Welcome to the official American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of New South Wales Student Branch - AIAA UNSW. We are the society for all students of Aerospace engineering at the university, as well as open to anyone interested in the industry.
The Wings Over Illawarra airshow is returning for their 2018 event in May with the promise it will be the largest event yet, with numerous aircraft on display from an ex Qantas 747 to historical fighters and helicopters. There is also the impressive flying displays / aerobatics, carnival rides and food stalls.
Capt Matthew GRAY FRAeS from Qantas Flight Operations will be presenting a talk on 21st Century Airline Flight Training at UNSW on Wednesday the 29th of November from 6pm (Ainsworth Building J17, Lecture Theatre G03). This event is proudly organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society - Sydney Branch
That's a wrap for 2017, we hope you all had a blast and we'll be back at the start of next year to bring you another year's worth of events and projects! A massive thank you to the outgoing committee members who put an enormous amount of time into the branch to bring you these events. Good luck with exams, enjoy your summer holidays and see you back at uni on the 26th of February 2018 (or maybe even at O-week...).
Hear from Australia's home-grown space entrepreneurs. Join us for a conversation about starting a business in the aerospace industry with our stellar panellists! Brought to you by AIAA UNSW and Textbook Ventures.
At the AIAA UNSW's Annual General Meeting our next executive committee will be elected and of course, there will be free pizza for lunch! As a member of the committee, you get to help plan and manage the events that we run, such as public lectures from real astronauts, networking nights with the biggest names in Australian aerospace, and site visits to places like Qantas Engineering and Optus!
Applications are now open for the 2017 Qantas Engineering Summer School Program. This is an amazing opportunity for aerospace students to apply their skills, develop connections and contribute to such an iconic Australian company. This six month paid program (which can also cover your UNSW industrial training requirements) is based at the Mascot HQ office and will run from Monday 20th November, 2017 until Friday 2nd March, 2018.
Come and visit us at the 2017 UNSW Open Day on Saturday 2nd September. We will be running a wind tunnel display and tours of the aerospace labs from 10am - 4pm. It's a great opportunity to talk to current students about studying aerospace engineering and what we do. Find us in the Willis Annexe building [J18] with the "Gone with the wind" exhibition.
In third year and looking for internships? Or just a proactive first year looking for some insight into your future? Come along to our Internships Info Night to hear from students who have undertaken internships at NASA in America, Airbus in England and Sydney, Qantas in Sydney, and even done research right at home at UNSW!
Join us for a prominent networking opportunity to meet eminent professionals in the aerospace industry. You will meet potential future employees and find out about internship availabilities and where your career could take you. This year the event will be held at STUDIO Sydney Tower on the 5th September from 6:30pm. Tickets start from only $20 for AIAA members and include drinks & canapés on the night.
"Stall" your studies – watch a movie with your fellow aeroheads! This is a free event with all welcome. Vote for your movie now!
Launch back into the flow of semester with some thermodynamically superior sausages and hypothermal soft drinks! Free for all our members on Orgsync. We will also be taking orders for our final round of hoodies for the year - don't miss out.
Come visit us in week 1 for the official semester 2 Welcome Back Day! Whether you are just starting your studies at UNSW, or returning for another fun-filled semester, come have a chat about our big plans for the semester and how you can get the most out of your time here. We have some fun activities planned as well so stay tuned!
Seem familiar? Are you starting to stress? Considering dropping out to a less awesome degree? Fear not people, we've got you covered! We've got a fantastic bunch of fourth year students that are keen to impart their knowledge and experience of third year design onto you! They'll share with you the kind of assignments and content you can expect, how to approach it and how to keep your sanity*!
Hoodies & T-shirts are back by popular demand for a limited time only. This is your last chance to order our 2017 merch with the phrase It's
not rocket science. You will be able collect your order during one of our events early-mid semester.
