Region joins the UK’s high flyers

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The increasing role Sheffield region firms and researchers are playing in developing state of the art aerospace materials, techniques and technology has been recognised by a decision to launch a local branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Society, founded in 1866 – nearly 50 years before the Wright Brothers took to the air – aims to encourage the ‘general advancement of aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering’ and already has 180 members in the region.

The new branch is based at Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing and is planning a series of events, including lectures for general interest and professional development.

The inaugural event is due to take place on Tuesday, March 27.

John Roberts, who was chief engineer for the A380 Airbus with responsibility for the wing landing gear and fuel systems, will be speaking about his work at the launch in the Advanced Manufacturing Park’s new Knowledge Transfer Centre.

Mr Roberts was chief systems engineer for the Airbus A330/340 and vice president of engineering at Messier Dowty, where he was responsible for engineering landing gear.

For information or to attend the free lecture, contact Dr Tim Swait, email: or tel: 0114 222 5920.