years ago, he is now the President of the Pukekohe Stamp Club and becoming an active member of the Auckland Philatelic scene. One of his collection themes is "Aircraft on Stamps" and he has amassed many thousands of stamps in this category. He will share some thoughts of this hobby with us and will bring along some of his albums to show us. His presentation is by power point and he may well add a few slides to showcase some of his memorabilia collection which he has recently taken out of storage!!


Thanks to those (20) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Alan Reynolds, (ex- W/O RNZAF, Armourer),gave us all a very interesting talk to explain all the various pieces of armament and other items of various a/c that have served with our AirForce.Some of these items were from Alan's own private collection, and others he borrowed from the Classic Flyers Museum,Tauranga. After this we were given a short powerpoint presentation showing just how these items were fitted and used on the a/c, which included some photo's of live ordanance being used in air to ground gunnery and rockets of various sizes,all in all,a very well presented lecture, so thanks Al, for stepping up into the breech!!

Okay folks, some sad news and good news from Warbirds. Last week well known Visitor Centre Manager, Mr.Vale Les Larsen, whose attention to detail kept him on the go, and the hangar was "his own" garage, passed away at home and was farewelled on Thursday by a good contingent of Warbirds personal.

Now for some good news, on Sat/19th and Sun/20th of August, Otorohanga is hosting Steamfest 2017. Woodsy will take the Fox Moth DH83, (ZK-APT) and do joyrides on Sat, and on Sun he will race a train and a Model T in the afternoon. I've just become an official associate member of Warbirds, so I hope to keep you all up to date with what's going on.

Note: the Jean Batten Lecture 2017

"The NZ Contribution to the Air War-WW1", by Brian Lockstone,FRAeS,AHS.

BOP Branch RAeS,Classic Flyers Museum,Tauranga Airport.
6pm Friday 1st/Sept/2017, gold coin donation, supper, tidy dress. RSVP by 25th/Aug/2017.
Next month's meeting will be on Wed/27th September, when Mr. Peter Stockwell, Mng/Drtr of L3 Airline Academy NZ ( formerly called CTC Flight Training)) out at Hamilton Airport will speak to us.
SUBS;A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due.
Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment action (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for. If in doubt, check with our Treasurer. Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.
Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.
HUGH McCARROLL Branch Chairman, WARWICK JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308
BRIAN SUNDERLAND; Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.
E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379


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DATE:  Wed 26  July 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Alan Reynolds
SUBJECT: Items of Military Aviation

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Alan will present items of Military aviation from his own collection and from Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga. This will be interesting and may just have some surprises, so grab a friend or bring your wife/partner. Just remember guys, if everyone was to bring a friend, then we would double the number at our meetings, which as you know is getting very low. This talk will be aided by slides and powerpoint presentation.

Thanks to those (16) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Bruce Belfield from South Pacific Home Rotors,Te Awamutu gave us all a very informative talk on his Safari 400 and helicopters in general. I'm sure we now all know how they work a lot more than we did before his talk. This was another win for a Kiwi local who saw an opportunity in the market and ended up making modifications to an existing make/model and improving it to such a degree,that the manufacturer now buys his product and incorporates his ideas into their production models. So well done Bruce,and thanks for your time and expertise in the rotary world and sharing it with us.

I have always found the development of carrier aviation such a fasination. Its history and developing foresight from the first bird flight takeoff which was from the American cruiser Birmingham in 1910 by stunt pilot Eugine Ely. Through private fundings and grit cheek, he had secured the use of the cruiser's aft deck for this inaugral flight deck takeoff, but only for the day. As the weather began to pack in, he was resolved to the launch regardless of conditions. As he revved up the (pusher) engine, he desended down the makeshift 83 foot deck as the bird fought for lift, the wheels nearly touching the water, spray off the water, he assended keeping his craft aloft. He flew on to land at a nearby Army post airfield. The takeoff was highly successful. However, the Navy brass were not impressed. Just a mere stunt they said. The media was electrified and embalished the reporting of the event with such headlines as 'Eugene Ely Revises Worlds Naval Tatics'. The following year, he secured the cruiser ship Pennsylvania and had a longer platform ramp fitted over the stern. Together with ropes laid across the deck, sand bags, pulley systems and hooks fitted to his craft, he proposed a daring landing onto the short ramp. On January 18, 1911, he took off in his Curtiss Pusher from a nearby Army airfied and flew toward the waiting anchored cruiser. As he approached, he cut the throttle back when 50 feet from the deck, and set the plane down, stopping it within 30 feet of touchdown! Captain Chambers then announced to all that "this was the most important landing, to have occurred since the dove flew back to the Ark in Biblical times". Eugene then turned his craft around and positioned it for takeoff. He roared down the 120 foot ramp and flew off back to the Army airfield and landed safely. The event raised the hackles of the traditionalist Admirals who could see no further than their heavy battleships. Hence, no aircraft flights were performed in combat or obserevational sorties during WW1 using ships for a base. These flights had to succeed as Eugene Ely could'nt swim!! The rest is history. ::: Brian.

