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20th September, 2017

 

'An RAF Career'; by Wing Commander Michael Mercer

Tonight we give a very warm welcome to Wing Commander Michael Mercer.

Wing Commander Mercer had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Air Force, where he spent the majority time as a front line pilot flying the McConnell F-4 Phantom and Panavia Tornado F-3. He commanded 1435 Flight in The Falkland Islands and No 11 Squadron at RAF Leeming. During his career he saw active service in several operational arenas.

His time in the military also included staff appointments in Defence Intelligence, Operational Headquarters and procurement.

Following retirement from the military, Wing Commander Mercer runs a full time aikido dojo (a modern Japanese martial art) in Preston, where he teaches all age groups from four years of age.

We look forward to an excellent evening. All welcome.

 

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2017 Meetings Diary (January to June)

 
Date Speaker/lecture Date Speaker/lecture
2017, July 5th 'Kazakhstan and North Korea'; by Gerry Manning 2017, October 4th

'VSTOL to ASTOVL and Stealth'; by Mick Mansell

2017, July 19th 'Aerodrome Certification'; by Debbie Riley 2017, October 18th 'Hawker Siddeley / BAE Systems Hawk'; by Keith Dixon
2017, August 2nd 'Flying Large Model Aircraft'; by Mark Conlin 2017, November 1st 'Aviation Brain of Rossendale'; by Lloyd Robinson
2017, August 16th 'Annual Recognition Test'; by Martin Powell 2017, November 15th

''A year in pictures'; by Chris Berry

2017, September 6th 'An aviation enthusiasts guide to New York'; by Peter Hulme 2017, December 6th (Presentation to be confirmed)
2017, September 20th 'An RAF Career'; by Wing Commander M Mercer 2017, December 20th 'Annual Photographic Competition'
 

20th September, 2017

 

'An RAF Career'; by Wing Commander Michael Mercer

Tonight we give a very warm welcome to Wing Commander Michael Mercer.

Wing Commander Mercer had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Air Force, where he spent the majority time as a front line pilot flying the McConnell F-4 Phantom and Panavia Tornado F-3. He commanded 1435 Flight in The Falkland Islands and No 11 Squadron at RAF Leeming. During his career he saw active service in several operational arenas.

His time in the military also included staff appointments in Defence Intelligence, Operational Headquarters and procurement.

Following retirement from the military, Wing Commander Mercer runs a full time aikido dojo (a modern Japanese martial art) in Preston, where he teaches all age groups from four years of age.

We look forward to an excellent evening. All welcome.

 

6th September, 2017

Peter Hulme

'An Aviation Enthusiast Guide to New York'; by Peter Hulme

Tonight we give a warm and returning welcome to Peter Hulme.

Peter will look at the New York Aviation scene, covering the numerous airports, airfields, museums, heliports and seaplane terminals across New York City, north-eastern New Jersey and Long Island.

In addition to Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark. the presentation will also take in the likes of Tererboro, White Plains, Long Islands, Macarthur, Farmingdale, Floyd Bennett Field, the Manhattan Heliports, USS Intrepid and Old Rhinebeck.

The presentation will conclude with a whistle-stop photographic tour of 'The Big Apple.

All welcome to what should be a fabulous evening and presentation.

 

16th August, 2017

2017-08-16 - Martin Powell

 

 

'2017 Annual Recognition Competition'; by Martin Powell

The 2017 Annual Recognition Competition, compiled and presented by Martin Powell, the 2016 winner, consists of forty images of lying aircaft all taken by the author.

To the winnerwill go the glory and the Right to hold the Trophy for a year.

Following the Competition, Martin will show a selection of images taken in recent years in Denmark, The Netherlands and Sweden, as well as the United Kingdom.

All welcome to what should be a fabulous evening and presentation.

2nd August, 2017

Mark Conlin

 

 

'Flying Large Model Aircraft'; by Mark Conlin

Tonight we give a very warm to Mark Conlin.

