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Future Events

Thurs, Nov 9              Counter-UAS (military)


Previous Events

Thurs, Oct 5              Commercial Unmanned Systems | Photos

Wed, June 28th         Reception at British Ambassador's Residence | Photos

Fri, June 16               RAeS DC Branch Field Trip: NTSB Training Facility Ashburn

Thurs, May 11           Electric Airplanes | Photos

Thurs, April 17           Leading Edge Award and Annual General Meeting | Photos

Fri, March 17             Branch Field Trip: A Tour of the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF)

Thurs, Feb 23            Where are Humans going in Space? | Photos

6:pm 10th November: The Boeing Company, Arlington, VA | The History and Future of Stealth | Photos

6 pm 22nd September: British International School Washington, D.C. | The Commercial Application and Regulation of UAS in the US and UK | Photos

9:00am to Noon. 28th September: Warrenton, VA | Fieldtrip to Potomac Center and Air Traffic Control Center Systems Command Center

Monday, June 13, 2016: 6:30pm-8:30pm: 150th Anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society Reception



Founded in London in 1866, the Society is the world's oldest aerospace organization.


In celebration of the Society's 150th anniversary, you are cordially invited to attend a Reception celebrating the enduring aerospace innovation and technology cooperation between the US and UK


on Monday, 13 June, 2016 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm


By kind permission of the British Ambassador this will be held in

The British Ambassador’s Residence,

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20008










  • TSA screening wait times are expected to be bad this summer. Will expanding overtime for officers be enough?
  • Could a Brussels-style attack happen here?
  • Pre-Check -- are there risks to expanding it?

Peter Neffenger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s sixth administrator in June 2015. He leads a workforce of nearly 60,000 employees, security operations at approximately 440 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

Before joining TSA, Neffenger served as the 29th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, a position he held since May 2014. Previously, Neffenger served as the Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Operations, where he directed strategy, policy, resources and doctrine for the employment of Coast Guard forces globally.


Previous Events


Thursday, April 21, 2016 


2016 Transatlantic Leading Edge Award Presentation & Reception
Annual General Meeting to follow

LTGEN Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF

Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office

Award will be presented by: Patrick Davies OBE, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Washington.

RAeS DC Branch is pleased to announce LTGEN Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF as the 2016 Transatlantic Leading Edge Award recipient.

Register Here | Flyer




RAeS Washington DC Branch & AIAA NCS Event

“THE MARTIAN – Science Fiction and Science Fact”

6:00 p.m. on 11 February at the British Embassy

The best-selling book about an astronaut stranded on Mars was brought to life in Ridley Scott¹s film, The Martian. Having been a consultant on the film, Dr. Green will discuss what NASA¹s real plans and challenges are to send humans to Mars as compared to this fictional account.


  • Dr. Jim Green, NASA Planetary Science Division Director and Consultant on Ridley Scott’s film The Martian.





RAeS Washington DC Branch & AIAA NCS Event

“The Hubble Space Telescope:
Past Successes and a Look to the Future”

6:00 p.m. on 12 November at the British Embassy


  • Dr. Matt Mountain, President of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy





Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 10am-12 Noon
Warrenton, VA

An hour west of Washington DC is a real Wright brothers’ airplane factory. There are only two guys who built more Wright brothers’ airplanes than Ken Hyde and his Wright Experience team: Orville and Wilbur themselves. Hyde’s count so far is twenty-two Wright aircraft. Hyde’s shop is a beehive of impeccable craftsmanship, primary research, and reverse engineering nestled in the bucolic Virginia countryside. A visit there is not a trip back in time—rather, it's a chance to experience the ever-present genius of the Wright brothers—brought to life in the here and now. A visit there means seeing and touching real Wright aircraft and artifacts—and seeing and hearing an original Wright engine run. It means a try on the Wright 1908 flight simulator. It means a window into the detective work that pieces together the fragmentary evidence of exactly how the airplane was invented and perfected. It is also a chance to be inspired and to discover an oath to carry the experience further—Hyde's dedication to education and inspiring younger generations drives the whole enterprise. It is a visit not to be forgotten.