Next month's meeting will be on Wed 23rd August,when Mr Peter Stockwell, Mng/Dir of CTC Flight Training at Hamilton Airport will speak to us.

SUBS; A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment Reaction (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for.

Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.

HUGH McCARROLL Branch Chairman WARWICK JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

BRIAN SUNDERLAND; Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.

E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379
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Alan's July Jottings,

While making digital copies of some of my photographic slides I was reminded of the times I was one of five or six guys manning the air-to-ground weapons range at Raumai on the coast, about a half-hour drive northwest from Ohakea. 75 Squadron Vampires and 14 Squadron Canberras were our regular customers dropping small (up to 25lb) practice bombs and/or firing rockets, the Vampires also used their 20mm guns. The range was close enough to Ohakea for the aircraft to be seen in the distance from there while they were in the range circuit. The range was not licensed for high explosive weapons, only practice ones. It was also used by our later strike aircraft too.

The four gunnery targets were 10ft X 10ft canvas with a central large black-painted spot and these were mounted at an angle of about 60 degrees between posts. Four aircraft would be in the circuit at a time and firing at their own target so when they had all fired-out some of the range party would go and count the hits on each target with the scores being sent back to Ohakea. Years later, the gunnery targets were acoustically scored by well-protected microphones. Bombing and rocketing targets were an old army tank until it was battered to pieces followed by 44 gallon drums mounted on vertical railway iron within a large target ring.

For someone with a camera (me, on many occasions) some good aircraft shots good be taken if you were quick enough. I recall on one occasion a flight of four Vampires had finished their gunnery and enjoyed themselves beating-up at LOW level the range team scoring the targets. I had my camera with me and recorded some photos as the aircraft came over. At one stage I stood on the front platform of our Landrover to record shots until I was forced to duck smartly after recording a good photo. On another occasion, which I didn't record, a Vampire was late on a pull-up from gunnery and vanished behind the sand-hills a short distance from our master quadrant (range head-shed). Several of our team were running for the Landrover to get to the scene of what we expected was a horrible accident only to be stopped in our tracks as the Vampire re-appeared and flew unsteadily back to Ohakea – a close call that one! There was already Vampire remains in those sand-hills from a crash before my time there. I managed a couple of flights on weapons sorties to Raumai and it was great to see things from a different perspective.

Another range used for practice weapons was the centre rock of the three large Volkner Rocks in the Bay of Plenty near White Island, but this being offshore, was un-manned. It was used both day and night with parachute flares dropped for the night sorties until our combat wing was $*?#@*& scrapped. I had a couple of flights to that range, one day bombing sortie and one night flare dropping sortie, very enjoyable.

 If high explosive weapons were to be used, then it was either Waiouru army range or the air force range on the South Kaipara Head, both of which I visited on occasion as a ground observer and once from the air, once again very enjoyable. High explosive weapons could also be used against sea targets such as burned-out ships or barges (not many enough of them for us) so long as the area was declared off-limits to all others for the duration of the exercise.

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DATE:  Wed 28 June 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Bruce Belfield
SUBJECT: My aviation career and the Safari 400 Helicopter
AGENDA:
Download the full   JUNE 2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf . 

 

Bruce is Australasian agent for Canadian Home Rotors, operating as South Pacific Home Rotors from his Te Awamutu base. He will talk about his involvement in aviation and his Safari 400 helicopter; an earlier model (ZK-HIV) is actually up for sale on Trademe. These machines got their nick name ''Baby Bell" from the obvious look-alike to the famous Bell 47G-3B1 (Mash movie) and, ironically, the one in NZ has also just popped up on Trademe. Last year Bruce had the satisfaction of being awarded Best Metal a/c and Best Rotorcraft at the SAA Convention with over 70 a/c in the competition, so well done Bruce.

