Interesting Events – Mar 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 March – Salisbury

Old Sarum Airfield ‘Vintage Sunday’ Event

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

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.  Joint with IMechE. 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

Tuesday 6th March – Salisbury

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture

Australian bush flying by Paul Catanach. Paul Catanach is currently a serious commercial UK pilot with a great sense of humour and a superb story to tell about his earlier life and adventures as a bush pilot in Australia. Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft, he carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the Northern Territory experiencing the delights and perils of the NT’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet.  Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years of being a bush pilot. Paul will come along with some Australian native artefacts to help illustrate the talk, people and places he has encountered – for us a real insight into the Antipodean sense of humour.  Refreshments from 5pm, Lecture starts 5:15pm Lecture Theatre (adjacent to main restaurant), MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, SP4 0JF.  Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration.  Email Branch Secretary

Wednesday 7th March – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Life of a Fleet Air Arm pilot in the Cold War’ a talk by Kim Sherman. This is the story of Naval Aviation in the 1960s, before the advent of vertical takeoff and landing. A period when the Royal Navy last operated fixed wing aircraft carriers with catapults and arrester wires. It vividly illustrates why there are old naval pilots, and bold naval pilots – but not many old and bold ones! 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

Saturday 10th March – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Graham Robson chats to David Richards, CBE. Motorsport historian, Graham Robson interviews our guest this evening, David Richards. David is the Chairman of Prodrive, Chairman elect of the MSA and former Chairman of Aston Martin.
He spent eight years as a professional rally driver becoming British and Scandinavian champion and concluded his competition career by winning the World Rally Championship as co-driver to Ari Vatanen in 1981. David then devoted his time to developing his business interests, which led to the formation of his own motor racing team and the creation of Prodrive, now a world leading motorsport and advanced technology business. Since 1984, Prodrive has won six FIA World Rally titles with Subaru; four British Touring Car championships; five class wins at Le Mans; and are reigning FIA World Endurance Champions. 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.

Tuesday 13th March – Southampton

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Southampton Area lecture

Tokamak Energy Fusion Development Alan Costley, a PhD graduate of Imperial College, has worked in fusion for more than 40 years. He has held senior positions at the JET project and on the international ITER project. The presentation will provide an insight in to the Tokamak Energy Fusion Development programme. Tokamak Energy are not just a paper exercise, but are putting the theory into practise. By designing and building prototype fusion devices, they learn from each one to develop the next. 19:00 – 20:00. Physics Lecture Theatre B, Southampton University, Southampton SO17 1BJ.

Wednesday 14th March – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Professor Nils Andersson (University of Southampton) – The breakthrough detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes in 2015 sent ripples of excitement through the scientific community and led to the recent award of the Nobel Prize in Physics.  The observation confirmed Albert Einstein’s 100-year old prediction and provided further support of his curved-space/warped-time theory of gravity.  The follow-up observation of colliding neutron stars in August 2017 – an event that was seen across the electromagnetic spectrum – engaged a large part of the international astronomy community.  What made this event so exciting?  Why did it take the best part of a century to detect the gravitational waves in the first place?  What are they, anyway?  The answers to these – and many other – questions will be revealed in this entertaining journey through Einstein’s wonky universe. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Wednesday 14th March – Portsmouth

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network

Where do Space Missions come from? This is a joint event, organised by the Portsmouth & District Physical Society (PDPS). We are all familiar with missions to explore our Solar system and beyond; we regularly see pictures from the surface of Mars, images of Saturn from spacecraft such as Cassini or data from the Hubble Space Telescope.  But how do these missions come together?  What is the process that leads you from “we really need to do this in space” to the launch pad?  This talk will describe the often arduous but very interesting process of getting a mission from a discussion over a cup of tea to proposal and then flight.  I’ll describe some of the successful missions we are involved with in Oxford and also describe some of the concepts that haven’t quite made it…. yet…. 18:45-20:00 Meetings will be held at 7.00 pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE, by kind permission of the Vice-Chancellor and Governors of the University. Please be seated by 6.55pm.

Wednesday 21st March – Southampton

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

Facing Major Change – Anticipating the Professional Impacts of Brexit Chris Yarsley, Project Manager for Midlands & Brexit, Freight Transport Association (FTA). 18:30 – 21:00. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0LY. Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: HDG0344. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

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