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The Aircraft of the Future
Speaker: Professor Andrew Heyes

Monday 13th March 2017 at
7:30 p.m. in the Aviator Suite on
the 1st Floor of the Main
Terminal Building, Prestwick
International Airport

This evening’s lecture is given by Professor Andrew Heyes, Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, The University of

The talk will consider what the future of commercial aviation might hold and what the drivers for the design of future aircraft will or should be. There have been a number of culde-sacs in the development of passenger aircraft with supersonic transport perhaps the best known. The lecture will question if the current direction of travel is the right one in a world of finite fossil fuel reserves and concerns about climate change. Prof Heyes will then outline the features of the New Efficient Aircraft (NEA) concept that forms the basis of the engine design project considered in the latest edition of the book, 'Jet Propulsion' by Cumpsty and Heyes.

Visitors and Guests are welcome, and an opportunity to meet over tea or coffee will be available in the Aviator Suite (situated on the upper floor of the terminal building) during the evening. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Entry is free to students in full time education; otherwise there is an entry fee of £3 for visitors. The airport parking fee for visitors is £2.50, payable at the Information Desk.

For further information,telephone 01655 750270

Welcome to the web-site of the Prestwick Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Prestwick Branch is one of two based in Scotland.  It is a very active Branch and you will find details of many of our actvities on the pages of this site.

If you have an interest in promoting and enjoying aviation in the West of Scotland, then please consider joining us.  You'll find us a friendly and welcoming bunch.  You'll find appropriate email addresses in the Contact Us page.

We have introduced a new method to pay for this season which is standing order which should really speed up the registration  procdures on the first few weeks. ( Please refer to our accountant Andy Gribble you can click on him in the section named contacts or indeed any committee member . So far almost half our members have chosen to pay this way.

Prestwick Branch Circular– 2016/2017 Season     Vice Chairman and Lecture Secretary's Welcome   On behalf of the branch committee, I would like to welcome all our members and Friends of the Branch, to the 2016-2017 lecture season. In this circular you will find a preview of the programme planned by Brian Gordon and myself. We endeavour to provide the highest quality of lectures we can and have invested heavily both in cost and time to try and ensure you have a good evening. Your feedback is important.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can improve anything.   Again our grateful thanks to the management of Glasgow Prestwick Airport for allowing the use of the Aviator Suite for our lectures. The use of which has contributed significantly to the success of our branch. We must also thank the other members of the airport’s management and staff, especially Alison Blackman for arranging the booking and access to the Aviator Suit. This is my third season of arranging lectures and I have to thank Brian for his hard work in finding a variety of speakers for this season. All lectures will be held in the Aviator Suite on the first floor of the Terminal Building at Prestwick Airport and start at 7:30 p.m. It is our intention that light refreshments will be provided, usually half way through each evening. Please note that although the April lecture starts at 7:30 p.m., it follows the AGM which starts at 7 p.m. On most evenings we request a donation of at least £2.00 to help defray the cost of refreshments, which will be in the form of tea, coffee and (probably) the ever popular muffins! Regarding car parking at the airport, our instructions are that anyone coming by car should use the car park up the hill, behind the advertisement boards. Our advice, as in past years, is to share cars or use public transport if you can. Everyone who drives a car to come to our meetings will receive a ticket on entry to the car park.  At the end of the meeting this ticket must be taken to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor, near the shop, for “validation”. This process, which allows exit from the car park, is free for everyone who can show a Branch Membership Card (See below). On the occasion of the first lecture in particular, please come early to allow time for signing-in and obtaining your Membership Card. Visitors will be charged £3 for entry to the lecture meeting and, if a driver, a parking fee of £2.50 should be paid at the Information Desk on departure after the meeting. After “validation” you have 10 minutes to exit the car park! Please remember to bring your membership card. This card lasts the lifetime of your membership of the branch. A new one will cost you a fee to replace. The only identification is a unique serial number and associated barcode. You must bring the card to all meetings as you will need to be scanned in and it is also your identification for validation of your car parking. Your branch membership costs £15 if you are not already a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, on one of the Grades from Student and Affiliate to Fellow or Companion.  Ownership of this card gives access to all lectures, to the Branch Library, and free exit from the car park.   Students   You do not need a membership card and will be admitted free on production of student identification. If you have driven and used the car park, ask for a car park voucher which you must surrender at the Welcome desk to get your car park ticket validated. Your visit will therefore be free, except that you pay for any refreshments.   Finally   I hope you enjoy the programme that the Committee has arranged for you.  If you have any queries or feedback feel free to contact any member of the Committee or to phone me, John Wragg, on 01655 750270 or Email me at goose.hill@btinternet.com.

Tea / Coffee and yummy muffins served at the break between lecture and questions time which allows for visits to our extensive library, and time to chat to other members.

Entry is by yearly membership ( £ 15.00 ) However entry is free to students in full time education.

Visitors are very welcome on lecture nights and indeed at some of our outside visits which happen throughout the year. A fee of £3.00 is payable by visitors on lecture nights.

The Airport parking fee on lecture nights for visitors is £2.50 payable to the desk in the circular section opposite the newsagent round the corner from the bank on the ground floor. For further info phone    01655 750270.

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