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NEXT MONTHLY BRANCH MEETING

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!

 

SUBS 2017: (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) and are now due.

If you are paying on-line, ensure to include your name with the payment and what the payment is for. If doubt check with me to confirm your status and pick up your receipt.

Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

·         Cheques are payable to: RAeS Ham Branch.

 

W.F.JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308; Hugh McCarroll Branch Chairman

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


Download the full  
 APRIL 2017 Newsletter  
to read, or as a printable pdf.

As usual,all members, guests and friends are cordially invited, and the usual refreshments will be available.

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Updated:  20 Apr 2017 PB

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PAST MEETINGS AND ARCHIVES

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DATE:  Wed 22 March 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker

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

AGENDA : 
Grant Finlay with coverage from the Air Force Tattoo 80th B/Day of RNZAF at Ohakea followed by the Avalon Airshow (Aust).+ Alan Reynolds will bring his best shots from Ohakea too.

Thanks to those (21) who attended our first meeting of the year on 22nd February for the 44th AGM of the Hamilton Branch of the RAeS. As most of you already know,I have stood down as Hon/Sec but am continuing as Vice/Chmn under Hugh McCarroll our Chairman. Our Treasurer Brian Sunderland has taken over the Hon/Sec position and continues to be Treasurer for the Branch. Brian will be handling all the contact details and newsletter information. I will still be taking an active part in endeavoring to get quality speakers for our meetings. The Committee members were returned unopposed. These are Alan Reynolds, Jon Wenham and Bob Wadley.

Gina and I have been busy taking all our library books (273),144 dvds and 149 videos from the storage room and we have catalogued all these onto our RAeS laptop and made sure each has a card. So if you can all make sure you fill out the cards when you take items out and hand the cards to Brian and he will enter them all into the system after the meeting. We have a great collection of books that have never been read so how about getting into some serious reading about all aspects of aviation, we have it all here, believe me. Now you will see why I was so adamant that we try to get a proper library set up as we have enough stock of excellent quality that needs a good home. 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 as I have some cards that have no home. Thanks guys.

The other thing is,could some of you guys who get to the meetings early please help Brian with the set-up of the tables and chairs. Remember we have to put everything back as it was at the end of the meeting. At the request of the management of the premises, please do not put any furniture on the tiled area in front of the bar and elsewhere. Brian 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. The premises MUST be vacated no later than 10pm- management requirement for health and safety regulations.

The wings over NZ Warbirds Forum meet 2017 is at the NZ Warbirds hangar,Ardmore Airport Sat/1st/April at 10am,cost is $20 per person.Book by e-mailing Dave Homewood at dave-daasnz@hotmail.com So far two speakers are confirmed, Stan Walker Ex-RNZAF, Sunderlands No.490(NZ) Sqdn, and Steve Taylor,NZ Warbirds, specifically on the Hawker Sea Fury that he co-owned and displayed on the airshow circuit.

Next month our meeting will be on Wed/26th April,when Neil McHugh (SAA) will tell us how he put together a Just a/c Highlander (ZK-MCQ).I've seen his masterpiece at Raglan and Te Kowhai, and I have to say the colour scheme of red/silver makes it very attractive and the finish and detail is a credit to his workmanship.

Don't forget Airshow,Omaka,Blenheim Easter wk/end Classic Fighters, 14th-16th/April/2017

Apparently there is a Dambuster's exhibition on at the TeAwamutu Museum and the original movie from the 50's is being shown Thur/16th March at 4pm,and again on Thur/20th April and at later dates.

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

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (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.

 

W.F.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


Download the full   MAR 2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.

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DATE:  Wed 22 February 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker

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

AGENDA : The 44th AGM of the Hamilton Branch of RAeS ,followed by Grant Finlay with some photo's of various aviation events held over the holiday period. 

 

Welcome to the New Year everyone. It's sure getting hot and humid now, even if it has taken a long time to actually get into summer weather. But there have been a few catastrophes like earthquakes and floods already and we are still only into February, and many places are facing a drought with restrictions on water. The combination of high temperatures and strong winds only makes the situation worse. Never the less, we have still had some glorious days for flying, with clear blue skies and sparkling waters around the coastline of this wonderful country.
 
Thanks to those (25) who managed to get to our Xmas Dinner back on the 21st/Dec/2016, we had a nice relaxing evening with a superb roast dinner followed by exquisite dessert, and drinks to accompany it all.