There's only one original Wright-type aircraft left in private hands. Its restoration offers an excellent opportunity for sponsor recognition. It's a 1911 Burgess-Wright Model F, built by Starling Burgess under license to the Wright brothers. The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority and Washington Airports Task Force have cleared the way for the restored airplane to hang in Reagan National Airport's historic terminal. It will tell a great story. Amazingly, this actual aircraft landed on the White House South Lawn on July 14, 1911. The Burgess-Wright Model F was a pivotal airplane in the lives of some of the most influential aviation pioneers: General Hap Arnold flew Burgess-Wrights. Sir Thomas Sopwith started his company with one. Norman Prince, the founder of the Lafayette Escadrille, soloed in one. The display will be far more than an attractive artifact—it will be an education destination for students and teachers to discover the foundations of aerospace engineering and explore its future through interactive STEM displays.  The restoration will be done by the renowned Wright Experience, who own the airplane. Naming rights for the project and display are available and encouraged. This is an ideal project for aerospace leaders to recognize aviation's heritage and inspire its future.

Members can attend for $15 and guests for $25. Lunch will be provided. It will be an exciting event.


24 September 2015 at the Boeing Company, Arlington, VA | Panel Discussion & Reception
The Future of Military Technology - Manned versus Unmanned

  • Colonel Eric S. Mathewson, USAF (Ret.), Recently retired as Director of the Air Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force
  • Bob Ruszkowski, Director of Advanced Air Dominance, Unmanned Systems, and Directed Energy Aeronautics Strategy & Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Skunk Works
  • Mark D. Wilson' Chief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc. (LibertyWorks)

Moderator: Graham Warwick, Managing Editor, Technology, Aviation Week


6:00 p.m. on 14 May at the Boeing Company, Arlington, VA: Global Aircraft Tracking, Locating and Flight Deck Protection - Speaker Discussion:

  • Kevin Hiatt, Senior Vice President, Safety and Flight Operations, IATA
  • John DeLisi, Director, Office of Aviation Safety, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Keith Hagy, Director, Engineering and Safety, ALPA

Moderator: Kenneth P. Quinn, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


RAeS Washington, DC Chapter | Transatlantic Award and AGM 09 Apr 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM British Embassy, 3100 Massachussetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008-3688


Presentation of 2015 Transatlantic Leading Edge Award to… Mr. Jim Guyette

Award of the Transatlantic Leading Edge recognizes Mr. Guyette's leadership and achievements that have contributed significantly to the advancement of aerospace technology and safety between North America and Europe.

The Transatlantic Leading Edge Award ceremony will precede the RAeS DC Branch’s 2015 annual general meeting (AGM).


“NASA Research for Future Aviation Technology and Safety” 6:00 p.m. on 19 February at the New Zealand Embassy

SPEAKER: Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA

“TOUCH DOWN AND MINING AN ASTEROID”  6:00 p.m. on 6 November at the British Embassy

Panel Discussion:

  • Peter Marquez, Vice President, Global Engagement, Planetary Resources
  • Richard M. Kuhns, Program Manager, OSIRIS Rex, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Moderator: Frank Morring, Senior Space Editor, AW&ST

“Flying on Auto Pilot” NEW MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL UAV TECHNOLOGY |  6:00 p.m. on 9 October at the British Embassy

Panel Discussion: 

  • Bill Crozier, Assistant Manager, Flight Standards Service, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office (AFS-80), FAA
  • Lieutenant Colonel Travis A. Burdine, USAF, Deputy Division Chief of Air Operations Integration and the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Subject Matter Expert, Headquarters Air Force

Moderated by: Graham WarwickTechnology Managing Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology


“Hypersonic – Today’s Warp Speed” The Impact of Flying Above Mach 5

6:00 p.m. on 22 May at the New Zealand Embassy

Panel Discussion:

  • Charles F. Brink, Deputy, High Speed Systems Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Joseph T. Vogel, Director of Hypersonics, Boeing Defense Security & Space (BDS)
    Phantom Works and X-51A Program Manager

Moderated by: Graham Warwick, Technology Managing Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology

“CHANGING THE GAME” 3D Printing’s Impact on Airplane, Engine and Weapon Manufacturing | 6:00 p.m. on April 17 at the British Embassy

