Interesting Events – Feb 2018

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.

Sunday 4th February – Salisbury

Old Sarum Airfield ‘Vintage Sunday’ 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. Arrivals from 10am. Free landings at Old Sarum for all aircraft registered before 1960.

Reduced entry (£5) to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for pilots of pre-1960 aircraft and drivers/riders of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes. 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 the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection can be found on Facebook page: or at

Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th February – Farnborough

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018

The UK’s largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6XL.

Tuesday 6th February – Southampton

IMechE Southampton Area and RAES Solent Lecture

Aerial Revolution Dr Stephen Prior CEng, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Autonomous air vehicles (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS) are becoming integrated into the mainstream, from the armed forces using them as reconnaissance and weapons platforms, to large internet companies proposing their use as a global delivery system. New challenges in RPAS include, efficient propulsion systems, Non- line of sight (NLOS) communication, aerial docking (Swarms) and operations where GPS is denied, blocked or spoofed. Join us for an exciting technical lecture with Dr Stephen Prior (CEng & MIMechE) from the University of Southampton, offering an insight into the engineering behind these innovative machines and their capabilities. 19:00 – 20:00. Physics Lecture Theatre B, Southampton University, Southampton SO17 1BJ. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or

Thursday 15th February – Salisbury

Museum of Army Flying Event

“Winkle in search of Secret German Technology” Paul Beaver Lecture Series.  In April 1945, Winston Churchill created a task force to go to Nazi Germany and bring back the best of their technology and scientists.

The pilot chosen to lead the flying side was Winkle Brown and what he found profoundly shocked the British aeronautical establishment. Paul Beaver, Winkle’s biographer, tracks some of the highlights for us.

A curry supper is available from the Apache Cafe team from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered). 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  £10 lecture, £7.50 supper.  Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY.

Thursday 15th February – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

The Icarus Wingsuit Project presented by Dr Angelo Grubišić wingsuit BASE jumper and lecturer of aeronautics and astronautics. Dr Angelo Grubišić is the British FAI PPC silver medalist for wingsuit performance skydiving and holds the British PPC record for distance flown in competition. He is a wingsuit BASE jumper and Lecturer of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton. Over the last two years, Dr Grubišić and students at Southampton have helped to put scientific understanding in to wingsuit aerodynamics, leading projects to try to make the sport safer and save lives by expanding pilot knowledge and developing innovations to give pilots greater margin.  Wingsuit BASE athletes use low aspect ratio ram air pressurised aeroelastic suits to fly from cliffs and down mountainsides, and at speeds between 160-400 km/h.  Within the last two years, many leading pilots have died in the sport with an accelerating trend and 36 in 2016. A significant number of fatalities have occurred during terrain flying or loss of control when exiting cliffs. One factor is the poorly developed aerodynamic performance of wingsuits, which stall suddenly and are unforgiving of pilot error. The talk will give attendees an insight into the mechanics and aerodynamics of wingsuits as well as the psychology and risks in wingsuit BASE. The talk will discuss the pioneering use of a 3D computational fluid dynamics and experimental testing at Southampton to develop insights into wingsuit aerodynamics, enabling development of adaptations to extend the flight envelope to improve safety in the sport. 19:00 (doors at 18:30) Murray Lecture Theatre University of Southampton. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or

Wednesday 21st February – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group by Dr Noelia Noël (University of Surrey).  A “Grand Challenge” in modern astrophysics is to understand how galaxies form and evolve. Our Local Group of galaxies, i.e., the galaxies around Andromeda and the Milky Way, are the best laboratories we have at hand. In particular the “Magellanic Clouds”, our two nearest Irregular dwarf galaxies, provide the best workplace to study galaxy formation. The Magellanic Clouds are currently interacting with one another while orbiting around the Milky Way. Their close proximity allows us to resolve their individual stars, providing a unique ‘Rosetta stone’ for understanding galactic encounters and mergers. In this talk she will show how to use stars to perform “galactic archaeology”, unpicking the fossil record of a galaxy’s past by forensically dissecting its stellar content.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 22nd February – Bournemouth

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture

Flight – The Human Factor Speaker: Ashley Morgan, FAST archivist. As aircraft design became more sophisticated, enabling man to fly higher and faster, a new science emerged known as Aviation Medicine. This illustrated presentation looks at the work of the former RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) Farnborough and their colleagues at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) Gosport, and features film clips from the FAST archives7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Cobham Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB.  This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. Contact Roger Starling e-mail or tel 01929 553822.

