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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:

1710 Naval Air Squadron - Scientific Support to the Fleet Air Arm

Tuesday 11th December - 16:00

CEMAST, Fareham College - Lee-on-the-Solent 

Presented by the Materials and Monitoring Team, 1710 Naval Air Squadron

Lecture Poster

One of the newest Squadrons in the Fleet Air Arm, and with no aircraft to call its own, 1710 NAS is perhaps one of the most specialist units in the Royal Navy.  However, from a corner of Portsmouth Naval Base the small team generates a wealth of technical services that keep all of UK military aviation in the air.  The presenting team will focus on the work of the Materials and Monitoring department which, under many guises, has been providing scientific support since the 1940s.  These services include failure investigation of components when things go wrong, through to continuous data and oil monitoring to catch problems before they arise, as well as providing a wide variety of technical advice to help front line units keep operating their aircraft safely and with maximum availability.

The lecture will try to get across the huge breadth of engineering activities that are going on behind the scenes, that are often unseen and uncelebrated, but are critical to successful operations. 

This lecture will take place at the earlier than usual time of 1600 (doors at 1530) at the CEMAST facility of Fareham College, on the former HMS Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent:

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Future Lectures:

The Anatomy of a Civil Aircraft Fuel System

Thursday 31st January - 19:00

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.


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