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr. Alan Epstein, Vice President, Technology & Environment, Pratt & Whitney

  • Mr. Alex Fima, General Manager, RTI Directed Manufacturing

  • Dr. Vivek Saxena, Vice President, Operations & Supply  Chain Practice Leader, ICF SH&E


& Annual General Meeting | 6:00 p.m. on 17 March at the British Embassy


- Remarks by Ambassador to the United States of America, Sir Peter Westmacott


- And presentation of 2014 Transatlantic Leading Edge Award to… Airbus Americas, Inc. President & CEO Barry Eccleston

Award of the Transatlantic Leading Edge recognizes Mr. Eccleston’s leadership and achievements that have contributed significantly to the advancement of aerospace technology and safety between North America and Europe.

The Transatlantic Leading Edge Award ceremony will precede the RAeS DC Branch’s 2014 annual general meeting (AGM).

10th Anniversary Celebration Sponsored by:




By kind permission of the Ambassador, these events will be held at The British Embassy.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since. The Washington DC Branch was launched in 2003.

Date: 17 March 2014
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Award Ceremony followed by AGM

Venue: The British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008


Thursday, 7 November 2013 | US-UK Space Technology Outlook and Challenges

Thursday, 7 November 2013
Reception @ 6 p.m.
Presentation begins @ 7 p.m., with Q&A session to follow

Panelists will include:

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult

Frank C. Culbertson, Executive Vice President & General Manager,
Advanced Programs Group, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

Sponsored by:

AIAA-National Capital Section

By kind permission of the Ambassador, this event will be held at:

The British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Prior registration & photo ID are required to attend this event (click here)

Free for RAeS Washington DC branch members; $15 for Students
$25 for non-members – or just $50 to become Branch members for one year!

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 “Unmanned Aerial Systems: Their Technology and Integration with Civil Airspace”

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Reception @ 6 p.m.
Presentation begins @ 7 p.m., with Q&A session to follow
Panelists will include:

Col. Bill “Sweet” Tart, director, RPA Capabilities Division (AF/A2CU), US Air Force
Mr. James Williams, manager, UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration
A representative of the Welsh Government-supported West Wales UAV Centre
By kind permission of the Ambassador, this event will be held at:

The British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Event sponsored by:


Thursday, 18 April 2013 Reception @ 6:30 p.m. “Foreign Ownership of Airlines: a Discussion with Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission for Transport”


Thursday, 18 April 2013 Reception @ 6:30 p.m.
Presentation begins @ 7 p.m., with Q&A session to follow
Address for the event:
Offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Ground Floor

Sponsored by: ;









EU Delegation in attendance

Henrik Hololei, Head of Cabinet;
Margus Rahuoja, Member of Cabinet
Matthew Baldwin, Director Aviation and International Transport Affairs
Patrick Goudou - Executive Director European Aviation Safety Agency EASA
Patrick Ky - Executive Director SESAR Joint Undertaking

EU's Washington Delegation:

Julian Hall, EASA Representative
David Batchelor, SESAR Representative
Felix Leinemann, Transport Counselor


Thursday March 14th, 2013 | “GPS – Past, Present and Future: The Opportunity and Vulnerability for Navigation and Precise Timing”

In association with AIAA National Capital Region, you are cordially invited to attend…“GPS – Past, Present and Future: The Opportunity and Vulnerability for Navigation and Precise Timing”

  • Michael E. Shaw, Director, Navigation Systems Global Development, Lockheed Martin
  • Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development, FAA
  • Dr. Javier Benedicto Ruiz (via video), Galileo Project Manager, ESA

Moderated by Dr. Donald W. Richardson, Honorary Fellow and Past President of AIAA, Fellow and current member of the RAeS Engineering Council

The British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. A reception commencing at 6 p.m. will precede the program, which will start at 7:00 p.m. Please register here.



Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | The Annual General Meeting of the RAeS Washington DC Branch & Presentation of the Transatlantic “Leading Edge” Award to Mr. David J. Barger, President & CEO of JetBlue Airways

Reception @ 6 p.m. Award Ceremony & Presentation by Mr. Barger @ 7 p.m. Award of the “Leading Edge” recognizes Mr. Barger’s leadership and achievements that have contributed significantly to the advancement of aerospace technology and safety between North America and Europe.
The AGM will be held immediately following Mr. Barger’s presentation

The British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008 and are sponsored in part by: AIRBUS
PLEASE NOTE: Prior registration is required to attend this event (click here).

BROCHURE | Photos from event

Annual General Meeting Documents: Slate | Motion | Proposed Board of Directors




November 8th - F-35 – The Technology and the Performance

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and F-35 General Manager Tom Burbage and the company’s F-35 Chief Test Pilot Al Norman addressed the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) Washington, DC Branch regarding the status of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a joint presentation titled: “F-35 – The Power & The Technology.”The F-35 lecture was hosted by the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Sponsored by: Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman, BABA and AIAA NCS. Photos from the event

October 2nd - Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, GCB ADC LLD BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF – Chief of the Royal Air Force’s Air Staff – addressed the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) Washington, DC Branch. Air Chief Marshal Dalton’s lecture was hosted by the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 | Europe’s Emission Trading Scheme: Conflict or Compromise

A Joint RAeS DC Branch/IAC Panel with: Günter Hörmandinger, Environment and Climate Counselor, Delegation of the European Union; Nancy N. Young, Vice President for Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America and moderated by: Kenneth Quinn, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 | Virgin Galactic and the Future of Commercial Space

George Whitesides, President and CEO, Virgin Galactic on Virgin Galactic and the Future of Commercial Space at The Boeing Company's Auditorium 1200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 | AGM and Award with Presentation | FLYER

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and An Award to, and Presentation by, Mr. William R. Voss, President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation. 8 March 2012.

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Washington Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society & The National Capital Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are pleased to invite you to attend a presentation on the topic:

Naval Aviation: The First Century With Bobby Sturgell, former Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

A retired Navy Commander, Mr. Sturgell was an instructor at Topgun, the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School, and has flown the F14, F16, F18 and A4 aircraft.

By kind permission of the Ambassador the meeting will be held at The British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Free Parking adjacent to the Embassy

A reception commencing at 6 p.m. will precede the program, which will start at 7:00 p.m. To register please click here.


Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The Annual General Membership Meeting of the Branch and a Members' discussion on the topic: The Royal Aeronautical Society in North America: Challenges and Opportunities.

Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 V-22: Bringing New Technology
and Capability to the Theater

  • With Col. Christopher Seymour, USMC, Squadron CO and Pilot During V-22 Development, Flight‑Testing, and Operational Deployment
  • Richard Whittle, author of “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V‑22 Osprey” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010)

Thursday, 16 Sept 2010 | An Evening with J. Randolph Babbitt
Administrator, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Panel discussion, and Q&A on "The Economic Outlook for the Aerospace Industry"

  • Richard Aboulafia, Vice President for Analysis, Teal Group

  • Vaughn Cordle, Airline Analyst, AirlineForecasts

Moderated by: Joseph Anselmo, Senior Business Editor, AVIATION WEEK

The Rotunda of the British Embassy,3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Dulles Airport

Thursday 18 March 2010 | Washington Airports + AGM -

A presentation by James E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Annual General Meeting of the Washington Branch of the RAeS was held before the presentation.

October 1st, 2009 | "Integration of UAVs into the National Airspace System: Opportunities and Challenges" . The panel will consist of senior officers of the CBP, FAA, AUVSI, and Industry.

  • FAA -- John Allan
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection – CBP Air and Marine Assistant Commissioner Michael C. Kostelnik (Major General, USAF, RET)
  • Northrup Grumman -- Carl Mikeman, Senior Systems Physicist, Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems and lead for integration of UAVs into the airspace

Reception: 6 PM; Presentation: 7 PM

British Embassy

More information will be posted in early September



“The National Air and Space Museum – America’s Hangar”

General Jack Dailey, USMC (Retd), Director of the National Air and Space Museum.