Tonight Mark will give us an insight into flying large model aircraft. Mark has been building and flying model aircraft since the late 1970s and has been involved with many aspects of the hobby.

His current passion is display flying large model jets and is a regular pilot at the Large Model Association public display, which are held around the country on a regular basis.

Mark has promised to bring a long two examples of his large model collection.

Please come along to what should be a fabulous evening.

 

19th July, 2017

 

 

'Aerodrome Certification'; by Debbie Riley

Tonight we give a very warm and returning welcome to Debbie Riley.

all airports that handle international flights are required to be certified in accordance with the international regulations. 

Debbie will recount her own experiences – how the new airport in Dubai was certified and what happens when an airports’ certificate is suspended using the City of Derry Airport as an example.  Debbie worked at both airports – in Dubai ensuring the airport became certified and re-certifying the airport in Derry.  This talk will be a fascinating insight into the certification process of all of our airports.

 

5th July, 2017

 

 

'Kazakhstan and North Korea'; by Gerry Manning

Tonight we give a warm and returning welcome to Gerry Manning, who will deliver a presentation on the aviation element of the KADEX 2016 exhibition, hosted by the City of Astana, Kazakhstan, followed by a visit to the first ever airshow held in North Korea, in September 2016.

Not only will Gerry detail the military and civilian participants at the airshow, he will also detail the cultural aspect of life in the 'closed' society, that is, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

All welcome to what should be a fabulous presentation.

 

21st June, 2017

 

 

'The 2017 Aviation Brain of Rossendale', compiled by Lloyd Robinson

Tonight we host our annual 'Aviation Brain of Rossendale' quiz, compiled by the 2016 winner, Lloyd Robinson

This is the 41st year of the prestigious competition, which was first hosted in 1976.

Please come along for an entertaining evening and see if you can put your hands on the famous trophy.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Lloyd Robinson is unable to deliver his Aviation Brain of Rossendale Quiz this evening. We look forward to arranging a new date with Lloyd later in the programme calendar.

'23 Countries in 23 Weeks'; by Guy Clark

Guy Clark has kindly agreed to step in at short notice and will deliver a presentation on his recent world tour, where he travelled extensively throughout Asia, Australasia and North America, visiting both civil airports and military establishments, as well as attending a number of airshows. Further information will be provided in the coming days.

We look forward to an excellent evening.

 

7th June, 2017

 

 

'A Night at the Museum'; by Ivan Hallworth

Ivan will tonight deliver a presentation 'A Night at the Museum', covering recent visits to the Royal Thai Air Force Museum (Bangkok), Indian Naval Aviation Museum (Goa), Polish Air Force Museum (Krakow), Luftwaffe Museum (Berlin Gatow) and the Russian Central Air Museum (Monino).

Ivan will finish off with a look at the MAKS 2013 airshow, held at Zhukovsky, Moscow.

All welcome to what should be a fabulous presentation.

 

17th May, 2017

 

'Wings over Houston and Texas Aviation'; by Phil Blinkhorn

Tonight we give a very warm and returning welcome to Phil Blinkorn.

Phil tonight will be covering the participants in the show, including the Tora, Tora, Tora display team and a wide variety of warbirds dating from the 1930's to the present day.

We look forward to an excellent evening.

3rd May, 2017

 

 

'Hawker Siddeley / BAE Systems Hawk'; by Keith Dixon

Tonight we give a warm welcome to Keith Dixon.

Keith will tonight cover the Hawk from early days into Royal Air Force service, and early series exports. He will also look at the development of the 100 and 200 series Hawks, current Hawk operations and future developments.

Please come along to what should be a great evening.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Keith Dixon is unable to deliver his planned presentation this evening. We look forward to arranging a new date with Keith in the coming months.

'New Zealand'; by Gerry Manning

Tonight we give a warm welcome to Gerry Manning, who has agreed to step in at short notice and deliver a presentation on an aviation tour to New Zealand in 2013.

Gerry will detail all aspects of the tour, including a visit to the 2013 New Zealand International Air Show.

Please come along to what should be an excellent evening.

