Royal Aeronautical Society New Zealand Division (RAeS)

Re-establishment of Auckland Branch, Inaugural Meeting and Presentation

WHEN: 25 September 2019
WHERE: – Beca Premises, 21 Pitt Street Auckland


Thanks to the generosity of Beca who have made their premises available and Ade Morris, Beca, Technical Director, Systems Engineering who has volunteered to act as interim Branch Chairman we are pleased to announce an initiative to re-establish an Auckland Branch. The branch has been in abeyance for several years.We are doing this in co-operation with a kindred organisation –The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (New Zealand Region) and we will have some attendees from other branches and possibly from Engineers NZ

Format for the Evening

5.45pm-6.00pm Arrival –free parking(RSVP required)-under guidance of a Beca representative.

6.00pm -6.15pm Informal introductions –light refreshments (available through the evening). Please complete the attendance list.

6.15pm –6.25pm Brief introductions from Ade Morris Interim Chairman of RAeS Auckland Branch and Des Ashton –Honorary President of RAeSNZ Division

6.25pm –6.45pm Open discussion to assess interest and take suggestions from those present on establishing an Auckland Branch,potential synergies with kindred organisations and any related matters–not a formal branch meeting but the RAeS would like to hear from those who might be interested in assisting with branch administration.

6.45pm –7.45pm Presentation, questions and discussion–“The Boeing 737 Max Situation –An Independent Perspective” by Shaun Johnson, Manager Airworthiness and Tim Dutton, Senior Technical Specialist –Flight Test Engineering; both of CAA New Zealand. (see separate notice below)

Please contact, 021 664 920;
cc ade.morris@beca.comfor further information

Des Ashton
Honorary President
Royal Aeronautical Society
New Zealand Division

Auckland Branch Relaunch

After having been in recess for a number of years, the Auckland Branch was relaunched at a function hosted by Des Ashton Hon. President of the NZ Division, RAeS and the Acting Branch Chairman, Ade Morris Technical Director, Systems Engineering with Beca at the Pitt Street offices, in Auckland CBD.

More than 60 Aucklanders including a number of members of the NZ Div. Council attended this meeting to relaunch Auckland Branch. The meeting opened with a discussion around the aim of re-establishing a Branch. With Ade Morris leading the Branch, those who had registered and attended the meeting will be canvased to assist with the formation of a Branch committee to manage an activity programme.

With general agreement for the re-formation of the Branch, Des Ashton introduced the speakers for a joint presentation on topical aviation matter of great interest, titled: “The Boeing 737 Max Situation – An Independent Perspective”. This was delivered by Tim Dutton, Senior Technical Specialist – Flight Test Engineering and Shaun Johnson, Manager Airworthiness; both from NZ CAA. Shaun is the VP NZ Div Council.

While much has been written in the published and social media on this topic, the NZ CAA representatives provided those present with an insight into the work underway by Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Authority, Transport Canada and EASA to get the 737MAX released for service while specifically noting the accident investigations which are ongoing.

We were shown graphs taken from the Flight Data Recorders from the two 737MAX which had been lost with all on board in the past year. While much has been made of the supposed software fix to make the MAX operate in the same way as its predecessor variants, we learned the special software had been installed to the speed trim system to automatically correct the pitch trim of the MAX when the pitch attitude exceeded pre-set limits on the angle of attack vane.

The scale of the resulting grounding of the MAX involved more than 400 aircraft which were removed from service. The drive by Boeing to correct and test the necessary changes to the software to satisfy the aviation regulators is pressing with outstanding orders exceeding 4000 for the MAX.

It was heartening to be told of the very level of co-operation being undertaken by Boeing and the aviation regulators involved and learn of some of the changes being made to manage the release from grounding of the 4th major variant of the 737 design which dates back to the 1960s.

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