BRANCH RANTINGS:
Thanks to those (22) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Graham Lister gave us all a very thought provoking talk titled; "My Side of Erebus" which covered the part Graham was assigned to as Air NZ Liaison with the NZ Police in Operation Overdue,when on the 28th/Nov 1979 ANZ flight TE901 crashed on Mt.Erebus in Antarctica. This operation managed the recovery of all the bodies of the passengers and crew of this tragic event.

Bantam B-22J (ZK-ZAF)Terry Goldsbro then got airborne and the bright yellow Rand X-Air (ZK-JCK) one of two owned by the Waikato Microlight Club took off to do some circuits.Larry Spicer then vacated the field in his Flight Design CTLS (ZK-FDB). So guys,if you get bored at home,go for a drive and get some fresh air and see what's happening at Te Kowhai.PS. Don't forget the coffee van is operating too.

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DATE:  Wed 31 May 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER : Mr Graham Lister
SUBJECT: My Side of Erebus

AGENDA : This covers his part in the NZ Police Operation Overdue to manage the recovery of the bodies of the passengers and crew from Flight TE901 which was lost in Antarctica on 28th/Nov 1979. Graham was assigned to Operation Overdue as Air NZ Liaison, where his background in air freight and his many industry contacts proved useful. Although Graham didn't get to Antarctica himself, he was awarded the NZ Special Services Medal (Erebus) in 2007 for the part he played in NZ. In compiling his material on Erebus, Graham has formed a view on the facts and the many opinions which were written about the accident. Some of these materials were acquired from the estate of the late Ross MacPherson, the former Editor of "NZ Wings". Graham's talk will be aided by a powerpoint presentation.

BRANCH RANTINGS:

Thanks to those (15) who attended last month's meeting when Neil McHugh (SAA) gave us a very informative talk on how he built his kit-set aeroplane. A Just a/c Highlander (ZK-MCQ), a fine looking a/c in a very attractive red/silver paint scheme, with a finish and detail that is a credit to his workmanship. So thanks Neil for a great talk from a first time builder, and enjoy the fruits of your labour.                                        

Thanks also to Hugh McCarroll for his presentation on POOP IN SPACE. An informative account of the NASA competition he entered into to solve a problem of isolating human waste within a space-suit over a 6 day period. His was a single man entry where most other entries were team orientated. It was rated in the top 15 from all globel entries. Congratulations Hugh.

On Sunday 14th May (Mother's Day) Gina and I went to the SAA Fly-In at John Hansen's strip Te Awamutu,where 4 a/c plus one helicopter flew in and enjoyed a lovely sunny day over a shared lunch and a chat about who was building what and where.Two Jodel's (ZK-KSD) Gary Williams/Otorohanga,and (ZK_MMB) Murray Belfield/Tokoroa were there,along with Cessna 172M (ZK_FGV) John Lissington/Otorohanga and Zenith Zenair CH701 SP (ZK_ESY) Adrian Van der Hulst/Te Awamutu. Supporting the rotary craft was Safari 400 (ZK_HXJ) Bruce Belfield/Te Awamutu,Murray's son. And of course our host with his very own Hansen Deuce (ZK_JFH) which won John 3 prizes at a recent SAA Fly'in down in Ashburton. Your's truly kindly accepted a short flight in this a/c and was suitably impressed with the performance of this well engineered home-built, so a credit to John's build, and thank you,much appreciated my learned friend. I've conned Bruce into giving us a talk in the near future.

Last Sun/20th/May,a beautiful clear day we dropped into Te Kowhai Airfield and saw a variety of a/c in and around the circuit and the guy's doing the development were busy too, having just put up the other new hangar,so it's all going ahead and steady progress which is good for aviation in general.Noted were two Piper Cubs,(BQV& BTU), Cessna 172P-SGW, 172N-TJL, RG Cutlass-ETG, Yak-TYS, Technam P-96 Golf-TEB, P-92 Echo-Super, -PFL,Vans RV-6-VIA, and Bantam B-22-ZAF,and R-44,HRR. Two gyro's did touch and goes then departed for their homes as well.

EVENTS:
Mark your calendars for Sunday 4th/June for the Warbirds D-Day Open Day at Ardmore,from 10am-4pm, with flying displays at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Cost $20/hd.
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand.

