Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Symposium, AGM and Dinner 2016

Royal Aeronautical Division

New Zealand Division
31st Annual Symposium
Friday, 16 September 2016

French Aerospace for New Zealand

now and in the future

To be held at the
Amora Hotel
170 Wakefield St

Each year the New Zealand Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society presents a symposium on subjects of interest to the aviation community in New Zealand and the Pacific region.
In both the civil and military spheres French aerospace has long been a dominant force in world aviation. Today the Airbus Group is playing the leading role in their industry. From the A320 family and ATR 72 airliners operated and ordered by the Air New Zealand Group, to the RNZAF’s new NH90 helicopters and smaller civil helicopters French products are playing key roles in New Zealand aviation. With the release of the Defence White Paper, Airbus is also pitching its products, the A400M and C295, to form the future core of our Air Force.
Our all-day Symposium will be opened by H.E. Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France to New Zealand who has in the past worked at ICAO and ATR. We are delighted that Airbus will be joining us in Wellington this year to tell us about what the company is offering now and what it sees as the future of aerospace and aviation. They will be joined by other civil and military speakers as we look to the future of New Zealand’s aviation sector.            

Programme (Note: contents may vary on the day to that indicated below.)
Below are the key timings for the day:
0830   Registration
0900   Introduction and housekeeping
Frank Sharp, President of NZ Division
0910   Keynote opening
H.E. Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France to New Zealand
             Airbus Group OverviewPierre Jaffre (tbc), Airbus Group
Overview of aerospace innovation and the future
1030   Morning tea
1100   Military Aircraft AVM Mike Yardley (rtd.), Deputy Secretary Acquisition, NZ Ministry of Defence, Defence White Paper & procurement for RNZAF
A400M/ C295
Valentine Merino, Airbus Defence & Space
Fabrice Rochereau, Airbus Helicopters
Kevin McMahon, NZ Ministry of Defence
Wing Commander Scott McKenzie, CO 3 Squadron, RNZAF,
 Helicopter operations
1230   Lunch break
1330   Civil Airliners (Air New Zealand)
Hugh Pearce, A320/321 aircraft acquisitions
Stephen Hunt, Carbon reduction programme / sustainability
Graham Cheal, Queenstown (ZQN) night operations project manager
1500   Afternoon tea
1530   Civil Helicopters – Safe Air
Tony Fraser, CEO Airbus Group Asia Pacific
1625   Concluding comments
Frank Sharp, President of NZ Division
1630   Symposium concludes
1730   Annual General Meeting of the NZ Division
1830   Pre-dinner canapés for Awards Dinner at 1900

Annual General Meeting
Following the symposium the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Division of the Society will be held at the Amora Hotel, 170 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington, at 1730.             
All Members of the Division are invited to attend.
Awards Dinner
The Society Cocktails and Awards Dinner in association with New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts will be held at the Amora Hotel, with pre-dinner canapes from 1830 and dinner at 1900.
Your attendance at these functions is important to the Society. We particularly rely on support from Members of the Society to make these events a success and to celebrate the achievement of the awardees.
Registrations are now invited and should be submitted on the registration form below by Monday, 12 September 2016, together with the appropriate remittance. Registration and programme details are on the inside.   

The Symposium is supported by:
Airbus Group
Air New Zealand

Registration is open to members of the Society, friends of the Branches of the New Zealand Division, participants in the Aviation Industry, students and the public.

Registrations are now invited and should be submitted on the registration form included in the brochure by 8 September 2016, together with the appropriate remittance, to:
                The Division Treasurer
                Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ) Inc.
                PO Box 435
                Waikanae 5250

Or completed electronically on this form and emailed to:

Payment may also be made by direct credit to:
Account Name     Royal Aeronautical Society               
New Zealand Division
Bank                      ANZ Bank Ltd
Account No.          06-0545-0326676-02
Reference             Include name for registration details
A limited number of late registrations may be made on the day of the Symposium for those who are unable to meet the registration deadline.

Registration form (copy and paste the text below into an email)
Text Box: "Symposium Attendance
(Includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea)
Public                                                          @ $90.00  $     
RAeS Division & Branch Members
and Partners                                     
        @ $80.00   $     
Retired Members                                       @ $45.00   $     
Students                                                    @ $45.00    $     
Awards Dinner
(Includes pre-dinner canapés )
Awards Dinner only                                   @ $110.00  $     
Symposium & Dinner                             @ $185.00 $     
Credit card payment charges as applicable     $8.00   $     
                                                                     Total          $     

Payment:     (check as appropriate)
                        Direct Credit        Cheque  
  Visa *                    MasterCard *
* For payment by credit card please add $8.00 for bank charges
Please tick if a receipt is required                  
Email:          john@youngassociates.co.nz


Credit Card Details
Please charge my credit card                               $     
Credit Card No.
Expiry Date
Name on Card
Text Box: "

Available at the Amora Hotel with group discount rate using the Hotel Group code ROYALAERO as follows:

Deluxe King or Twin room
NZ $190.00 Inc GST per room per night – Room Only
NZ $205.00 Inc GST per room per night – Room and 1 B’fast
NZ $220.00 Inc GST per room per night – Room and 2 B’fasts

Deluxe King View Room
NZ $220.00 Inc GST per room per night – Room Only

Club Room
NZ $290.00 Inc GST per room per night

Club Suite
NZ $370.00 Inc GST per room per night

Availabilty of Rate: This rate is available up until 30 days prior to arrival, after this it will be booked subject to hotel availability.
(Discount rate available Thursday and Friday nights).