Thursday 22nd February – Newport IoW

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network

QEC Solent Dredging Project Scott Cruttenden Boskalis Westminster Limited.  Portsmouth will become the home of two new aircraft carriers. Boskalis Westminster Ltd were responsible for widening and deepening the port. This involved detecting and removing obstructions and unexploded ordnance (UXO). The navigation channel was too narrow and shallow for the aircraft carriers and needed to be widened from 200 to 500 meters and deepened to 11 meters. The inner harbour and the turning basin were also deepened. A large proportion of the dredging work, which involved a volume of 3.2 million cubic meters, was executed by the Boskalis trailing suction hopper dredger Shoalway and the backhoe dredger Manu Pekka. 7:00 for 7:30 pm The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport – The Sail Loft room. Organised by the UK – South: Solent local network. Contact Dave Miller or Jonathan Baker 03300 202520 for more information.

Friday February 23rd – Winchester

Winchester Science Centre Big Bang

The Big Bang @ Winchester Science Centre is back again for a third year!  The STEM NOW team are looking for STEM companies, institutions, academics and individuals to bring along hands-on activities for students aged 10 to 14 to engage with. This event is designed as ‘expo’ style, with table top stands for students to visit. This year we are expect 650 students to attend throughout the day. We will be able to provide each exhibitor with 1 table and access to electricity.  If you have any further questions please contact Emily, alternatively please book a ticket to secure a place. We are also looking for general volunteers to ensure the day runs smoothly. Roles will include; ushering, lunch cover for exhibitors and science explaining. Please book a general volunteering ticket.  Event 10:00 – 14:00. STEM NOW at Winchester Science Centre Telegraph Way, off Alresford Road Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ.Emily Thorpe-Smith, Director of STEM Engagement Direct Line: +44 1962 891933 Main: +44 1962 863791.

Saturday 24th February – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

First Gear – The Car and TV before Jeremy. For over five years the National Motor Museum Trust’s Film and Video Curator, Sarah Wyatt, and her team of volunteers have been exploring every nook and cranny in the collection. They have found undiscovered recordings of long lost TV shows including Drive In, Wheelbase, Motorfair, The Motor Show, Wheels and Wheeltracks.  Join Chris Goffey, long time motoring journalist and Top Gear presenter for over ten years, as he unveils some of these hidden gems. Expect cars, stars and commercials that have not been on our TVs for decades. The evening will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre at 7.30 pm. The Museum will be open from 6.00 pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for members of the Friends of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members.


Monday 5th March – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture

Aerodynamics Design and Testing in Elite Sport and Product Development presented by Dr Rob Lewis OBE, Managing Director, Total Simulation Ltd.  The Royal Aeronautical Society Solent Branch committee is delighted to have Dr Rob Lewis OBE presenting our RJ Mitchell lecture for 2018.  Rob Lewis is the managing director of TotalSim Ltd, leaders in the fields of aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).  After starting his career with Fluent, a name well known to any students of CFD, Rob left to start AdvantageCFD with Adrian Reynard at Reynard Motorsports. AdvantageCFD supported all of Reynard’s motorsport designs, including the BAR F1 cars.  Rob grew AdvantageCFD to 25 people by late 2006 when it was an essential part of Honda F1 aerodynamics department. AdvantageCFD succeeded in setting the standard in motorsport CFD from inception to its closure in 2007. The switch in focus away from any outside consulting by the Honda F1 Racing Team gave Rob and some of the team at AdvantageCFD the chance to continue working with their clients by creating TotalSim Ltd. Nowadays TotalSim specialises in CFD consultancy, development and support, with a particular focus on motor racing and other high performance sport.  They have helped clients to achieve some extremely impressive goals, such as winning at Le Mans with Aston Martin and collecting several gold medals with the British Olympic cycling team. In his presentation to us, Rob will be talking about the aerodynamic analysis of numerous racing cars Moto GP bikes and Olympic cycling equipment.  He will also reveal details of an exciting new development that TotalSim are heavily involved with: the conversion of a Victorian railway tunnel into a wind tunnel, transforming it into the world’s premier full scale vehicle testing facility. 19:00 (drinks reception at 18:00). Although free to attend this is a ticketed event.  Please get your tickets at

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