In Section : Society Events

Each year we hold a number of social events which are open to individual and corporate members of the Society, including the Annual Banquet and the Royal Aeronautical Society Golf Day.

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Added on 25 March 2011 by Gail Ward

The Sir Sydney Camm Lecture was established in 1971, following Sir Sydney Camm’s death in 1966, to commemorate his significant achievements in the field of aeronautical engineering.

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Added on 22 March 2011 by Emma Bossom

Further details on this event will be available shortly.

Please do contact the Conference & Events Department for more information.

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LECTURE: Training Aircrew for Concorde

Added on 07 March 2011 by Emma Bossom

This Lecture will focus on the training of cockpit crew for Concorde. Together, Capt John Eames and SEO Roger Bricknell will discuss Flight Crew Training, highlighting the differences between Concorde and subsonic airliners that Pilots had to be trained to cope with. In addition, the lecture will touch on the novelty and complexity of Concorde at the time of its introduction, including fly-by-wire control of the centre of gravity by fuel transfer, behaviour at high incidence, adjustable air intakes and exhausts, the reduced range in subsonic flight and the emergency procedures for pressurisation problems at 60,000ft.

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Added on 17 February 2011 by Emma Bossom

The Sopwith lecture was established in 1990 to honour Sir Thomas Sopwith CBE, Hon FRAeS. In the years prior to World War I, Sopwith became England’s premier aviator and established the first authoritative test pilot school in the world, he also founded England’s first major flight school. Between 1912 and 1920 Sopwith’s Company produced over 16,000 aircraft of 60 types.

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LECTURE: Europe’s Future Launch Vehicles Programme

Added on 25 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

The world launcher market is evolving fast with new competitors entering each year.  In 2011 the European Space Agency (ESA) will begin operations with two new vehicles – Soyuz and Vega.  Meanwhile Ariane 5 remains the number one choice for launching commercial geostationary satellites.

In 2012 Europe’s Space Ministers will decide whether to upgrade Ariane 5 – the so-called Ariane 5 Mid-life Extension (ME) – and/or to begin the definition and development of Ariane 6.

ESA’s Future Launcher Preparatory Programme (FLPP) has been assessing the systems, technologies and requirements for Europe’s future launchers and Guy Pilchen will provide an authoritative view of the options being considered for the future, including:

  • current status of the down-selection of launch system concept
  • the technology developments required for reduced-mass structures and stages, thus underpinning cost optimized launch systems
  • development status of integrated demonstrators, including the mid-scale demonstrator of a Staged Combustion High Thrust Engin.

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Aerospace & Aviation Book Fair 2011

Added on 20 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

Browse and buy a wide range of aviation & aerospace literature

The Royal Aeronautical Society is pleased to be holding its third annual Book Sale at No.4 Hamilton Place. This is a great opportunity for both RAeS members and enthusiasts to leaf through and purchase a wide selection of aviation and aerospace books and publications.

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STEWART LECTURE: The Story Behind the Spin

Added on 20 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

The Story Behind the Spin: The Human Centrifuge in Aerospace Medicine

Perhaps best known as a fiendish torture device from which James Bond escaped, or an exhausting experience during flying training, the human centrifuge has been pivotal to advancements in aviation and space medicine over the last 80 years.  In this presentation, the story of the struggle against G force is told from the perspective of the human centrifuge.  In addition to understanding how it contributed to the development of modern day G protection, some of the technical challenges associated with the device will be explored. From a past rooted in research and development to possible futures in flight simulation and human spaceflight, the story of the centrifuge will be revealed in this Stewart Memorial Lecture.

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LECTURE: Missed Approaches - Politics of Airport Planning

Added on 17 January 2011 by jamesallen

‘Cleared to Land’ is a critical review of the politics of planning and the political scheming that took place during the search for London’s 3rd airport. Why was Stansted selected when it didn’t meet any of the criteria laid down for the 3rd airport? How were the costs distorted to favour Stansted in the face of public opposition to it? And who was the puppet master pulling the political strings behind the scenes?  Cleared to Land offers some insights into the machinations of government and the planning process and advocates that if the saga of Terminal Five and the Third runway at Heathrow are anything to go by then nothing has really changed during the last 40 years.

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LECTURE: Air & Space Academy, France

Added on 13 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

The French Air & Space Academy will be visiting the UK and will host an informative evening of aerospace lectures. The evening will commence with a presentation of the Air & Space Academy hosted by Gerard Brachet and will be followed by three short presentations by aerospace experts.