NB: Please note that I made an announcement that I  am standing down as Hon/Sec of the Ham/Branch,but I will still be Vice/Chmn under Hugh McCarroll our Chmn and endeavour to still help arrange speakers etc, and sort out our library in the storeroom upstairs in the GV Club.
Okay, we called into the Thames airfield on Sat 14th Jan and just happened to see a group of a/c from the 
Gordonton Microlight Club, who had just come from Great Barrier Island and they said the weather was good and hot as. Also on the field was a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter  (ZK-ICB) doing a training flight from  Cirrus Helicopters, Drury, they refueled and headed back to Drury.
On Sat 21stJan 2017, we went to the Tauranga Airshow, but as Alan has covered this in his jottings, I will only make one comment,and that is, from an aviation viewpoint it was very disappointing.
Then on Sat 28th Jan we went to Ardmore and saw the BE2 flying, because it's size, it looks really graceful in the air. The P-40 went flying and the Catalina came in from Tauranga. I went flying with my learned friend, Jeff Hunter, in the Boeing Stearman bi-plane, and we went out over the gulf and did some aero's, looking down into the clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf, it was great and much appreciated.
Waitangi wk/end we went down to Whakatane via Rotorua and around past the lakes for a nice scenic drive and at the airport we saw the Air Chatham's/Whakatane Air Metroliner (ZK-CIC) take off, it has a very distinctive colour scheme and looks great. This was previously ZK-LFT, the Life flight a/c.

Last Saturday, we went to the open day at Te Kowhai, and along with 3 or 400 other people, enjoyed a great market with fresh fruit and veges and crafts etc, and then walked around and looked at some classic cars and motorcycles & a variety of aircraft from microlights to sport a/c, to home-builts and GA, including half a dozen gyrocopters which added to the atmosphere of a good summers day with food & refreshments as well. So all in all, a good start to the New Year for the NZTE, well done guy's & keep up the good work at Te Kowhai, I can assure you, we are all right behind you in this venture, so thank you all.

Upcoming aviation Airshows you might like to attend - as follows:
"Wings Over Wairarapa" Hood aerodrome, Masterton 17th-19th/Feb/2017
Ohakea Tattoo RNZAF 80th/B/Day  24th-26th Feb/2017
Omaka, Easter wk/end Classic Fighters, 14th-16th/April/2017

Our  Branch Treasurer, Brian Sunderland has asked me to remind you that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are well overdue.
Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (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. 

Download the full  FEB  2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.


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 Country Market Day Flyer 
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DATE:  Wed 21 December 2016
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: RUAKURA CAMPUS CLUB, OFF RUAKURA RD, HAMILTON EAST
 (Note: MAP in Newsletter attached

SUBJECT:  FlyStark.com
Speakers; Guest Speakers; Hopefully we will have Ray Stark just give us an update on things, and I'll just do a very brief overview of the year and highlight a few things; no big deal, we can just relax and enjoy each others company over a great meal and a festive drink.

 

Thanks to all those (17) who attended last month's meeting when Mr. Ray Stark, CEO of Flystark gave us all a very informative and personal history of how he got involved in aviation and ultimately set up his own company which bears his name. Ray told us how they had just purchased another GA8 Airvan and the only difference between this one and the one they already operated is the new one has a 2 bladed prop not a 3 blade, and it doesn't have the cargo pod underneath the fuselage. Ray had just come back from the South Island and had flown over Kaikoura and was shocked at the amount of devastation he saw. Consequently, he  sent one of the Airvans down there to help out with the local aviation operators for a whole month to lend their support to this worthy cause.
The other week end I went for a fly with one of our members, Charl Marius, in his Fly Synthesis Storch, a nice modern microlight, carbon/fibre and a 80HP Rotax engine, we vacated Te Kowhai and went out to Raglan and returned. It's very quiet and smooth compared with the a/c I'm grown up with (Cessna's and Piper's etc),and you have good vision,something that was lacking in some of the older a/c. So thanks Charl, much appreciated and if anyone else wants to have a ride,so Charl and I'm sure he will accommodate you, he obviously likes his nice machine.

Air Chathams are giving rides in their DC-3 (AWP) around Tauranga for $99/30mins over the next two months,just Google it to see details. Also,Warbirds are offering a DC-3 tour in 2017, includes the Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka, Google this too for details.

Upcoming aviation Airshows you might like to attend -as follows:
Tauranga Airshow Sat/21st/Jan/2017
"Wings Over Wairarapa" Hood aerodrome, Masterton 17th-19th/Feb/2017
Ohakea Tattoo RNZAF 80th/B/Day  24th-26th Feb/2017
Omaka, Easter wk/end Classic Fighters,    14th-16th/April/2017

Reminder, for those of you who have booked to come to the Christmas dinner-it is at the Ruakura Campus Club on Wed, 21st Dec. The cost is $35 per person. Directions on where to find the venue are as shown on the map (which is attached to this email).

Our  Branch Treasurer, Brian Sunderland has asked me to remind you that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are well overdue.
Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (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.

A link to the location for the meeting is also in the Newsletter below:

Download the full  DEC 2016 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.

As usual,all members, guests and friends are cordially invited, and the usual refreshments will be available.

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DATE:  Wed 23 November 2016

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker

VENUE: GLENVIEW CLUB, PEACOCKES RD, GLENVIEW, HAMILTON.

SUBJECT:  FlyStark.com

Speakers; Guest Speakers; Mr Ray Stark CEO of FlyStark.com. who operate a Cessna 172S/SP as (ZK-CWD) and a Gippsland GA8 Airvan as (ZK-FSR).  Chief pilot is Wally Pentray and 2nd pilot is Amber Drumond, They do charter work out of Ardmore, Great Barrier Island, Whitianga, Pauanui, Tauranga and Hamilton. Ray will tell us how he got involved in aviation and eventually formed the company that bears his name.

 

Thanks to all those (23) who attended last month's meeting when Grant Finlay gave us a quick photo history of the Te Kowhai airfield just to warm our appetites and then Mr. Paul Andrew, Dan Readman and Reagan Brown from the new NZTE Operations Ltd,Te Kowhai Airfield under the new ownership of Foster Developments, told us exactly what they have already done, what is being  done  now  and what will be done in the near future. It's all good stuff from an aviation viewpoint. These guys are right into it and some have their own a/c and they have made some significant improvements to the property regarding upgrading the facilities to comply with the new health and safety requirements and CAA regulations. There is now a coffee van operating and the entry driveway will be sealed shortly to stop all the dust and pot holes that we have come to like so much!! New wind sockets have also been installed and the runway taken out to just under 1000mtrs, and the width will be increased by another 3mtrs to 15mtrs with a new surface in the near future. I did e-mail out a report on all this last week but for those not on e-mail I will have a hard copy at the meeting to read.

On our local scene,we have lost one of our Co-founders of the Waikato Hot Air Balloon Club with the passing of Alistair McRae Malcolm (60yrs) who passed away on 4/11/16 and will be set free at the Narrows Landing on Mon 14th Nov at 4pm. We send our condolences to the club on their sad loss.

Last Sun13th Nov we went to Warbirds open day at Ardmore where a reasonable crowd enjoyed the celebrations for Armistice Day. Although it was a bit windy virtually everything flew except the  P-40  and L-39, and the RAF Bristol BE2,which was on static display in the new hangar they now have.
The DC-3 and Catalina were giving rides and the Venom and two Strikemasters added jet power to the rest of the usual Warbird contingent,along with aerobatic a/c. I think we had 4 Tiger Moths,Chipmunk,both Ryans,Beaver,2xRV's,Mustang,Spitfire,and the Harvards.

Okay guys, be in Auckland this Sat/19th/Nov for the RNZ Navy's 75 Annvsy, where 22 countries are here to help celebrate the event. There will be a massive flypast of Military and Civilian a/c between 12.30pm-2.30pm over the Auckland waterfront harbour, so try and get up on a hill somewhere to watch the events. There are ships already here and more to come and two Kawasaki P-1's( Japans P-3 equivalent) at Whenuapai, and the helicopters from the vessels will join in as well, so a sight not to be missed.

Reminder, if you  are coming to the Christmas dinner you must  let me know no later than the November meeting, as well as how many will be in your party. This year we are going to the Ruakura Campus Club on Wed, 21st Dec (with caterer John Cooper ex-Glenview Club).This will cost $35 per person. We need a minimum number of 25 people. If you say you are coming and subsequently change your mind you will still have to pay.

Our  Branch Treasurer, Brian Sunderland has asked me to remind you 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 (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. 

W.F.JONES Vice-Chmn & Hon/Sec RAeS, Hamilton Branch. 
72 Te Aroha St, Hamilton East. Ph. (07) 855-5480 (Home) mobile 027-307-5308 
E-mail: warwickfrankjones@gmail.com 
Website: http://www.raes.org.nz/home 

November Jottings

Most of you would have enjoyed/suffered long flights over the years (my longest was 16 1/2 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney) so spare a thought for the two crewmen of the USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bombers; I understand they fly with a collapsible camp-bed in the compartment behind the cockpit so one crewman at a time can get some respite from being strapped into the not-so-comfortable ejection seats of a military combat aircraft.

