Royal Aeronautical Society - New Zealand Division

Wellington Branch


Branch Committee

Chairman - David Saunders email
Vice Chairman - John Lanham
Secretary - Bernard Weinstein
Treasurer - Andrew Heald
Committee Member - Monique Hogervorst
Committee Member - Gp Capt Peter Johnson
Committee Member - John Cook
Committee Member - David Jupp - Editor of "Wings & Things"
Youth in Aviation Member - to be appointed

Branch Mailing Address

RAeS Wellington Branch
PO Box 15082
Wellington 6243

Meeting Dates & Location

The Wellington Branch of the RAeS (NZ) meets at up to three different venues in Wellington, but often at the National SCOUT Centre, Level 1, 1 Kaiwharawhara Rd (opposite Spotlight), at 5.30pm for 6pm start, on the fourth Thursday of each month, February through November. It is also possible that some meetings may be ZOOM meetings online. The venue for each meeting will be clearly stated in the Newsletter each month.

The AGM is usually held during the Wellington Branch March Meeting.


BRANCH EVENTS - 2020



25 June 2020

WHEN: Thursday 25 June 2020; 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
WHERE: National SCOUT Centre, Level 1, 1 Kaiwharawhara Road, Wellington (opposite Spotlight )
SPEAKER: Nick Kile
SUBJECT: The Truth About Carbon Dioxide

Bernard Weinstein, Branch Secretary.

Future topics (dates to be advised)

  • Rocketry in New Zealand - Jack Davies
  • Update on Space Exploration - Hugh McCarroll
  • The 737 Max story - Shaun Johnson / Tim Dutton

    Read "Wings & Things"




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Past Events


25 JUNE 2020 - - SPEAKER: Nick Kile; SUBJECT: "The Truth About Carbon Dioxide".

28 MAY 2020 - - ZOOM Meeting; Peter Cook's presentation on "Space Threat Assessment"

23 APRIL 2020 - Matthew Lloyd's presentation on the New Zealand Red Cross UAV project

27 FEBRUARY 2020 - SPEAKERS: Charles Davis and Bernard Weinstein, SUBJECT: "Early Aviation History in Wellington and an early history of the Wellington Aero Club"

5 DECEMBER 2019 - End of Year DINNER at Wildfire Restaurant, 60 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

24 OCTOBER 2019 - SPEAKERS: Charles Davis; SUBJECT: Early Aviation History in Wellington

26 SEPTEMBER 2019 - SPEAKERS: Guy Brooking CFI, L3HARRIS Airline Academy; SUBJECT: Training Systems, Procedures and New Developments at L3Harris Airline Academy, New Zealand

22 AUGUST 2019 - SPEAKERS: Jim Burtenshaw and Dan Foley; SUBJECT: Safety Investigation at the NZ Civil Aviation Authority

25 JULY 2019 - SPEAKER: Kevin McMahon; SUBJECT: Challenges Of Defence Projects

27 JUNE 2019 - Branch AGM followed by presentation. SPEAKER: John McKinlay; SUBJECT: Sector Risk Profiling

23 MAY 2019 - SPEAKER: Capt Natasha Politakis, Air Nelson; SUBJECT: Career Opportunities for Women in Aviation

2 MAY 2019 - SPEAKER: Des Ashton FRAeS; SUBJECT: Things Fall Off Aircraft

27 MARCH 2019 - SPEAKER: Graeme Frew; SUBJECT: My Journey to the Reno Air Races

28 FEBRUARY 2019 -SPEAKER: Isaac Henderson; SUBJECT: UAV Regulation. Watch Video presentation

13 DECEMBER 2018 - End Of Year Dinner at Wildfire Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse), 60 Tory St, Te Aro

28 NOVEMBER 2018 - SUBJECT: The New Wellington Airport Control Tower

25 OCTOBER 2018 - SPEAKER: Andrew Hewitt; SUBJECT: Digital Revolution in Aircraft Maintenance

27 SEPTEMBER 2018 - SUBJECT: Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber. QUIZ and VIDEO

23 AUGUST 2018 - SPEAKER: Isaac Henderson; SUBJECT: A New Era for Airships

26 JULY 2018 - SPEAKER: Brian Lockstone MRAeS, MILT; SUBJECT: The Relevance of Aviation History to Millennials

30 JUNE 2018 - SPEAKER: Guided Tour; Great War Exhibition; SUBJECT: Great War Exhibition (GWE)

31 MAY 2018 - SPEAKER: Andrew Hewitt Head of Engineering Contracts and Leasing, Air New Zealand; SUBJECT: Managing the Big Jets - Creating a CAMO

26 APRIL 2018 - SPEAKER: Steve Smyth, Director NSS at NZCAA; SUBJECT: The New Southern Sky Programme

22 MARCH 2018 - SPEAKER: David Saunders; SUBJECT: The Mosquito

28 FEBRUARY 2018 - SPEAKER: Isaac Henderson SUBJECT: UAV Regulation

23 NOVEMBER 2017 - QUIZ NIGHT

26 OCTOBER 2017 - SPEAKER: Steve Moore; SUBJECT: The A4K/G Skyhawk in RNZAF service, post-KAHU, 1990-2000

28 SEPTEMBER 2017 - SPEAKER: Paul Harrison; SUBJECT: The HUEY

24 AUGUST 2017 - SPEAKER: Lachlan Thurston; SUBJECT: Wellington Airport Operations

27 JULY 2017 - SPEAKER: John Lanham; SUBJECT: The A4K/G Skyhawk in RNZAF service, pre-KAHU Update, 1970-1990

22 JUNE 2017 - SPEAKER: Andrew Rooney; SUBJECT: Future Air Mobility Capability Project

25 MAY 2017 - SPEAKER: Dave Greenberg; SUBJECT: Life Lessons Learned on the Rescue Helicopter

27 APRIL 2017 - AGM, then John Hamilton "A View from the Top of The Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School"

23 MARCH 2017 - SPEAKER: Rick Bulger presentation his time flying the Orion against submarines in close action ASW.

November - April 2017 - TVAL Flying Weekends are planned to be held: 26 & 27 November 2016, 17 & 18 December 2016, 28 & 29 January 2017, 18 & 19 February 2017

30 NOVEMBER 2016 - CHRISTMAS FUNCTION at The Bangalore Polo Club, 63 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

22 SEPTEMBER 2016 - SPEAKER: Allan Knox; SUBJECT: 'The V1 Project'

25 AUGUST 2016 - SPEAKERS: Shaun Johnson and Greg Baum; SUBJECT: 'CAA Certification (Shaun Johnson) and Composite Helicopter Certification (Greg Baum)'

28 JULY 2016 - SPEAKER: Rick Bulger; SUBJECT: 'Flying the Sunderland and Orion'

23 JUNE 2016 - SPEAKER: Brian Sharpe and Tim Tarbotton; SUBJECT: 'A Practioner's Perspective on Youth Gliding'

26 MAY 2016 - SPEAKER: Capt. Tim Burfoot; SUBJECT: Work of the Commission – rewards and challenges'

28 APRIL 2016 - Annual General Meeting followed by presentation SPEAKER: David Saunders; SUBJECT: Youth in Aviation Field Day

25 FEBRUARY 2016 - SPEAKER: Jack Davies; SUBJECT: Rocketry

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