The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) has published its events calendar going into 2021.  All are virtual and cover a variety of aviation aspects and are mostly free to non-members.

The lectures for the most part cover both civil and military aviation, and the vast support network.

First up is a presentation by the Heathrow branch, 21 January, “Farewell to the Queen of the Skies” with the speakers including Captain Hugh Dibley, BOAC pilot and motor racing driver.  Also joining the talk is Captain Al Bridger, current director of flight operations for British Airways, who was flight manager technical and one of the pilots to fly the last of the British Airways’ ‘Jumbo Jets’ to their resting place in October and December 2020. He will be sharing his memories of his time on the fleet, as well as providing an insight into being at the controls during that final flight.

Amongst a whole series of talks Thursday 4 February sees the Boeing MAX highlighted, followed on 22 February by Chris Stark chief executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate.