Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Palmerston North Branch

Branch Committee

Chairman - Dennis O'Rourke 022 358 5442 email
Secretary - Barry Heir 027 486 4753 email


11 August 2020

WHEN: Tuesday 11 August 2020 7:00pm
WHERE: Massey University School of Aviation, Airport Drive, Milson
SPEAKER: Mike Harold
SUBJECT: The Aviation Industry of the Dannevirke Area


Mike is an Artist, Historian and Author who has just published a book titled “BECOMING AIRMINDED – A TIMELINE OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DANNEVIRKE AVIATION.” You will have seen some excerpts from the book on STUFF recently.
The Branch is going to buy a copy of the book to raffle at the meeting so bring some coin for the raffle. Mike will also bring further copies of the limited-edition book to sell so if you want a copy for your aviation library bring some cash.



Till next time,

Dennis O’Rourke,
Branch Chairman

Past Events

14 July 2020 - Speaker: Capt. Ashok Poduval; The Aviation Industry Now and in the Post-Covid World

11 June 2020 - Speaker: Dennis O'Rourke; Subject: Battling The Divine Wind - The Fleet Air Arm in the Pacific War

10 March 2020 - Speaker: Mat Bailey, Engineering Manager; Subject: Avcraft current operation and aircraft

11 February 2020 - Speaker: Glen Turner; Subject: AIRCRAFT EJECTION SEATS


12 November 2019 - Speaker: Wg Cdr Lyall Stewart and Ron Thacker RNZAF; Subject: The RNZAF P8A Poseidon Acquisition Programme

8 October 2019 - Speaker: Hugh McCarroll MRAeS; Subject: Recent Space Flight and Associated Activities

10 September 2019 - Speaker: John Reid CEO Fieldair; Subject: NZ UAV CENTRE and Fieldair Business Units

13 August 2019 - Speaker: Dennis O'Rourke Subject: The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in the Pacific War

9 July 2019 - VIDEO: Flying the DC3

11 June 2019 - Speaker: Mike Tuohy, Subject: A Presentation on Air Shows, and Aviation Events and Museum visits

14 May 2019 - Presentation by Helicopter Crew - 3 Sqn RNZAF

9 April 2019 - Photo Show - WoW and AIA

12 March 2019 - Rescue Helicopter Provider overview

12 February 2019 - Tour of new facilities of School of Aviation

11 December 2018 - Christmas Social Meeting

13 November 2018 - Speaker: Mike Zaytsoff (member) ; Subject: The de Havilland Canada / Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8) in its several developments

11 September 2018 - Speaker: Sqn Ldr Simon Shaw Subject: Flying the Nimrod and RAF Maritime Operations

14 August 2018 - video 'The PBY Catalina'

10 July 2018- RNZAF OHAKEA Base Visit

12 June 2018 - Speaker: Capt Ashok Poduval, CEO Massey University School of Aviation; Subject: The Looming Shortage of Pilots and Technical Personnel

8 May 2018 - Speaker: Wg Cdr Brett Clayton RNZAF; Subject: The Black Falcons

10 April 2018 - Speaker: Flt Lt Alexander JOEL - RAAF; Subject: RAAF and RNZAF Experiences and the RAAF E-7A Wedgetail

13 March 2018 - VIDEO - Flying the PBY Catalina

12 December 2017 - Christmas Dinner

23 November 2017 - "The Geometry of Memory" The spatial logic of war memorials and the geometry applied to places of remembrance.

24 November 2017 - "The Centenary Commemoration" - WWI's impact on the 20th century, and the commemoration of the centenary of the Great War.

14 November 2017 - Speaker: Mitchell Brown; Subject: Urban Search and Rescue

10 October 2017 - Speaker: Isaac Henderson, Massey University School of Aviation; Subject: A New Era for Airships

12 September 2017 - Speaker: David Lanham, CEO Palmerston North Airport Limited

15 August 2017 - Subject: Test Flying; Speaker: Prospero (Paco) Uybaretta of the Martin Aircraft Company, manufacturers of the MARTIN JET PACK.

11 July 2017 - Subject: the Force Protection Unit - RNZAF Speaker: Sgt Aaron McLean

13 June 2017 - Subject: the Australian International Air Show at Avalon; Speaker: Steve Parsons

9 May 2017 - Subject: visit to Avcraft Engineering NZ Ltd; Speaker: from Avcraft

29 April 2017 - ANZAC DAY 2017

11 April 2017 - Subject: Working in Timor Leste; Speaker: Inspector Pat Handcock ONZM, of the New Zealand Police

14 March 2017 - Subject: The Lockheed P-3 Orion in RNZAF Service; Speaker: Gp Capt Ric Bulger RNZAF Rtd

14 February 2017 - Subject: The Reno Air Races; Speaker: Mike Tuohy

13 December 2016 - CHRISTMAS FUNCTION

8 November 2016 - Subject: "Changes to the New Zealand Airspace – which commence on 10 November." Speaker: Capt Ashok Poduval

11 October 2016 - Subject: "The Evolution of Aviation Security; its complexities and getting the balance right."; Speaker: Hugo Porter

13 September 2016 - Subject: The Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School

9 August 2016 - Subject: Flying the Sunderland and Orion; Speaker: Group Captain Rick Bulger RNZAF (Rtd)

14 June 2016 - Subject: Massey University's School of Aviation RPAS Course; Speaker: Andrew Vialoux from the Massey University's School of Aviation

12 April 2016 - Subject: The Police Armed Offenders Squad. Subject: Detective Sgt Tim Moffatt, O/C of the Armed Offenders Squad.

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