Alan's May Jottings,
With the New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) 70th anniversary coming up I am reminded of the many flights I have had around NZ in DC3s and the likeable (for me at least) Friendships, with a flight also in a Viscount. It saddens me that I am also reminded of the tragic loss of DC3 Skyliner ZK-AYZ on July 3 1963 with the loss of 23 lives when the aircraft crashed in bad weather on the western side of the Kaimai range. I was at Woodbourne at the time during my first year in the RNZAF and our course was called together to be told of the tragedy. 

During leave in my early RNZAF years it was a regular pastime to go tramping with my father somewhere in the Kaimai range, so during my Christmas leave in Tauranga that year my father suggested maybe we could have a go at tramping up to the site of the DC3 crash. So off we went early on Christmas eve, tramping up to the summit of Thompson's Track from the western side, then off on a side track to the top of Mt Ngatamahinirua and down to the crash site. It was a very sobering sight once we reached the crash and saw what remained of the aircraft.

We spent some time looking around the remains of the aircraft and trying to get our heads around what had happened. The fuselage was lying on its starboard side in a steep gully not far from the top of the ridge; another few hundred feet higher and the aircraft would have flown over the ridge. The remains of one wing was partly draped over the fuselage and the rear of the aircraft from the door back was relatively intact. The forward fuselage and other wing were hardly recognizable. After taking several photographs we both tramped our way back up to the mountain top in a very sombre frame of mind, then back down Thompson's Track to the car and home.

While it took a while for me to take in the tragedy and what we had seen I'm glad we did go and see for ourselves the worst air crash in New Zealand. Signs of the crash site and some wreckage is still visible from the Old Te Aroha Road if you know where to look. There is also a memorial alongside the road within sight of the crash site.

Download the full   MAY 2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf  (revised 22 May).
As usual,all members, guests and friends are cordially invited, and the usual refreshments will be available.

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DATE:  Wed 26 April 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
PRESENTATION SPEAKERS : Neil McHugh & Hugh McCarroll

Neil will be giving a presentation on the building of his aircraft, a Highlander ZK-MCQ, from construction to flying status. It has been seen flying in Raglan and Te Kowhai and looks to be an interesting presentation.

Hugh will give a short presentation on his recent design entry in a NASA international competition to solve a long term human life situation for living in space. Out of some 20000 world wide entries, Hugh's entry was classed in the top 25 of those entries. Come and hear how this was rated. Congratulations Hugh, we look forward to your presentation.

BRANCH RANTINGS

AGM OUTCOME::::Warrick has stood down as Hon/Sec but will continue as Vice/Chmn. He will also continue taking an active part in endeavoring to get quality speakers for our meetings. Hugh McCarroll continues the roll as our Chairman and will be seen more often taking the front line as spokesman in our meetings. I will continue as Treasurer with added responsibility as the Hon/Sec. and to collate contact details and newsletter information. The Committee members were returned unopposed. These were Alan Reynolds, Jon Wenham and Bob Wadley.

LIBRARY: Many thanks to Gina and Warrick in the sorting of all our library books (273),144 dvds and 149 videos from the storage room and cataloging these onto our RAeS laptop data-base and ensuring each has a card. So if you want to loan any items, fill out the cards leave it in the card box near the library. We have a great collection of books and many have never been read so we will be concentrating on displaying them for the next few months and some DVDs. Initiatives are underway for some form of portable book shelving in the future. While we are on the subject, would you all please check that you don't have any books,dvds or videos that should be returned for cataloging. At present we have some cards that have no home. Thanks everyone.

HELP: There are some members who get to the meetings early and help with the set-up of the tables and chairs. Please note we have to put everything back as it was at the end of the meeting. We will also need a hand with bringing down all the gear from our lockup upstairs and this has to be put away after the meeting. Please be aware not to put any furniture on the tiled area in front of the bar and elsewhere. We are required to vacate the premises no later than 10pm at management request. This help both ends of the meet will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

 

EVENTS

NZ Warbirds 2017 Forum was held at the Warbirds hangar,Ardmore Airport in early April.

The TeAwamutu Museum in Roche St, has a display THE DAMBUSTER RAID. The display is from the Air-force Museum and includes the history of the development, the raid and the aircrew. Particular reference to the Nz-ers who took part and the documentaries associated with it including the interview with Les Munro.

Movie night at the Museum features a free showing of the classic 1955 release "THE DAM BUSTERS". Time 4pm – 6 pm on Thursdays April 20; April 27; June 15. Popcorn & OJ provided!



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