Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Hamilton Branch

Branch Committee

Chairman and Honorary Secretary - Sal Carta 021 268 6960
Vice-Chairman - Warwick Jones 027 307 5308
Honorary Treasurer - Brian Sunderland 021 130 3379
Committee Member - Phil Treweek
Committee Member - David Roberts
Committee Member - Hugh McCarroll
Committee Member - Ron Guest
Our meetings are normally held the fourth Wednesday of each month, February to November.
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Government Covid-19 Alert Level 1 regulations apply. A normal branch lecture will be held unless otherwise advised.

30 September 2020

WHEN: Wednesday 30 September 2020 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm sharp
WHERE: Glenview Club, 211 Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton
SPEAKER: Kyle Knight of Pacific Aerospace Corp.
SUBJECT: Vehicle Aerodynamics.

Kyle worked as an aerodynamicist for the premier racing series in the US; NASCAR. He will share what he learnt about the race team, the competition, and vehicle aerodynamics.

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Past Events

26 August 2020 - SPEAKER: Mr Andy Ives of Pacific Aerospace; SUBJECT: My Career and some Past Projects.

29 July 2020 - SPEAKER: Mr Sal Carta, Chairman SUBJECT: AGM and The Case & Challenges for Commercial Transonic Airliners.

24 June 2020 - SPEAKER: Mr Henry Dumbleton of HDAero SUBJECT: A Sikorsky S76C++ Category A STC.

27 May 2020 - SPEAKER: Mr Jon Kerr SUBJECT: Integration of Medical and Operational Constraints in Aircraft Certification.

26 February, March and April 2020 - no meeting owing to Covid-19 limitations.

27 November 2019 - SPEAKER: Mr Murray McGregor, CPEng MRAeS. SUBJECT: The diesel engined Fletcher currently being tested in the SI.

30 October 2019 - SPEAKER: Mr Hugh McCarroll, B.E. CPEng MRAeS. SUBJECT: Part 3: The Big Picture Update - On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo 11, we are fortunate to have Hugh deliver this address. 'Journey into Space' was a series of three lectures on the history of space travel he started in 2010.

25 September 2019 - SPEAKER: Mr Kevin McMahon, advisor to the MOD. SUBJECT: Procurement Matters and the Challenges of Defence Projects.

28 August 2019 - SPEAKER: Wally Gee and Derek Williams. SUBJECT: History of the New Zealand Aerospace Fletcher FU-24-954

31 July 2019 - SPEAKER: Isaac Henderson BAvMan, PGDipBus, Mav, Assistant Lecturer at Massey Business School, School of Aviation. PN. SUBJECT: A New Era for Airships

26 June 2019 - SPEAKER: Grant Finlay's commentary on a variety of aviation topics, including the Wanaka Airshow 2018, Wings Over Wairarapa, Avalon Airshow (Aust), Omaka 2019 and an assortment of aviation museums and model a/c displays.

10 April 2019 - SPEAKER: Timothy Graham. SUBJECT: "A Drone view from across the ditch".

20 March 2019 - SPEAKER: Bruce Aitken. Our Guest Speaker, author of the book titled "The Memoir of Bruce Malcolm Aitken"

27 February 2019 - AGM

28 November 2018 - SPEAKER: Mr Paul Vickers, CEO Vickers Aircraft Company

24 October 2018 - SPEAKER: Mr. Hugh McCarroll MRAeS. Chairman Ham/Branch. SUBJECT: Australia's Greatest Peril 1942

26 September 2018 - SPEAKER: Mr. Sal Carta. ADS-B the new satellite supported system designed to replace radar as NZ's main a/c tracking technology a step closer.

22 August 2018 - SPEAKER: Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd) Ian Pickering

25 July 2018 - SPEAKER: David Love, (Rtd) Grp/Captn. A brief history of the RAF nuclear arsenal, challenges associated with managing the safe custody of these nuclear weapons.

25 June 2018 - SPEAKER: Flt Lt Roger Henstock, an ex-RNZAF Pilot (Rtd)

30 May 2018 - SPEAKER: Phil Treweek. PRESENTATION: The 2018 Caboolture Air Show


28 March 2018 - SPEAKER: Barry Prior. PRESENTATION: a photo & verbal presentation on aircraft from mid 1980s to date; on NZ and other world aircraft and events .

28 February 2018 - AGM followed by a presentation by Grant Finlay.

03 December 2017 - Christmas dinner

22 November 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Phillip Stott, Director of Icarus Aviation Ltd. SUBJECT: Aviation Quality and Safety Management

25 October 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Grant Finlay and Peter Ryan SUBJECT: Oshkosh 2017

27 September 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Peter Stockwell SUBJECT: L3 Airline Academy (NZ)

23 August 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : John Mounce; SUBJECT: Aviation and Philately

26 July 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Alan Reynolds; SUBJECT: Items of Military Aviation

28 June 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Bruce Belfield SUBJECT: My aviation career and the Safari 400 Helicopter

31 May 2017 - GUEST SPEAKER : Mr Graham Lister SUBJECT: My Side of Erebus

26 April 2017 - SPEAKERS : Neil McHugh & Hugh McCarroll. Neil will be giving a presentation on the building of his aircraft, a Highlander ZK-MCQ, from construction to flying status. It has been seen flying in Raglan and Te Kowhai and looks to be an interesting presentation. Hugh will give a short presentation on his recent design entry in a NASA international competition to solve a long term human life situation for living in space.

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