Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Blenheim Branch


Branch Committee

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

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

BRANCH MEETINGS - 2020


Branch Meetings are cancelled until further notice owing to covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4 restrictions. However Zoom meetings may be arranged as advised by email by the Chair, and as indicated below.

20 May 2020

WHEN: Wednesday 20 May 2020 Zoom lecture
WHERE: On-Line only - NOT at Marlborough Aero Club, Omaka Aerodrome, Aerodrome Road
SPEAKER: Hugh McCarroll MRAeS
SUBJECT: Journey Into Space - 2020 Update

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Past Events

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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