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


Government Covid-19 Alert Level 1 regulations apply, and lectures will be in person unless otherwise advised.

Next Meeting
WHEN: 10 November 2020 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Massey University School of Aviation, Airport Drive, Milson
SPEAKER: Claire Walton
SUBJECT: Flying in Jungles and Mountains


Hi All,

Claire will tell us of her recent experiences flying Cessna Grand Caravans and Pilatus Porter aircraft in the jungles and mountains of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea). It promises to be a very interesting presentation, so let’s have a good turnout to celebrate our last formal meeting of 2020 (a year like no other…. So far).

We look forward to seeing you all back at our monthly lectures.



1830 hrs Tuesday 8th December 2020, Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club Linton St. Names to Barry by 01 December please.


Till next time,

Barry Heir,
Branch Secretary

Past Events

13 October 2020 - Speaker: Hugh Francis; The RNZAF B170 Bristol Freighter in Service in Singapore

8 September 2020 - Cancelled

11 August 2020 - Speaker: Mike Harold; The Aviation Industry of the Dannevirke Area

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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