Promoting the aviation is one of the branch’s missions. The Careers in Aviation Awareness Programme, run in conjunction with the Education Bureau, was a well subscribed again and gave school teachers and informed insight which would aid students.
The lecture programme was rich and well attended and included lectures from Blake Scholl from Boom Technologies on faster than sound travel accessible to the general public.“Mr Boeing 737”, Keith Leverkuhn, Boeing VP and GM for the programme, covered Boeing’s latest incarnation of the famous Boeing 737, the 737 Max.
The JK Swire Annual Dinner and Lecture, was another sell out, with Nigel Lamb, 2014 Red Bull Racing Champion delighting the audience on his journey to success at the Red Bull Air Races.
The Boeing 747 and associated Rolls Royce RB211 have a long history with Hong Kong, and Boeing’s Chief Pilot 747 Programmes, Capt Feuerstein and retired Rolls Royce Director of Engineering & Technology, Phil Ruffles both recounted the history of these aviation icons.
Macau, was the venue of this year’s major field trip to view a Breitling DC3 on its world tour and last year was a visit to Cathay Pacific’s latest Airbus A350.The Branch’s success is due to the members and also the contribution of the committee.
Two of our flagship events were well received by our young members and attracted more people to join our society.
As usual, the traditional Christmas Quiz was held at the Aviation Club in Kai Tak in December last year. The event was so popular that it was oversubscribed, resulting in 13 teams battling this time. Winners were graduate engineers from Cathay Pacific, engineers from HK Express and a group of university students. We are excited to see a team of students winning a prize because winners were usually aviation professionals.
We are thankful to have our sponsors, The Boeing Company and IVE, supporting AeroChallenge Design Build Fly for five consecutive years. With the promotion over our new facebook fan page, the event attracted people with different backgrounds: students, aviation professionals and mature adults working in other sectors. The event and our facebook fan page have broadened the membership base. The competition was a bit challenging this year as we no longer flew gliders. Instead, propellers were introduced. The participants have to keep their plane flying straightly while not crashing into the walls. We were pleased to see students from HKU and HKUST winning the flying test.