The B-2 was first used in combat over Kosovo in 1999 where aircraft flew round-trips from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, with sorties lasting on average 31 hours with air-to-air refuelling. The aircraft next flew sorties over Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001 with aircraft again flying from Whiteman AFB and recovering at the British island of Diego Garcia, some for an engine-running crew-change, before heading home  .... and the longest of the single-crew sorties lasted over 44 hours! 

Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 again saw B-2 bombers operating from Whiteman (27 sorties) as well as Diego Garcia (22 sorties), delivering 676 guided and unguided weapons against some 600 targets. B-2s were also flown from Whiteman against targets in Libya in 2011 with sortie lengths of 25 + hours.

The B-2 Spirit's side-by-side weapons bays can accommodate most of the USAF air weapons, both conventional and nuclear, with 80 separate targets able to be struck on each sortie. The B-2 is also able to carry two 29,000lb (13,200kg) Massive Ordnance Penetrators (MOPs) used to attack deeply buried and hardened targets.  

Having seen B-2s in flight and up close on the ground, I can say that this aircraft looks most impressive and business-like.

Alan R.

Download the full  NOV 2016 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.


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DATE:  Wed 28 September 2016
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: GLENVIEW CLUB, PEACOCKES RD, GLENVIEW, HAMILTON.
SUBJECT:  OSHKOSH  2016
Speakers; Grant Finlay and Peter Ryan

Oshkosh is the home of EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association and Airventure is the largest airshow of its kind anywhere in the world. From the Wright Brothers to the International Space Station (and yes they actually saw it fly overhead during Oshkosh), Airventure has it all. They also transited through Pensacola Florida to catch up with the Navy's Blue Angels Aerobatic team, visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Airforce base and roam through the Battleship Alabama in Battleship Memorial park, Mobile Alabama.

 

So much to see and never enough time to see it all...that's always the way. However with over 8000 photos and videos between them, both gentlemen are pretty happy they have a fairly good record of the trip, some of which they will share in the time available!

Thanks to all those (22) who attended last month's meeting when Mr. Hugh McCarroll gave us part of his aviation excursions during his recent Australian trip. First up was the Aust. Army Aviation Museum at Oakey,Queensland. Then the Qantas founders Museum at longreach,and finally, the new one at Stokes Wharf, Darwin.N.T. This specifically covered the bombing of Darwin (1942) and the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This was a good power-point presentation,so well done Hugh & thanks very much.

On Fri/2nd/Sept,four of us attended the Bay of Plenty Branch of the RAeS to hear the inaugural Jean Batten Lecture,which was given by Brian Lockstone MRAeS, Titled; The" Exploits of Jean Batten in Aviation."This was at Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mt.Maunganui at 6pm.Dave Homewood,(Wings over NZ) recorded this in HDI so anyone can view it later on,as this is the only venue for the lecture.

http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/WONZShow/2016/09/jean-batten-lecture-2016/

On the Sat. at 2.30pm we had a handover from a local man, Mr. William (Bill) Janes,a brilliant engineer,who kindly gifted 13 scale model (Working) aero engines to the Classic Flyers Museum. These are a one off work of art complete with wooden props and a great asset to the museum.(see link for pics)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwVChSFIqkneeXJ4VDhzQm80Q0k 
On the local scene, in the Waikato Times Wed/14th a notice saying that Te Kowhai Airfield has been sold for nearly $3m to Foster Developments a Waikato based company. They said they recognized that the airfield was an important community asset and want to safe guard it for the future. According to them,there will be appropriate development around it.


From the 30th/Sept- 2nd Oct, Gina and I, along with Alan Reynolds, will be attending the Biennial Reunion of 75 Sqdn, which is also at Classic Flyers.

There are still some of the RAeS 150th Anniversary stamps available to purchase at $1.00 per stamp or $50.00 for a sheet of 50. If interested, see Brian or myself.

Our  Branch Treasurer, Brian Sunderland has asked me to remind you that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due, and for some, overdue!!!
Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for. 
Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch using our bank acct. with the National (now ANZ bank). Acct. no. 060317-0224109-00.  
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September Jottings

 

 On Saturday, October 1, this year 75 Squadron, RAF/RNZAF, Association members and friends will gather at Classic Flyers, Mount Maunganui, for a reunion dinner and to celebrate exactly 100 years since the forming of 75 Squadron in the Royal Flying Corps in England. Following the end of WW II the RAF were so impressed with the war-time actions and deeds of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF, that the squadron number was gifted to the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 75 Squadron, RNZAF, served New Zealand well from that time until the disbanding of the Air Combat Wing by the Labour government in 2001.
 In recognition of that service to NZ I have included a few of my photographs of 75 Squadron Vampires, Skyhawks and personnel taken during the 1970s and 1980s. Enjoy!
 