Reservations: Bookings can be made as follows:
email confadmin@wellington.amorahotels.com
or telephone (+64 4 473 3900).
The group code ROYALAERO must be quoted at the time of booking in order to obtain the group rate.
Details to provide when making booking request:
- Name of guests
- Dates of Stay
- Group Code

- Valid credit card details (card type, number and expiry date)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

A contribution from our Immediate past President, aeronautical engineer and keen glider pilot, Gerard Robertson:

OSTIV Congress Benalla 

The XXXIII OSTIV Congress will take place in Benalla, Australia from 8th to 13th January, 2017 in conjunction with the World Championships and represents a rare chance for Kiwi glider pilots to rub shoulders with some of the movers and shakers of technical part of the gliding world. There are 3 OSTIV panels:
- Meteorology
- Sailplane Development
- Training and Safety.

Much of the technology you use in gliders today has been influenced by the work and shared knowledge of these panels.
It is hoped that one of the evening presentations will be given by Dick Butler, who was the driving force behind the design and development of the Concordia, that gargantuan of the skies with a wingspan of 28 meters and a glide-ratio of 72:1 at 80 knots.
OSTIV will probably be an unfamiliar acronym to most glider pilots, especially as it stands for Organisation Scientifique et Technique du Vol à Voile. In plain English, the International Scientific and Technical Organisation for Soaring Flight.
Early glider pilots were not only fascinated with the idea of flying without an engine; they also wanted to understand how the weather worked and how to improve their aircraft.
With these goals in mind, specified as "exchanging experience and friendly cooperation among the specialists and pilots of all nations engaged in soaring", the first international soaring organization, ISTUS, (Internationale Studienkommission für den motorlosen Flug) was formed in 1930.
OSTIV is the post-war successor to this organisation, with the additional goal of “the furtherance of the technical development of soaring by the sharing of experience by glider manufacturers and glider pilots”.
The Board of OSTIV includes some names which will be familiar to glider pilots: Mark Maughmer of winglet design fame, Judah Milgram, translator of the German text “Fundamentals of Sailplane Design”, along with others from Canada, the US, Germany, Turkey etc.
OSTIV Congresses, the gatherings where papers are presented and ideas shared, represent the opportunity to hear some of the leading thinkers in the soaring world expound their views.
My own experience of OSTIV started with the World Championships in Omarama in 1995, where I had the pleasure of meeting Gerhard Waibel, famed designer of Schleicher gliders from the ASW12 to the ASW28 (with the 'W' showing that he designed it for Schleicher). I’ve now been given the opportunity to join the Training and Safety Panel as the Australasian representative.
If you have an interest in understanding more about gliding and would like the chance to rub shoulders, listen to and meet some of the leading thinkers in gliding, make the effort to come to Benalla or – if you’re going to be there anyway – come on over and listen.
For logo and more information, visit http://ostiv.org

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Youth in Aviation Field Day 2016

The Wellington Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is organising a second Youth in Aviation Field Day for Sunday, 13 March 2016 at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton.
The Field Day is aimed at Year 10 to University students who are interested in aviation either as a career or a recreational activity.
Registration will be available through high schools, scout groups and Air Training Corps Squadrons in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions.
The last Field Day in 2014 saw 45 students hear from speakers covering commercial, recreational and military aviation.
Last time prizes for winners of an essay writing contest included three flights in light aircraft and a visit to an air traffic control tower.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Inaugural Meeting of the Bay of Plenty Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society

We are forming a new Branch.

We aim to provide a forum for aviation professionals and enthusiasts to network in New Zealand and around the globe. We hold monthly meetings to explore progress in aviation and review its vibrant history.

When: Friday, 7 August 2015 – gather at 5.30pm to start at 6.00pm – first Friday of the month

Where: Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mt Maunganui - the ‘Boeing Room’ – on the first floor

Meeting Format:

  • Introductions and acknowledgements
  • Keynote address - by Air Vice Marshall Peter Stockwell, OMNZ, AFC, FRAeS, RNZAF (Rtd)
AVM Stockwell retired from the RNZAF after 41 years in April 2014, having led the RNZAF as the Chief of Air Force for four years. He was awarded the AFC in 1995 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014. On leaving the RNZAF, Peter moved to Hamilton where he is currently the Chief Operating Officer of CTC Aviation NZ. The company operates a large flight training school of at Hamilton International Airport. Following his move, he was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2014 Birthday Honours. He will be accompanied by his wife Mrs Ali Stockwell

  • Plans for the Branch
  • Conclusion

Other Information:

  • In New Zealand, the Society comprises an elected Council with Branches in: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim and Christchurch
  • The Aero Society includes a range of professional members and those with a passion for aviation
  • The meeting coincides with the Friday Happy Hour at the AvGas Café and bar at Classic Flyers which offers those attending the opportunity to pick up a drink or snack before the meeting. The assistance of Classic Flyers is gratefully acknowledged in providing the venue at its celebrated aviation museum.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event and hope that you will then decide to join this new aviation focus group in the Bay of Plenty.

For more information, contact Des Underwood, the Convenor of the Bay of Plenty Branch, at:
Email: desunderwood @ gmail.com Mob: 027 452 4767