NEWS FROM THE AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF MAURITIUS
- Beginner’s Guide to RC Flight Mechanics, Structures & Control Systems of Fixed-Wing Electric-Model Aircraft August 2017
This is a beginner’s course in RC (remote control) model aircraft. It introduces the flight mechanics, structures and control systems related to a reduced scale model. In 2017, three batches of the MQA approved short course was conducted at the University of Mauritius in the months of January, February and July respectively. The course was well received among the general public and the total number of participants in 2017 amounted to approximately 70. An advanced course in the same field is in the pipeline and might as well be advertised by the end of this year for a first batch starting in January 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact the course coordinator, via firstname.lastname@example.org should additional information on both the Beginner’s and Advanced courses be required.
- New Members of the AeSM Council March 2017
At the AGM of the Society which was held in March, a new Council was elected for the next two years, that is for 2017 and 2018. While several previous names remained unchanged, a particular “Welcome on Board “ is due to two new Council Members, Dr Amrita Kundomal and Capt Garth Gray! I am personally delighted to have the benefit of your expertise in continuing the development of the AeSM!
Capt. Richard (Dick) Twomey, AeSM President
- Junior Aviator March 2017
News for young aviation enthusiasts in Mauritius: The Council of the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius (AeSM) is keen to encourage the enthusiasm apparent among Secondary School students and evidenced in the model glider competition of 2016 and again in this year 2017. A Junior Aviator Section of the Society is therefore proposed, with meetings and aviation-related visits taking place during school holidays. A “Junior Aviator” membership fee of only Rs25 per year will be requested . Some activities may require a transport contribution.
- Electroflight March 2017
SPEED is the latest challenge for proponents of electric-powered aircraft , according to Tim Robinson of the RAeS. He reports that a UK company, Electroflight, is aiming to push up the current record for this propulsion type from the current 220 mph to between 250 and 300 mph with a design known as the P1e, which will use lithium batteries to power two motors driving contra-rotating two-blade propellers. Electroflight’s MD Roger Targett is ready to exchange endurance for a burst of high speed saying that “For the speed run we need 2.75 minutes plus 20% reserve. For air racing and air show displays the P1e will have a flight time of 10 minutes plus the 20% reserve.” Battery temperature management will be the team’s main challenge. (Based on a report in RAeS Aerospace).
- Membership News January 2017
The Aeronautical Society of Mauritius is delighted to welcome the following members whose admission/election/upgrading as stated hereafter has been approved by the Council on the recommendations of the Membership Committee:
AFFILIATE: Cyril Belcourt
STUDENT: Manraj Purbhoo
GRADUATE: Muzammeel Sajeed Hussain Bhunnoo, Geerish Seewollall
ASSOCIATE MEMBER (AMAeSM): Yonick Jordan Choo Fon
MEMBER (MAeSM): Kamlacant (Shyam) Fulena
- A Good Start to 2017 January 2017
January 2017 saw for the third consecutive year a visit to Mauritius and to the AeSM by a President of the iconic Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). This year the holder of this important post is Professor Chris Atkin MA PhD CEng FRAeS, whose career in aerodynamic and aeromechanical research led in 2008 to his being appointed as Chair in Aeronautical Engineering, and subsequently Head of School, at City University London.
- AeSM is on LinkedIn March 2016
Please join our group on LinkedIn ‘The Aeronautical Society of Mauritius (AeSM)’
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