Western Aerospace Centre

The Centre is part of the Aerospace Division of the IMechE, and represents western region industry and academia with interest in the aerospace industry.

The Chairman of the Western Aerospace Centre is Martin Soltau, who can be reached by emailing wac@imeche.org.

The Honorary Secretary, Pauli Markkanen MEng CEng MIMechE can be reached about anything in connection with the Western Aerospace Centre and its events by emailing wacsec@imeche.org.

Please get in touch if you would like represent your organisation in industry or academia on the committee, if you would like further details on any of the events on these pages, or if you would be interested in helping arrange these or other events across the Western Region.


Western Aerospace Centre Prize 2014

A Recognition of Continuing Professional Development

The Western Aerospace Centre annual prize competition encourages Continuing Professional Development for Young Engineers who have previously graduated with a first degree.

The finalists' presentations for this year’s Western Aerospace Centre annual prize competition will take place at the University of Bristol on the evening of May 15th.

The competition finalists will be presenting their contributions to leading edge research and development projects to a panel that will include engineering directors from the region’s leading Aerospace organisations. The finalists are:

· Solagne Baena, Airbus and Cranfield University: Nature and effects of ice accretion in the performance of centrifugal pumps;

· Guilllaume Francois, University of Bristol: Novel structural designs of composite wings;

· James Kratz, University of Bristol: Development of sustainable vacuum-bag-only manufacturing processes for composite aerospace structures;

· Ali Mokrane, Stirling Dynamics Ltd: Novel analysis and design tools for nonlinear helicopter ground resonance prediction.

Attendance at the competition evening will offer an excellent opportunity to support professional development, network with senior Aerospace representatives and to learn more about research and development in the South West Aerospace community.

Congregrate at 6pm for a prompt 6.30pm start on 15th May 2014 at the Queens Building, University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TS.

The event is FREE and open to all, with no pre-booking required. There will be a finger buffet and drinks after the event.

Find the flyer for the event here.

We hope to see you there!

Western Aerospace Centre Prestige Lecture 2013

Where Next for Airbus - Evolution or Revolution?

On the Monday 21st October at the University of Bristol, Neil Scott (UK Engineering Director for Airbus) discussed the future possibilities in the civil airline world.

Neil Scott is currently Vice President Engineering for Airbus in the UK as well as Head of Landing Gear Engineering for Airbus. Neil has previously been the UK Chief engineer on the A320 Programme, UK Chief Engineer on the A330/A340 Programme, Programme Director for the A340-600 Wing, Programme Director for the A380 Landing Gear, and Aircraft Programme Director for the definition phase of the A350 which has recently achieved its first flight.

Airbus has been developing innovative and market winning aircraft on a regular basis. Since the early 1980’s with the first fly-by-wire aircraft the A320, Airbus have produced a new model or a major version change aircraft every 2 to 3 years on average. The commercial aircraft market remains buoyant, but the world is changing and the next all new aircraft has to be a real game-changer to meet the modern demands of the environment, fuel burn, noise, reliability, cost and of course safety and customer comfort. In this lecture Neil looked at previous successes, the challenges going forward and possible solutions for air travel in the years to come.

Flyer include in .pdf form.

We are pleased to include the slides from Neil's lecture.

Why not find out what the Aerospace Division is up to?

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    15 May 2014 16:00 to 18:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    Western Aerospace Centre Committee Meeting
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    15 May 2014 18:30 to 21:30
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    The finalists of the Western Aerospace Centre 2014 Prize will present their work to senior members of the Western Region's aerospace industry and academia with the hope of taking first prize.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    13 October 2014 16:00 to 18:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    Western Aerospace Centre Committee Meeting
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    13 October 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Whilst the title is to be decided, Colin will talk of the future of aircraft propulsion.
    Industry: Aerospace
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