Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Blenheim Branch


Branch Committee

Chair - Des Ashton 021 664 920 email
Secretary - Harvie Morrow 021 555 066 email
Treasurer - George Jensen 027 294 4116 email

BRANCH MEETINGS

Our meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month, February to November.

Branch Meetings in person are continuing under covid-19 Alert Level 1. However, Zoom meetings may be arranged as advised by email by the Chair and, if applicable, will be indicated below.

Next Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, 21 April 2021 at 7pm
WHERE: Marlborough Aero Club – Clubrooms – 100 Aerodrome Road, Omaka (accessible form the carpark next to the Safe Air Bristol Freighter)
SUBJECT: Sounds Air - Past, Present, Future
SPEAKER: Andrew Crawford, Managing Director Sounds Air Group

Members, non-members, interested persons and guests welcome. Young people interested in an aviation careers particularly welcome.
Tea and Coffee available; Dress - Casual
A voluntary gold coin donation is welcomed from non-members to defray supper costs.

This month our presenter is Andrew Crawford, Managing Director of the Sounds Air Group. As the title suggests, Andrew will cover the history, current operations, and future plans of iconic Marlborough airline Sounds Air and associated businesses. Soundsair last year announced plans to become the first regional airline to offer zero-emission flights, signing a letter of intent to purchase 19-seat, ES-19 electric powered aircraft from Swedish company Heart Aerospace.

Andrew followed a career in small businesses in Sydney for five years, London for 3 years, and Auckland for 10 years, in supply, installation and hire of medium to large diesel generators. In 2003 he and his family bought a third of Sounds Air and moved to Blenheim. At that time, Sounds Air had one Cessna Caravan C208 flying 8,000 passengers per annum and 7 employees. Sounds Air now has a fleet of four C208 Cessna Caravans and six Pilatus PC12s and the four companies of the Sounds Air Group have 85 employees.

The airline will fly 120,000 passengers this year providing an invaluable service between several centres – in some cases on routes not serviced by other carriers. All flights are conducted under single-engined aircraft Instrument Flight Rules.

We look forward to seeing you at this month’s presentation. Please call, text, or email Des Ashton with any questions (contact details above).


Future Presentations

More details to come.

19 May 2021
Subject: Supporting the Development of Advanced Aviation in New Zealand
Speaker: Phil Bartlett, Phil Bartlett, Programme Manager Airspace Integration Trials, MBIE

16 June 2021
Subject: Current and Planned Air projects e.g., the P8 Poseidon
Speaker: Richard Burn, Ministry of Defence Programme Director for Air Projects


Branch Subscription

At this year's AGM, the branch subs for the 2020/21 year were confirmed at $25. If you wish to be a financial member of the branch, please see this attachment and either pay by internet banking or by cheque.

Remember you also have the option of not being a financial member and making a donation when attending meetings.

George Jensen
Treasurer


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Past Events

24 March 2021 - Aviation Training at NMIT – Now and in the Future

17 February 2021 - Tour of Airbus Maintenance Facility

16 December 2020 - Airbus in Blenheim - Today and Tomorrow

25 November 2020 - Solving the Growing Problem of Space Debris!

14 October 2020 - Hangar visit to view 'Gloria Lyons' and two more P-40s!

16 September 2020 - SPEAKER: Sqn Ldr Steve Owen; SUBJECT: "The Next Generation RNZAF - C-130."

August 2020 - no meeting

15 July 2020 - SPEAKER: Chris Calvert MBA BE(Hons) FNZIM; SUBJECT: "New life for retired Defence Equipment."

20 May 2020 - SPEAKER: Hugh McCarroll MRAeS SUBJECT: "Journey into Space - 2020 Update"

April, 25 March and 19 February2020 lectures were cancelled owing to covid-19 effects making speakers unavailable.

