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VULCAN – THE AIRCRAFT, THE PROJECT AND THE FUTURE

Thurs 19th May 2016 – Hangar 3, Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster-Sheffield

Its flying days may be over but Avro Vulcan XH558 showed it hasn’t lost any of its pulling power, as 150 IMechE South Yorkshire Area members and guests gathered at its home at Robin Hood Airport to hear Dr Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, talk about last October’s emotional and momentous Farewell Tour, before outlining plans for the next chapter in the Vulcan story - the exciting Etna Project - which will involve Vulcan XH558 becoming the centrepiece of a stunning new education initiative aimed at developing the next generation of aviation industry engineers. 



Fig 1. The 150 strong audience listen to plans for the future of XH558

Dr Pleming then announced to a surprised audience that the Vulcan to the Sky Trust had, that day, completed the purchase of an English Electric Canberra WK163 to restore to flight as it’s next project.  The Canberra had ironically been built at Avro’s Woodford plant, the same facility that had built Vulcan XH558.



Fig 2. Dr Robert Pleming announces the purchase of Canberra WK163

Dr Pleming then handed over to Martin Withers DFC, who thrilled the audience with his personal account of what was probably the Vulcan’s finest and most incredible moment, Operation Black Buck - the raid on Port Stanley airfield during the Falklands Conflict.  A real Boy’s Own story, that will live long in the audience’s memories, and illustrates why such huge affection is afforded to this truly iconic aircraft.

Fig 3. Martin Withers recounts Operation Black Buck



Fig 4. An incredible story! 

 

More can be read about the plans for the future by visiting the Vulcan to the Sky website.

Vulcan Post-Flight Plans & Canberra Announcement



Volunteers Inspire at Rotherham Children’s Festival 

July 2015

Rotherham Children’s Festival saw Yorkshire Region volunteers take part in a Bloodhound Project engineering adventure with the aim of encouraging children to engage with STEM subjects.

Over 1400 students from 40 different schools and over 100 associated school staff were invited to experience the BLOODHOUND SSC project as part of this year’s Rotherham Children’s Festival at the Rotherham FC, New York Stadium.  This was a unique opportunity for children in the Rotherham area to engage with this global engineering project and be proud of the local engineering involvement in the project.  

The Bloodhound project is using a 1000mph world land speed record in an attempt to inspire the next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  It has three objectives:

1.       Inspire the next generation about STEM.

2.       Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience.

3.       Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph.

Bloodhound team ran the week as an ‘Air Rocket Car Challenge’.  Starting each day, a presentation from the Bloodhound team about the iconic project was an instant hit.  Groups of children were then set a challenge to build a rocket car. They worked in teams to design, build and test their cars over the day with semi-finals and then the finals in the afternoon.  There were competition winners each day, each of whom will get their name on the tail fin of the actual car taking part in the world land speed record attempt.  



During the day, each group was also taken through the Tour and Explore workshop around an educational variant of the car, participated in a science workshop and had the chance to see local engineering employers to see their products and talk about related careers.

Ian Crowston, Yorkshire Region Education Officer and Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce, was instrumental in linking the Bloodhound project with the Festival, recruiting volunteers and helping co-ordinate the input of over thirty Ambassadors in support of the Bloodhound workshops.

 Volunteers on the Institution's popular stand included STEM Ambassadors John Queening, Education Officer for the South Yorkshire Area who was able to discuss with local schools the institution’s ability to provide fun STEM support days in school for delivery of the curriculum and careers guidance.




There were Rolls-Royce STEM Ambassadors in support every day, proving Rolls-Royce is a great supporter of engineers in the region. They have  recently opened their Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) in Rotherham. It is closely linked to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with the Factory of the Future and it has numerous suppliers in the area. Rolls-Royce presented engineering prizes each day for outstanding achievements, demonstrated by teams and individuals.

The other volunteering STEM Ambassadors, Bloodhound Ambassadors and Yorkshire Region volunteers came from various organisations in the region.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers financially contributed to the costs of the event.

Get Up to Speed 2015

22 April 2015

Today the Magna Science Adventure Centre held host to approximately 1,600 people at the annual "Get Up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing". 

The day was a real treat where local companies and education institutions gathered to showcase the fantastic careers and opportunities available in Engineering.   

A large majority of the crowd in attendance were from local schools and colleges and they had enthusiasm in abundance.

Our IMechE stand displayed a dot marker machine and 3D printer (courtesy of Pryor Marking Technology) on which all attendees could have there named marked (in dots) upon a shiny steel rule and observe some 3D prints being produced throughout the day.

Although the 3D printer certainly had a WOW factor from the technology appearing in the news recently, and was great fun to play with, the dot marker machine garnered the most interest and enthusiasm with visitors to our stand.

Watching the faces of students light up as they type in their names hit "Enter" and watch the machine spring to life was brilliant. The sheer simplicity of traditional engineering machines that whir and bang and whizz seemed to capture their undivided attention with ease.

Hopefully we did our bit to maker them think that Engineering is the place to be...

Photo credits: © Nathan Dainty – VeryCreative


And if not...well there was a Delorean right around the corner that should do the trick.




Parliamentary candidate pledges support for UK manufacturing campaign

30 March 2015

Parliamentary candidate Angela Smith has signed the Institution of Mechanical Engineer’s Five-Year Skill Solution pledge ahead of this May’s general election.

The Labour candidate for Penistone and Stocksbridge – who was MP for the constituency from 2010 - gave her backing to UK engineering and manufacturing while visiting the headquarters of Naylor Industries PLC in Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

The pledge cards and the Institution’s 2015 Engineering Manifesto have been sent to every serving MP and prospective parliamentary candidate in the UK – more than 3,000 in total.

In the manifesto the Institution vows to work with industry, academia, professional engineering institutions and all the major political parties to put forward a range of solutions to meet our engineering skills gap.

It has been calculated that too maintain economic growth the UK needs to produce 190,000 engineering graduates and technicians every year till 2020. Last year we produced only 51,000 of our 87,000 target for graduates alone.

By working together, the UK can create a platform by 2020 that will increase the number of people entering the profession at both graduate and apprenticeship levels.

Steve Wainwright, chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Yorkshire Region, said:

“This region is heavily dependent on engineering and manufacturing and we are delighted that a parliamentary candidate has pledged their support for our skills manifesto, both on a local and national level.

”The UK is facing a chronic skills shortage and it’s essential that industry works closely with politicians to ensure our engineering sectors can thrive in the global market.”

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, Chief Operating Officer of Naylor Industries PLC, said:

“We were delighted to have our local MP Angela Smith meet with some of our Engineering Apprentices and Management Trainees.

“Naylor have addressed the skill gap in this area head-on with a long term training programme producing engineers across a wide range of disciplines.
  
“Naylor are recognised globally as high quality manufacturer of innovative construction products – skills are at the heart of our business and vital to the UK if it is to sustain the current manufacturing renaissance.” 


Photo: Steve Wainwright, chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Yorkshire Region, and PPC Angela Smith (holding the pledge card) join staff from Naylor Industries PLC.


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