Interesting Events – Feb 2017

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

Wednesday 1st February Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society SHHAS Talk

‘Accident in Antarctica’ a talk by James Mason. James Mason has made a study of the loss of Air New Zealand DC10 ZK-NZP which crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica on the 28th November 1979. James first dealt with the incident, the background and post-crash investigations which led to a Royal Commission of Inquiry. The second part of the well-illustrated presentation described a modern logistics flight on a USAF C17 made by the speaker and the Memorial established at Scott Base to mark the 30th anniversary of the incident. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Sunday 5th February Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event

Our popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for this informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960.

On arrival, please follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area. Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield. Information on events at Old Sarum can be found on the website:

Monday 6th February Southampton – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Formula 1 Aerodynamics: Modelling for Performance presented by Steve Liddle MEng(Hons) PhD CEng FRAeS, Principal Aerodynamicist, Renault Sport Racing. Steve is a Chartered Engineer, was chairman of the Young Members Board of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2008-10 and an elected council member from 2010, being elected a Fellow of the society in 2015. Since 2011, he has been a trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operated the last airworthy Avro Vulcan and aims to return the record breaking Canberra WK163 to flight in 2018. Steve was inspired into a career in aerospace by a fascination with the Vulcans, Buccaneers and Tornados that visited the nearby RAF Finningley (now Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport) when he was growing up. He studied for MEng and PhD degrees at the University of Manchester, during which he spent time at Rolls-Royce, developing manufacturing technology for the JSF (F-35B Lightning II) aircraft programme. 19:00 (doors at 18:30) Murray Lecture Theatre University of Southampton. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or

Wednesday 8th February Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Tuning in to the Universe: probing the cosmos with radio waves by Dr David Bacon (University of Portsmouth). We are living through an astonishing period of discovery about the Universe. We’re even learning about new forms of material and energy in the Universe which are invisible, by seeing their effects on things we can see. An exciting new step in this adventure will be performed by the new generation of radio telescopes, bigger than ever before and starting their explorations right now. In this talk I will discuss our current picture of the cosmos, and show how radio waves from billions of light years away will take our understanding to the next level in the coming decade. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Tuesday 21st February Southampton – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture

RJ Mitchell Lecture by Dr Paolo Ferri Head of Operations European Space Operations Centre. This lecture will recall the European Space Agency Rosetta mission and its spectacular and unique operations, describe the ExoMars missions and their operational and development status. Finally the future missions to Mercury, Sun and Jupiter and their operational challenges will be briefly introduced. The highlights of the two years operations at the comet and the spectacular mission termination will also be described. 19:00 Turner Sims Concert Hall University of Southampton. This is free to attend but ticketed event. Book via email Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or



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