“The Collection and Restoration of a Unique Group of Airplanes and Spacecraft that together tell the story of aviation”

Wednesday 20 May 2009 Reception: 6 PM ; Presentation: 7 PM British Embassy


Wednesday 15 April, 2009 , Rotunda, Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Dr J. Gordon Leishman, PhD, DSc, FRAeS, Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland , College Park

A former aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters, Dr. Leishman, the author of two books, has written extensively on topics on helicopter aerodynamics and helicopter technology. Dr. Leishman is a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The Washington Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Maryland provided a very interesting lecture on the design and development of the helicopter over the years and the challenges faced in the future to realize increased levels of capability. SLIDES

Royal Aeronautical Society, Washington Branch Panel discussion and AGM, Wednesday, 4 February, 2009 .

The members of the panel were:-

  • Amb. Ed Stimpson (former US representative at ICAO and currently Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation) who will moderate the discussion
  • Nick Sabatini, just retired as Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the FAA
  • Stephen McHale (former Deputy Administrator at the Transportation Security Administration and now in private law practice)
  • Clive Wright, First Secretary (Transport Policy) at the British Embassy, Washington
  • Douglas Lavin, IATA's representative here in Washington

The general theme of discussion was:-

"An Era of Change" "The possible effects of the present economic climate on the future development of Trans-Atlantic aviation as it relates to environment, safety, security and customer service."

The Panel discussion sponsored by COBHAM North America.

The AGM took place after the panel discussion.


Thursday, November 6, 2008 Sponsored By Rolls-Royce Na “Flying Higher And Faster: Hypersonic Flight For Military Applications And Beyond”

Dr. Mark Lewis, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland (Former Chief Scientist, USAF) Professor Lewis discussed some of the Air Force’s hypersonic programs, including current research frontiers to a rapt crowd of 85.

RAeS Washington Branch Lecture Meeting 22nd May 2008. – “The A380 Flight Test and Certification Programme”

RAeS Washington Branch Chairman Barry Eccleston (left), Fernando Alonso (center), and RAeS Washington Branch Vice Chair Bob Francis (right).

At the Meeting held at the British Embassy 22 May, the Head of Airbus Flight Operations, Mr. Fernando Alonso, gave a presentation entitled: “The A380 Flight Test and Certification Programme”. Mr. Alonso spoke to the great amount of care and work that had gone into the computational aerodynamic modeling and wind tunnel testing for the A380. This resulted in an uneventful first flight that matched the modeling almost exactly. Later Mr. Alonso showed several dramatic videos of maximum weight take-off aborts, cross-wind landings, and the emergency disembarking of 873 passengers in 83 seconds. Other aspects addressed included icing trials, noise footprint and wake turbulence. The lecture provided a clear insight into the many areas required for A380 certification and was enjoyed by some sixty attendees.

RAeS Washington Branch Lecture Meeting 9th April 2008. – “The Link Legacy”

Mr. Bruce Whitman, President and CEO of FlightSafety International

The Washington Branch hosted the annual ( UK ) RAeS “Link Lecture” for 2008 at the British Embassy on 9 April. The presenter was Mr. Bruce Whitman President and CEO of FlightSafety International. The attendance at the meeting included representatives from: the Edwin Link Foundation, FlightSafety International, the RAeS Flight Simulation Group, and L-3 Communications.

Mr. Whitman commenced his lecture with a short history of “the Blue Box” - the flight trainer that Edwin Link (born in 1904) invented in his twenties. The mechanical design and air power derived from the knowledge gained from his father’s company which built pianos and pipe organs. Later, in order to gain a foothold in aviation training, Ed Link started the Link Flying School . Bruce Whitman spoke to his association with Ed Link’s Company in that he was asked to join FlightSafety International in 1961 which was (and is) using a large number of Link Trainers. The Company flourished and it was soon realized that type-specific trainers would be required and designs reflecting specific aircraft were manufactured. Digital systems were later introduced allowing far broader functions to be realized.

Mr. Whitman stated that over 75,000 aviation professionals would be trained at FlightSafety International this year which will result in near a million flight simulator hours world wide. The aircraft simulator is now the sine qua non of flight training – increasing realism, reducing actual flight hours, enhancing safety, and providing global flexibility - a true tribute to Edwin Link’s vision, pioneering spirit, and passion for aviation.

