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The RAeS Solent Branch holds lectures every month that anyone can attend at no charge. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more details on how to find where the lectures below are held, please see the lecture locations page.


Next Lecture:


The Anatomy of a Civil Aircraft Fuel System

Thursday 21st February - 19:00 (doors at 18:30)

Physics Lecture Theatre B, University of Southampton 

Presented by Mr Nigel Bradshaw

Lecture Poster

The presentation will cover the design and development of civil aircraft fuel systems, the principle and secondary functions of the system and the interaction with operations. This includes Weight & Balance, flight operations (cockpit), flight planning, maintenance, associated systems and servicing.  It will touch on what are the drivers for the system architecture from the point of view from the Airworthiness regulations and customer requirements.

With over 40 years experience in the Aerospace industry, including eight years in the role of Chief Engineer at Eaton Fuel and Motion Control Systems Division, Nigel Bradshaw is ideally placed to discuss all the aspects of civil aircraft fuel system.  Having been involved in every Airbus aircraft type from the A300 B2 to the A350, as well as five years during the concept phase of the A380 and four years leading a multi-disciplinary team for the Fuel Systems of the A400M.

The lecture will be jointly hosted with our friends from the IMechE and will be held in the Lecture Theatre B of the University of Southampton Physics Building, building number 46 on our lecture locations page.  Doors will open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.  Due to limited spaces registration is recommended through the IMechE website.



Future Lectures:


2019 RJ Mitchell Lecture - The Future's Bright, The Future's Autonomous

Monday 4th March - 19:00

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton 

Presented by Dr Alvin Wilby, Vice President, Research, Technical and Innovation, Thales UK


Our flagship lecture for 2019.  Please see the RJ Mitchell Lecture page for more details and get your free ticket at eventbrite to reserve your place.



GRAVITY - Pioneering Aeronautical Innovation

Wednesday 6th March - 19:00 (doors at 18:30)

HMS Sultan, Gosport 

Presented by Mr Richard Browning, CEO and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd

Lecture Poster

Often dubbed 'The real life Iron Man,' Richard will describe how, with his company Gravity Industries Ltd, he designed and built the record breaking Daedalus Mk 1 flight suit, and how he uses it to inspire the next generation of aeronautical engineers.

Please note that as HMS Sultan is a secure military establishment, advance registration is required for all attendees.  If you wish to attend please supply your name, car registration, make and colour to by Monday 4th March.  Directions to the venue can be found on our Lecture Locations page.  Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.

This lecture is hosted in partnership with HMS Sultan and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.


More lectures will be added to the programme throughout the season.  Please check back regularly or like our Facebook page for updates.