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RAeS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Aerospace 2011: Funding the Future

Added on 12 January 2011 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Taking place on the 13th & 14th April 2011 at the Society’s Headquarters, Aerospace 2011: Funding the Future will focus on Aerospace & Aviation in an Age of Austerity and address how both the civil and defence communities can look to overcome economic uncertainties and grow business in the coming years.

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LECTURE: Boeing Flight Test Update on the 747-8 and 787

Added on 07 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

If you’ve ever wanted to know the behind the scenes story of Flight Testing at the Boeing this lecture will take you there.  It will cover some of the most dynamic, risky and interesting testing done to date on the 787 and 747-8 programs.  The lecture will use actual flight test footage of the conditions flown with an explanation of the piloting techniques involved and engineering data gathered.  Each of the videos will have a personal storyline which might surprise the listeners.  It will also be an audience interactive talk with questions to those in attendance before and after each subject.  The topics will range from first flight to maximum brake energy testing on the newest Boeing model airplanes.  The lecture will be divided into three parts: 747-8, 787 and a small section on common type rating between the 787 and 777.  Capt Santoni will be able to relate his personal experiences on the types of testing shown as he has either participated in the actual test or has done similar flights on other models.  There will be time to engage with the speaker after the lecture on any flight test topic of interest.

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LECTURE: Introduction to Mode-S and ADS B

Added on 05 January 2011 by Emma Bossom

As the Single European Sky programme develops Interoperability Regulations on Surveillance, and the UK CAA, in conjunction with DfT, MOD and NATS, progresses the Future Airspace Strategy, the means of delivering future surveillance requirements and the part that ADS-B may play is a key issue. This RAeS Avionics & Systems Group Lecture will introduce the key issues, explore the technical issues and discuss the future strategy and regulatory aspects from both a national and European perspective.

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The European Satellite Navigation Programmes – EGNOS and Galileo

Added on 24 November 2010 by Sam Phillips

Mr Paul Verhoef
European GNSS Programmes Manager at the European Commission

Galileo is Europe’s fully autonomous satellite navigation system which will offer five state-of-the-art navigation services to users worldwide. Once fully deployed, it will feature a constellation of 30 satellites as well as a dedicated global ground infrastructure.

EGNOS is a system that improves the navigation signals of the American GPS system for users in Europe by providing higher accuracy and adding integrity for critical safety-of-life applications especially in the aviation sector. It started delivery of its first service in October 2009.

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BRABAZON LECTURE: The Future, by Airbus

Added on 17 November 2010 by Sam Phillips

BRABAZON LECTURE “The Future, By Airbus”
Charles Champion
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Airbus S.A.S

40 Years ago, Airbus was born and immediately set out to create exciting and innovative aircraft to challenge the field of civil aviation. 100 years ago the Bristol Aeroplane Company was formed and the pioneers from those decades in the past have enabled current aerospace engineers to build on lessons learnt and develop technology for the future.

Today Airbus looks forward another 40 years to 2050 and beyond, discussing the anticipated global needs of a better connected and more sustainable world.

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SOCIETY EVENT: Annual Banquet

Added on 29 October 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society


Guest of Honour:  Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant, Commander-in-Chief Air Command, Royal Air Force

Wednesday 18 May 2011

An exclusive gathering of 400-500 guests from the aerospace community, this occasion has become established as one of the key events in the aerospace industry’s social calendar.

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SOCIETY: Royal Aeronautical Society Golf Day

Added on 29 October 2010 by admin

Royal Aeronautical Society Golf Day for Corporate and Individual Members 


This is a relaxed and informal event and offers the ideal opportunity for networking with fellow golfers in the aviation industry.

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Added on 17 June 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Frilford Heath Golf Club, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire

This is a relaxed and informal event and offers the ideal opportunity for networking with fellow golfers in the aviation industry. The event would lend itself to corporate hospitality and/or as a staff team-building exercise. Above all it’s a fun day out and we would like to encourage as many of our golfing members to sign up as we can!

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Added on 19 May 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Guest of Honour: Tom Burbage, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

An exclusive gathering of approximately 300-400 guests from the aerospace community, this occasion has become established as one of the key events in the industry’s social calendar.

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SOCIETY: Aerospace Book Fair

Added on 07 March 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

The Royal Aeronautical Society is pleased to be holding it’s second Aerospace Book Fair.

This is a great opportunity to browse through and purchase a wide selection of aviation and aerospace literature; and for our members to meet old friends and make new ones.

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