Winter Lecture - December 6th, 2007: “Aviation and Public Policy - Fresh Challenges” Thursday, December 6th

The Honorable Jeffrey Shane, Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation gave an informal presentation on Liberalization – Phase II; NEXGEN – Prospect for Financing and Climate Change – Aviation’s Contribution


David Marshall, CBE , MA , CEng, FRAeS, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society

David Marshall of the RAeS provided a stimulating discussion exploring similarities, contrasts and shared responsibilities in defense and commercial aviation policy on both sides of the Atlantic . Mr. Marshall also examined whether trans-Atlantic relationships are truly up to the task of addressing such topical challenges as European environmental pressures.

Winter Lecture featuring The Honorable Marion C. Blakey, FAA Administrator and AGM February 20th, 2007

The Chairman introduced the speaker for the meeting and on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society, welcomed the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, the Honorable Marion C. Blakey. The Administrator’s presentation focused on global issues and was entitled “FAA International Initiatives and Harmonization”. The Administrator expressed her concern for the future of Air Traffic Control in the light of the ever expanding numbers of commercial aircraft and movements – and the breadth of their world-wide operations. It was not just the USA or Europe – China ’s air traffic is expanding at an annual rate of 8% and China ’s at 12%. The FAA is working closely with Europe to try and anticipate and mitigate future air traffic and control challenges – but the Administrator pointed out that we have little time to wait and we are getting blocked in; in addition, VLJs and UAVs are on the way, and the question of Commercial Space Travel now needs to be addressed.

Summer Lecture - June 28th, 2006 - The Technology Behind JSF

A presentation on the development, significance and impact of the Joint Strike Fighter. The speaker was RADM Steven L. Enewold, USN, Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

A reception was held at 5.45 p.m. and hosted by Lockheed Martin preceded the lecture held at the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036

Winter Lecture - February 23rd, 2006

The Washington Capital Branch held its Winter Lecture Meeting at the Canadian Embassy on February 23rd 2006.The Branch was fortunate, and honoured, to have as a speaker the US Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation, LTGEN John Castellaw who gave a most informative and entertaining presentation on the requirement, development and fielding of this unique aircraft.

Although the gestation period stretched over several years, the aircraft is now in the field and even those in the audience close to military aviation could not but be impressed by the shots of fifteen V-22s landing in formation at MCAS New River.

The General made special emphasis on the tactical flexibility of the aircraft – particularly as compared with its predecessor in this role – the CH-53E – twice the speed and ten times the range.

Although the Marines will be the primary operator, significant numbers are being acquired by the US Navy and the USAF (for Special Operations). Major points were made on the aircrafts ruggedness, ability to take fire, duplicated systems, and twin engines providing a single-engine-out capability.

In all, it proved to be a most illuminating interactive presentation to an enthusiastic audience of approximately 85. The audience included several who had worked with John Castellaw in earlier days and who provided some insights and additional humour to an already lively presentation.

Apart from extensive thanks to General Castellaw, the Branch much appreciated the superb organization and the facilities provided by Canadian Embassy and staff, and to the Boeing Company for sponsoring this event. The Canadian Defence Attache, Colonel Paul Drover, welcomed the attendees; General Castellaw was introduced by our Vice-Chairman, the Honourable Bob Francis; and Air Commodore Phil Goodman, RAF, thanked the General and presented him with an RAeS tie.

Summer Lecture

General T. Michael Moseley Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force presented “The Air Logistic Support to Operation Iraqi Freedom” preceded by a reception hosted by Lockheed Martin. The event was held at the Australian Embassy

Spring Event - Lecture and Annual General Meeting – 6 April 2005

Lecture - Why Airbus and the A380 are good for the US Economy.

The evening event was held at a hotel just across from the White House in Washington DC - opened with a catered reception sponsored by Airbus. Stuart Matthews, the chairman of the RAeS Capital Branch was the host and introduced the speaker Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus North America.