15 January2020 - SPEAKER: Timothy Graham; SUBJECT: A Drone View from Across the Ditch –2020

12 December 2019 - SPEAKER: John Saunders; SUBJECT: "The CURTISS P-40 KITTYHAWK - Rebuilding History"

13 November 2019 - SPEAKER: Alan Clayton. SUBJECT: "Ryanair BOEING 737 Deliveries from BOEING - Improving and Streamlining the Process"

26 September 2019 - SPEAKER: Neil Hygate MRAeS , SUBJECT: "THE DEFENCE CAPABILITY PLAN 2019 - What it Means for the Best Little Air Force in the World"

21 August 2019 - SPEAKER: Mike Lynskey MBA MRAeS SUBJECT: "ASPEQ – FROM NZ AVIATION BEGINNINGS TO INTERNATIONAL MULTI-INDUSTRY SUCCESS"

17 July 2019 - Speaker –Des Ashton RAeS SUBJECT: "The Collapse of ANSETT AUSTRALIA - A Perspective"

26 June 2019 - SPEAKER: John Chisholm, owner of TEXEL AIR, Bahrain based, SUBJECT: "Texel Air's Boeing 737-700 Flex-Combi Project"

22 May 2019 - SPEAKER: Geoff Blake - Senior Program Manager NZ - Airbus Australia Pacific SUBJECT: " Airbus business activities in Blenheim and elsewhere"

24 April 2019 - SPEAKER: Des Ashton FRAeS SUBJECT: "THE COLLAPSE OF ANSETT AUSTRALIA - A PERSPECTIVE"

20 March 2019 - SPEAKER: Kevin McMahon SUBJECT: " CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS OF DEFENCE PROJECTS "

24 October 2018 - Video: "First Light: An historical record of a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain"

19 September 2018 - GUEST SPEAKER: Wg Cdr Brett Clayton, CO Flying Training Wing RNZAF Base Ohakea
SUBJECT: " The RNZAF Aerobatic Team, The Black Falcons "

16 August 2018 - GUEST SPEAKER: John Bampfylde, Managing Director of Dronemate
SUBJECT: "Coming to a Place Near You"

18 July 2018 - GUEST SPEAKER: James Gropp, Deputy HOD NMIT SUBJECT: Career Presentation - US Air Force and NMIT

20 June 2018 - GUEST SPEAKER: Harvie Morrow SUBJECT: Oshkosh and US Aviation Sites Tour 2015

16 May 2018 - GUEST SPEAKER: Lt Cdr RN (ret'd) Ian A Sloan BEng (Hons) MRAeS SUBJECT: A Golden Thread - Sea Harrier to F-35B

18 April 2018 - SPEAKER: Keith Gilchrist NZMOD SUBJECT: The SH2G Super Seasprite in New Zealand Service

21 March 2018 - SPEAKER: Steve Moore SUBJECT: The A4K/G Skyhawk in RNZAF service, post-KAHU, 1990-2000

21 February 2018 - SPEAKER: Neal Garnett - Head of Strategic Relations (NZ), Airbus Australia Pacific SUBJECT: Airbus today and an outline of the A400M and C295 aircraft

15 November 2017 - SPEAKER: Brett McKenzie of Marops SUBJECT: How a small NZ company works with aerospace heavyweight Boeing

18 October 2017 - SPEAKER: Des Ashton SUBJECT: Large Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) – What can they do for New Zealand?

20 September 2017 - SPEAKER: Adam McMillan, General Manager Regional Maintenance Operations, Air New Zealand SUBJECT: Maintenance Operations and Air New Zealand Regional Maintenance Ltd

16 AUGUST 2017 - SPEAKER: John Lanham SUBJECT: The A4K/G Skyhawk in RNZAF Service, pre-KAHU Update, 1970-1990

19 JULY 2017 - SPEAKER: John Wyllie, Chief Executive and Founder. SUBJECT: FLIGHTCELL

28 MARCH 2017 - SPEAKER: Don Simms SUBJECT: SKYHAWKS

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