Alan R.Again as listed above, to see Alan's photos you can click the link below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwVChSFIqkneTjFSTDJMeHNvRE0

Download the SEPTEMBER 2016 Newsletter as a printable pdf copy of the above.

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DATE:  Wed 31 August 2016

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker

VENUE: GLENVIEW CLUB, PEACOCKES RD, GLENVIEW, HAMILTON.

SUBJECT:  
Guest Speaker; Mr. Hugh McCarroll.(MRAeS) Branch Chmn of the Hamilton Branch.

Hugh has just returned from a trip over the ditch,and will share with us from his travels. First up is the Aust. Army Aviation Centre and Museum at Oakey,Queensland. Then the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach,and finally, the new one at Stokes Wharf,Darwin NT. This specifically covers the bombing of Darwin (1942) and the history of the Royal Flying Doctor service. Hugh's talk will be aided by a Powerpoint presentation and video.

Thanks to all those (18) who attended last month's meeting when Mr. Barry Pryor gave us part of his aviation history via (278) photos which spanned from the 50's to the 90's. There were a variety of civilian, agricultural and Military a/c of all shapes and sizes, and most of us could relate to what, where and when. So thanks Barry, well done my friend and we look forward to the next round covering the later years.

Right guys, winter has certainly left her mark on the countryside in both islands, but there has still been some nice days where aviators can take to the skies and do their thing. We were down at Whakatane last weekend and we had a look in at the local airport and spied a group of home builts about to depart the field. So we waited and watched as they made their way past and took off into the blue yonder.

First up was an MTO Sport gyro-copter (ZK-SHT) a tandem seat green/yellow nice looking machine from Whitianga. Next was a local a/c a Cessna 172,(ZK-EJY) of East Bay Aviation Whakatane. This was followed by a Skyranger Vmax, (ZK_MAI),a green high wing

monoplane. Then an RV-12, (ZK-MBA) from Mercury Bay, Whitianga, a nice blue/white/yellow. Then a white Europa, (ZK_ZEB),but this doesn't have a Rotax engine. It has a Wilksch-Airmotor, water-cooled 3Cylndr diesel, turbocharged and supercharged and it runs on Jet A1 and is owned by Peter Austin from Whitianga. And the last one in this batch, was a Bolkow Bo-209 Monsun (ZK-MON)owned by Jim Evans, Whitianga. Also seen was a white/black RV-3UL, (ZK-WCO) owned by Chris Schadler of Whakatane. As we came in, a Metroliner was just taking off.

On Fri/2nd/Sept, four of us are going to attend the Bay of Plenty Branch of the RAeS to hear the inaugural Jean Batten Lecture, which is being given by Brian Lockstone MRAeS, Titled; The" Exploits of Jean Batten in Aviation". This will be at Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mt.Maunganui at 6pm.Dave Homewood,(Wings over NZ) will record this in HDI so anyone can view it later on, as this is the only venue for the lecture.

Next month, our meeting will be on Wed/28th/Sept, Grant Finlay and Peter Ryan on Oshkosh 2016.

From the 30th/Sept- 2nd Oct, Gina and I, along with Alan Reynolds, will be attending the Biennial Reunion of 75 Sqdn, which is also at Classic Flyers.

There are still some of the RAeS 150th Anniversary stamps available to purchase at $1.00 per stamp or $50.00 for a sheet of 50. If interested, see Brian or myself.

August Jottings

Who hasn't heard of that iconic British interceptor/fighter the English Electric Lightning? If you have seen and heard one take-off and/or fly by it is something you don't forget in a hurry if ever; it is/was an awesome beast. Plagued by political indifference it failed to achieve any worthwhile international sales; only Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were interested enough to buy some. On the other hand the US government-backed Lockheed F-104 Starfighter achieved many European sales, although it has been said that the Lightning was the superior aircraft.

During four of my RNZAF deployments to Tengah AFB in Singapore our 14 Squadron Canberras worked with and alongside the Lightning F6s of the RAF's 74 "Tiger" Squadron. During one night-flying exercise I watched in awe as a Lightning roared off down the runway with afterburners blazing delicate purple flame before it lifted off, stood on it's tail and hurtled almost vertically skyward to eventually disappear still going up. Wow!

When you compare the Lightning loss rate though throughout it's career compared with the Starfighter, which had a deadly reputation in Europe as well as the US, you may be surprised to learn that the Lightning losses were just as bad. Of the 339 Lightnings built 109 were lost or written off due to pilot error, undercarriage failure, and fuel or hydraulic-leak fires . . . almost one third of the total !!

It was a still mighty and well loved beast (except maybe by the hard-working groundcrew).

Alan R

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