Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Bay of Plenty Branch

Branch Committee

Chairman - Des Underwood, MRAeS, email
Treasurer/Membership - Mike Feisst email
Secretary - Not filled
Deputy Chairman - Not filled
Committee Member - Jack Best email
Committee Member - Wally Gee email
Committee Member - Graham Lister email
Committee Member - Dr David Lyon email


Government Covid-19 Alert Level 1 regulations apply. A normal branch lecture will be held unless otherwise advised.

Next Meeting

WHEN: Friday 04 December 2020 ; 17.00 for 18.00 start
WHERE: Normally AvGas Café, Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Place, Mt Maunganui (unless advised otherwise).
SPEAKER: Mike Feisst
SUBJECT: Impressions of the Aircraft Collection of the Late John Smith - Now on show Omaka WW2 and Biggin Hill

Following Mike and Lois' recent trip to Nelson, Mike is ready to share his impressions of the aircraft he saw at Omaka, which had been brought from the treasure trove that John Smith collected at Mapua. Gavin Conroy spoke to the volunteers at Classic Flyers, indicating that the aircraft still had all fittings and fixtures still as they had been when acquired, and that the structure was complete. After a clean-up, these aircraft would be ready for display at Omaka Aviation Heritage, near Blenheim.

Following Mike's previous walk-through of the HARS Aviation Museum at Illawarra, NSW, expect a thorough review of these recently uncovered WW2 original aircraft which are destined to remain in NZ. This collection is what you hear about overseas - now we have an important 'time capsule' of WW2 aircraft types which will stay in NZ.

Please register your intention to attend with Des Underwood to help ensure there are enough Christmas nibbles! Gold coin contribution appreciated.
Regards & thanks

Des Underwood. MRAeS
Chairman, Bay of Plenty Branch Branch, RAeS

Past Meetings

6 November 2020 - "Sir Keith Park" by Wally Gee

2 October 2020 - The Restoration of the Thruxton Jackaroo - ZK-PHZ

4 September 2020 - The Life and Times of George Bolt - Aviation Pioneer 1893-1963

7 August 2020 - Air Charter Operations - UK, Europe and Scandinavia

17 July 2020 - Career Highlights of a former RNZAF C-130 Captain

5 June 2020 - Restoration of a Lockheed 10A Electra ZK-AFD

28 May 2020 - an away meeting to Solo Wings, Aerodrome Road, Tauranga

1 May 2020 - ZOOM meeting online: Speaker: Wally Gee; Subject: "The Stearman Story"

3 April 2020 - ZOOM meeting online: Speaker: Des Underwood; Subject: "Mandeville 2020"

6 March 2020 - Speaker: Brian Cox; Subject: "Black Monday - 1945"

31 January 2020 - AGM and Branch Barbecue

6 December 2019 - Speakers: John (JC) Mathewson and Des Underwood. Subject: The KAHU Jet - RNZAF's Updated Air Combat Fighter

5 October 2019 - Speaker: Neil Hygate, Director Air Domain, Capability Delivery, NZ Ministry of Defence. Subject: The Defence Capability Plan

6 September 2019 - Speaker: Des Underwood MRAeS. Subject: The World of Sgt James WARD VC

9 August 2019 - Speaker: Hugh McCarroll BE CEng MRAeS. Subject: Journey into Space - Part 3 - The Big Picture - 2019 Update

5 July 2019 - Speaker: Colin Alexander, LAME and flight instructor Subject: TECNAM Types in New Zealand

7 June 2019 - Speaker: Wally Gee assisted by Derek Williams. Subject: The History of the NZ Aerospace FU-24

22 May 2019 - Speaker: Erika Pearson. Subject: 50 Years since NAC 737 Introduction; 100 Years of Boeing

27 April 2019 -Airfield Day, Thames

5 April 2019 - Speaker: Timothy Graham. Subject: A Drone View from Across the Ditch

1 March 2019 - Speaker: Russell Corney. Subject: Flying DC3's in PNG and with ANSETT AUSTRALIA

1 February 2019 - Branch AGM

7 December 2018 - Speaker: Mike Feisst. Subject: Visit to HARS Aviation Museum

2 November 2018 - Speaker: Wally Gee, Branch Committee Member. Subject: Grumman TBF Avenger Restorations at Classic Flyers

5 October 2018 - Speaker: Des Underwood MRAeS. Subject: A Tribute to Sir Frank Whittle

14 September 2018 - Speaker: Rev Dr Richard Waugh QSM. Subject: The History of NAC – 1947 – 1978

10 August 2018 - Speaker: Andrew Gormlie, CEO Classic Flyers Subject: CFNZ Renwick Recovery Mission

6 July 2018 - Speaker: Ross Dawson. Subject: Tauranga Helicopter Training

4 May 2018 - Speaker: Denys Coulter-Jones. Subject: Progress at Ferrymead

6 April 2018 - Speaker: David Love . Subject: Security Branch Support of RAF Operations

9 February 2018 - AGM

8 December 2017 - Speaker: Bill Janes. Subject: Scale Model Engines

3 November 2017 - Speaker: Barry Gillingwater. Subject: "Special Spitfire"

6 October 2017 - Speaker: Linton Heatley Subject: Hovercraft Ops on the English Channel

1 September 2017 - Speaker: Brian Lockstone MRAeS. Subject: The NZ Contribution to the Air War - WW1

21 July 2017 - Speaker: Craig Mossman. Subject: Fighter Jets and More

16 June 2017 - Speaker: Wing Commander Peter Johnson MBE, MRAeS. Subject: RAF Merlin HC3 Helicopter Operations in Iraq

5 May 2017 - Speaker: Ray Stark, CEO of FlyStark. Subject: FlyStark

7 April 2017 - Subject: What's in an Airshow?

10 February 2017 - Speaker: Owen Bieleski. Subject: Boeing 787 Ops

2 December 2016 - Speaker: Dr Calum Young. Subject: Aviation Medicine

4 November 2016 - Speaker: Graham Lister; Subject: My Side of Erebus

7 October 2016 - Speaker: Bryan Cox. Subject: The Mighty Corsair

2 September 2016 - Speaker: Brian Lockstone. Subject: The Exploits of Jean Batten in Aviation

5 August 2016 - Speaker: Steve Geard. Subject: Aerobatics in the YAK55

1 July 2016 - Speaker: Andrew Duffy. Subject: Helicopters / Offshore Helicopters in Oil and Gas

10 June 2016 - Speaker: Melanie Salisbury. Subject: Aviation Tours to the UK

6 May 2016 - Speaker: Grayson Ottaway. Subject: Local Rutan Pedigree to Take Flight

6 April 2016 - Speaker: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, ADC, RAF Rtd (Chief of Air Staff 2009-13), President Elect of the RAeS UK

8 April 2016 - Speaker: Lloyd Klee, director of Aviation Safety Supplies Ltd in Tauranga . Subject: "Emergency Beacon Technology in Aviation"

4 March 2016 - This month's Branch meeting will be chaired by Dr David Lyon, and Des Underwood will deliver the lecture. Subject: The DC-3 Re-born: Basler BT-67

4 December 2015 - Speaker: Marty Cantlon. Subject: "An Impression of OSHKOSH 2015"

6 November 2015 - Speaker: Adrian Cable. Subject: "GLIDING IN THE BAY"

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