McArtor commenced his very topical lecture with two key data points of 140,000 and 6.9 Bn. During 2004, Airbus spent some $6.9Bn with US suppliers that bought R&D and production on everything from landing gear, evacuation slides and engines to cargo door actuators, brakes, waste and water systems. These contracts were awarded in some 40 states supporting some 140, 000 US hi-value manufacturing jobs. McArtor commented that when Airbus looks for suppliers and business partners they look for the best – in quality, price, service and support. Competition amongst US companies for Airbus business is stiff and that translates into ever-greater quality and more competitive pricing. The Airbus procurement budget in the US is bigger than any other country – even Europe - with some 46% of Airbus aircraft related procurement coming from the US.

McArtor explained that Airbus opened an engineering facility in Wichita, Kansas and now employs more people than any other Airbus facility in the US. Why Wichita? – He exclaimed. As a percentage of the population, more people work in aerospace and aviation in Wichita than in any other city in the country – even Seattle. There are now 200 Airbus engineers working in Wichita and the number is growing, supporting more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft in North America.

He then spoke about the A380 - commenting that it does not have any competition - setting new standards in seat economics, fuel burn, comfort, technology, and environmental impact. He said that any airport in any part of the world that can handle a 747 could also handle an A380. What airports can't handle are more and more aircraft movements to deal with the predicted tripling of passengers over the next 20 years.

EADS North America is taking the lead in the up-coming competition for the USAF tanker - but Airbus is very much involved. In January the process began to select a US location for a KC-330 military tanker modification, a final assembly line and an aircraft engineering center. Requests for Information were sent to 50 states with information regarding site requirements. By the deadline last week some 68 submissions from 31 states had been received.

The Hon Robert Francis offered a vote of thanks.

Annual General Meeting

The inaugural Annual General Meeting approved the following proposals:

The Capital Branch Rules

The DRAFT Nominees slate plus Captain Linda Orlady

The Annual Capital Branch subscription of $25.00

Proposals for the 2006 lecture program were received from the floor.

General Jumper USAF chief delivers the Rolls-Royce Centennial Lecture

The Rolls-Royce Centennial Lecture was held at the British Embassy, Washington DC on 6 October. General John P Jumper, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, was invited to deliver the lecture. He took as his subject “The USAF - A Vision for the Future”. The evening event commenced with a reception sponsored by Rolls-Royce North America.

The Chairman of the RAeS Capital Branch, Brian Miller introduced the evening and invited Stephen Plummer, Lt General USAF (retired) now a Senior Vice President at Rolls-Royce North America, to introduce General Jumper. Mr. Plummer's remarks included a backgrounder to the formation of the Rolls-Royce Company and the close interest that Charles Rolls took in the achievements of the Wright brothers. Rolls was tragically killed in 1910 whilst flying his French-built Wright aircraft - becoming the first Englishman to die in an air crash.

General Jumper introduced his subject by exploring the current global military threat environment and then detailed the USAF strategies and capabilities to counter and defeat them. There was emphasis on integrated networked systems including persistent Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Novel ISR concepts are being explored including Lighter-Than-Air platforms carrying sensor payloads, originally developed for space applications. The platforms will be capable of staring at the terrain for weeks or even months at a time. The USAF interest in the Joint Strike Fighter STOVL variant was explored with the emphasis on short field performance rather than in the vertical flight regime. Finally the emergence of the UAV was addressed and the evolution of the UCAV presently characterized by the Predator B, boasting six weapon stations.

A vote of thanks was given by the President of the RAeS, Roland Fairfield who had traveled to Washington DC to specifically attend the event. In excess of 100 persons attended the event, including the UK Ambassador Sir David Manning, the President of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Don Richardson, the Chairman of the Fight Safety Foundation Stewart Matthews, Air Attaches from several embassies and many personalities from the politico-defense industrial community within the Washington DC area.

Air Marshal Glenn Torpy, Deputy Commander-In-Chief Headquarters Strike Command presented the inaugural lecture at the British Embassy on 13 January 2004 . As the UK Air Contingent Commander, he took as his subject, the UK contribution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The lecture was preceded by a reception sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS.

The Capital Branch was inaugurated on 17 December 2003 , a momentous date in the annals of aviation history, as it was the centenary of manned flight by the Wright brothers.