 

19th April, 2017

 

 

'Fly-ins, Open-days, Fun-days and Rallies'; by Colin Duckworth

Tonight we give a warm welcome to member Colin Duckworth, who will give a presentation on UK fly-ins, open-days, fun-days and rallies.

Colin's presentation will cover, amongst others, events at Barton, Breighton, North Weald, Sywell and RAF Coningsby.

As ever, all are welcome to what should be an excellent presentation.

 

5th April, 2017

 

 

'Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team'; by Keith Maddock

Tonight we are in for an evening of all things Spitfire, from the group behind the Fylde Spitfire Memorial at Fairhaven Lake and the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre, Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport.

All are welcome to what should be a fascinating presentation.

 

15th March, 2017

'A year in pictures - 2016'; by Chris Berry

Chris is one of our leading photographers and will tonight will deliver his annual 'A year in pictures' presentation.

Now in it's tenth year, Chris will tonight deliver his annual 'A year in pictures' presentation.

Throughout his presentation, Chris will also give an insight into how he takes his images and the methods / software he uses to process a raw image and then turn it into something that's suitable for sharing with others.

Any related questions you have will be answered throughout the presentation.

The evening will close with a review of the 2016 Society visits programme, which will include a look at a number of official visits to a number of naval vessels and a brief look at what we have in store for 2017.

Please come along for what should be fascinating and varied evening of aviation imagery and commentary.

 

1st March, 2017

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Programme Image

 

'Californian Trains, Trams, Ships......and Planes'; by Chris Wood

During October 2016, Chris visited California, flying on a British Airways A380 to San Francisco and travelling by train to San Diego.

Chris photographed trams, the famous cable cars and railroads in San Francisco and Oakland, visited the Queen Mary in Long Beach and the battleship USS Iowa in nearby San Pedro, finishing off in San Diego, where he visited the aircraft carrier USS Midway (with a full deck of historic US naval aircraft) and photographed airliners on the approach to San Diego Airport, before flying home on a BA 747.

Please come along to what should be a great evening.

15th February, 2017

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'Flying on a Wing and a Prayer'; by Neil and Heather Airey

Tonight we give a warm and returning welcome to Air Ambulance, 'Huey' pilot and Lakes Lightnings Collection owner, Neil Airey and his wife Heather, who will tonight present a collection of aviation related images taken from both the air and on the ground.

All are welcome to what should be an excellent presentation.

1st February, 2017

Thumnail - 2017-02-01

Thumnail - 2017-02-01

 

 

'10 and 20 - images from 1996 and 2006'; by Martin Powell

Martin will tonight present a selection of colour slides taken in 1996 and 2006, mainly taken in the united Kingdon, but including Southwest USA in 1996 and Europe in 2006.Mailnly militry images, some museums, and a special treat, some narrow gauge steam from the USA and Germany

As ever, all are welcome.

18th January, 2017

 

 

'Design of Large Airliners'; by Thurai Rahulan

Tonight we once agin give a warm welcom to Thurai Rahulan.

Tonight Thurai will give us an insight into the 'desighn of large airliners'. We will discover lessons from the trials and tribulations of the past and how they have influenced today's large airlines.

We may even have a glimpse into what the future has in store.

All are welcome to what should be an excellent presentation.

 

4th January, 2017

 

 

Annual General Meeting and Model (Aircraft) Competition

The AGM will take its usual form, with a pie and pea supper for all current members in attendance. Please Note, the AGM is open to current members only. 

For further information (AGM), please contact the Society Chairman or Vice Chairman

The model competition will be organised as in previous years  and will be judged by David Swift (from The International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS), Bolton). For information on the type and number of entries, and how to enter, please see the December Newsletter. Alternatively, please contact the Programme Secretary.


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All Society meetings are held at Haslingden Cricket Club, starting at 20:00 hours. Please try to arrive by about 19:45 hours, so that you can visit the bar and help set-up the room. Meetings normally finish by about 22:30 hours.

(Updated 11 August 2017 )