9th January – Nova Systems – Helicopters, Dark, Dust and Fog

In this lecture Mark and Jools examine the problem and the ways it might be solved, as well as looking at the latest developments and also to the future, where some concepts such as pilotless passenger rotorcraft may result in the problem needing to be solved once and for all.


RAeS Evening Lecture

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The RAeS Boscombe Down Branch invites you to attend the following Evening Lecture
Nova Systems – Helicopters, Dark, Dust and Fog – Jools Lee and Mark Purvis
BOSCOMBE DOWN / 9th January 2018

Since rotorcraft first started flying the reduction in cues to the pilot caused by the dark, fog, dust and snow or worse-still combinations have presented a lethal hazard. Recent military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan saw NATO rotorcraft frequently involved in so-called Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) accidents, a number of which resulted in tragic loss of life. This led to great impetus to provide technical solutions to help the pilot overcome the problem.

In this lecture Mark and Jools examine the problem and the ways it might be solved, as well as looking at the latest developments and also to the future, where some concepts such as pilotless passenger rotorcraft may result in the problem needing to be solved once and for all.

 

 

 

Jools Lee studied aerospace engineering at the University of Bristol before spending 10 years flying Lynx and Apache helicopters in the British Army. He graduated as the Patuxent Shield winner from ETPS in 2010, subsequently flying a wide variety of aircraft at RWTES and as the UK Test Pilot on the US-Canadian Degraded Visual Environment Symbology Trial (DVEST). Jools is now an operations manager and head of systems engineering for Nova Systems as well as a team leader within the NATO industrial advisory group on future rotorcraft.

Mark Purvis qualified as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot in 2000 before spending frontline tours on both the Sea King Mk4 and Lynx Mk3. After graduation in 2006 from ETPS, he completed flight test postings to MOD Boscombe Down and the US Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate. He has participated in 3D symbology simulator trials in 2008, led a DSTL 3D symbology flight trial in 2009 and conducted a number of flights tests on Apache electro-optical systems. Mark now works as a senior operational consultant and test pilot at Nova Systems.

 

VENUE
Lower Ante Room, Officer’s Mess
MOD Boscombe Down
Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JF

17:00 – Tea and Coffee available
17:15 – Lecture Starts

For further details, contact our Lecture Secretary Sam Gibbons on 01980 664406.

All Welcome You do not need to be a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society to attend!

External members need to declare their intention to attend our lectures by emailing the Members Secretary (members@BoscombeDownRAeS.org) or by calling Peter Richards on on 01980 662536.

Are you pursuing CEng, IEng or EngTech status? Attendance at our lectures will help you meet your CPD requirements, and certificates of attendance will be provided!

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