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Solent Branch

Welcome to the SaRS Solent Branch home page

Forthcoming Events

The 2017/2018 Solent Branch event calendar begins in September. The next Solent Branch meeting is:

Date Speaker Topic Venue

These events are open to non-members and visitors, who are most welcome. Evening talks will commence at 1830.

As with all SaRS branches, the branch covers a wide range of industries and organisations which include marine regulation, naval design and support, Air Traffic Management (ATM), navigation and avionics manufactures, airports operators and defence industries.

SaRS Solent Branch covers central southern England below the M4 corridor from Dorset and Wiltshire in the West, to Sussex and outer London in the East.

Lectures address topics which are of relevance to Safety and Reliability Professionals and are an excellent method of keeping informed of current developments; additionally the meetings are an ideal networking opportunity.Since its formation Solent Branch has each year held a series of evening lectures, these lectures are normally held on the third Tuesday of the month between September and May each year. These events are open to non members and visitors are most welcome. The branch events calendar year runs from September to May each year. 

Who to contact for more information   

For further information on the Solent Branch (including events), please contact the secretary, John Pearce:

Tel: 01252 738567

Recent events run by the Branch have included:

  • Rich Wilby from BMT discussed “Airline safety culture and the introduction of new aircraft”. For more information, please see the flyer.
  • A presentation on Modelling of Service Availability by Iain Davison
  • A visit to and presentation by Ordnance Survey

Event Summary: Presentation to Solent Branch 15th September 2015

John Hoddinott of BMT Isis delivered a talk on “Safety and Airworthiness Aspects of the IMechE Unmanned Aerial System Challenge” to Solent Branch members.

The IMechE’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge has now become a regular annual event, asking teams of UK undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS with specific mission objectives from September 2014 – before competing in a final ‘fly-off’ and judging in early July 2015. The Challenge aims to strengthen the links between industry and universities in developing applied UAS-related activities; it provides valuable practical experience for students that can help to enhance employment opportunities, particularly in the aerospace field.

Participants were asked to find a way of using an unmanned aerial vehicle to achieve the remote delivery of a payload (thus reproducing some key elements of a humanitarian aid scenario) and entries that maximised the use of autonomous control were scored more highly than those involving more operator control. A tightly-defined set of technical requirements had to be met, which included the need for solutions to comply with existing regulatory requirements for UAS and consideration of the impact of autonomy on these regulations.

As an experienced safety management specialist, the presenter acted as one of the judges, assessing what were in effect the teams’ safety cases for their respective entries. He was able to provide some interesting insights into the variety of approaches used in their technical designs and supporting assurance documentation. Photographs taken during the mission demonstration at Bruntingthorpe airfield showed the range of successful (and less successful) aircraft that took part in the competition. John’s talk stimulated much interest and discussion amongst attendees.

And the 2015 UAS Challenge result? Of the eight awards associated with the event, the Safety and Airworthiness Award was won by Nottingham University and the Overall Grand Champions were Southampton University.

John Blake

Some pictures of some of the UAS’ built for the challenge;

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Branch Organisers      


Chairman: John Blake

Secretary: John Pearce

Treasurer: Mike Sleath