Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

August 2012: Jenkin Day 2012 Invitation

SOUE Jenkin Meeting, Friday-Saturday 14-15 September 2012

This year's meeting again coincides with the University's Alumni Weekend. The Jenkin Lecture will be given (at 2 pm on the Saturday) by Frank Chapman (St Catherine's 1977-80 and now Chief Test Pilot of Airbus, Toulouse), on:

"Flight-testing the A380 - from first flight to certification"

His synopsis is:

Presentation describes the process and some of the more interesting aspects of flight test and certification requirements prior to entry into service of the Airbus A380. Highlights include: first flight profile and issues; flight envelope expansion; aerodynamic and flight control law tuning; Vmu and Vmcg testing; max brake energy; functional and reliability testing; emergency evacuation testing.

The speaker served in the RAF, flying Phantoms and Harriers for 9 years after graduating from St Catherine's, and then did a test pilot course in France. From 1990 to 1996 he was a test pilot first at Farnborough and then with the USAF, by an RAF exchange scheme. From 1997-2003 he flew Airbuses for Monarch Airlines. Since 2004 he has been an Experimental Test Pilot with Airbus at Toulouse.

On the Friday evening we are having a dinner at the Perch at Binsey, copying the successful event in 2010. Frank Chapman will be our guest. This will be at 7.00 for 7.30. Parking at the Perch should be straightforward. Cost will be £32 per head (excluding drinks, which can be bought as required). Menu (abbreviated a bit) is:

Soup of the day, or Chicken liver parfait, or Confit tomato with smoked goats cheese.

Sea bass, or Breast of Barbary duck, or Vegan polenta.

Crème brulée, or Profiteroles, or Berry Trifle, or Cheese-board.


This year, instead of talks on the Saturday morning, we are offering two alternative visits, to the new Southwell Lab in Osney, home of the turbomachinery research group, and to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in the Old Road campus in Headington. Details:

Minibuses will leave the Thom Building at 9.45 am for each of these destinations, and will return at about 11.30 am. The tours are each limited to15 people, so book early to ensure a place.

Guests are welcome at the Friday dinner and at the Jenkin Lecture, but in view of the limited spaces available we had better limit the tours to members.

Saturday's time table is:

09.45      Minibuses leave Thom Building for Southwell Building and IBME
12.30 The Society's Annual General Meeting
13.00 Buffet lunch in the Holder Common Room
14.00 The 25th Jenkin Lecture (as above)

Telling us you are coming

If you plan to attend the meeting, please return the reply slip, so that we have some idea how many to cater for, and can prepare a name badge for you in advance. And enclose a cheque if you would like the buffet lunch and/or the Friday night dinner. By Friday 7 September please, especially if you are coming to the dinner! Or if you wish you can e-mail us, and if necessary pay by PayPal (see the reply slip for details).

Remember there is very little parking space on the Department's site, and what there is will very likely have been booked. We suggest either using one of the Park-and-Rides, or looking for spaces in St Giles or Keble Road.


Since the Department is now issuing an annual newsletter to all known alumni for whom it has addresses, the SOUE Committee has decided that SOUE News will for this year at least not be published in paper form but only on our website It should appear there sometime in September. Any comments on this decision can be passed to the Secretary.

David Witt, Secretary, August 2012

(Click here to view or print the reply slip)