Launched January 19, 2006, the New Horizons mission had one goal as it ventured into the solar system – answer questions about Pluto, its moons and Kuiper Belt objects. What new puzzles will New Horizons solve before the mission ends? Come and hear the story of recent science discoveries and the upcoming excitement as New Horizons heads towards the Keiper belt.
The annual Careers Day hosted by UNSW Aviation Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) provides students with an opportunity to meet and interact with both individuals and companies in the aviation industry.
Our Friends at the Sydney Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society are returning to UNSW for the first time in a year with an unmissable event on the science behind the search for the missing MH370 aircraft.
Hear the details of the ground breaking science that was involved and was progressively evolved during the search and the ongoing analysis with refinements to drift modelling and signals analysis.
The AIAA University of Sydney Student Branch (USSB) is again hosting its biennial Canberra Tour and we are invited! Join us for a weekend away and visit some of the key aerospace facilities in Canberra, including NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) presentation/tour among others. Tickets start at only $150 for AIAA members for the weekend including transport, accommodation plus breakfast and lunch on each day.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Qantas Engineering Winter School Program. This is an amazing opportunity for aerospace students to apply their skills, develop connections and contribute to such an iconic Australian company.
This six month paid program (which can also cover your UNSW industrial training requirements) is based at the Mascot HQ office and will run from Monday 24th July, 2017 until Thursday 25th January, 2018.
Have the last blast with AIAA UNSW and your fellow aeroheads before we plunge into the upper examosphere for the next few weeks! $15 for Arc members through AIAA UNSW – limited number of tickets so get in quick!
Join the AIAA UNSW team! We are accepting nominations for the following positions on the AIAA UNSW Executive Committee and Subcommittee! We're looking for a new Events Manager, Arc Delegate, 3 Year Representatives and a Projects lead!
You loved our AIAA UNSW T-Shirt last year! You asked for more! Now, here we are... 2017 AIAA UNSW T-Shirts and Hoodies are on sale! Pre-purchase online so you don't miss out! Collect your merch at our chill-out BBQ in week 10. If you're lucky and we haven't sold out, you can even buy from us at the BBQ (unlikely). Buy both a hoodie AND a t-shirt and make the cost more aerodynamic (10% discount)!
Interested in rockets - or joining our new rocketry team project? Come join us at the NSW Rocketry Association’s launch day on Saturday 29th April. We will be watching some awesome model rockets, talking with experienced experts as well as discussing some goals and timelines for the AIAA UNSW Rocketry Team. The launch site is Whalan Reserve, about an hour west of UNSW. Look forward to seeing you all there for an adventure!
It's Yuri's Night!! So lets celebrate everything space, and what's a better way to do it than with a movie. We'll Have UFO shaped Pizzas and Astroid shaped Popcorn to go around.
Our friends at the Royal Aeronautical Society (Sydney Branch) are hosting a talk from Warwick Holmes on the Rosetta mission. The Rosetta spacecraft orbited the Sun five times and travelled through the solar system for more than 8 billion km over a period of more than 12 years to complete its mission. Rosetta achieved historical world acclaim as the only interplanetary spacecraft that successfully landed a probe (Philae) on a comet.
Astronaut Stories Australia is a keynote series of events run by the AIAA to bring the stories, passion and inspiration of the world's astronauts to life. In September, audiences in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne will hear more from the perspective of those who have ventured, worked and lived in space. Each city will feature public "An Evening of Astronaut Stories" as well as a "From STEM to Space" high school workshop.
The IAC is the world’s largest annual gathering of space professionals, and it is anticipated that more than 3,000, including astronauts, heads of space agencies and students will attend in Adelaide this year. We're looking to organise a trip covering transport and accommodation for students interested in attending the event - making it convenient, but also meaning we can all travel & stay together as a group. Plus, we will hold social events while we're down there!
Our friends PAAS UTS are hosting a space panel night to talk about Australia and the space industry. With a fantastic line-up of Australia’s space leaders, you will get to meet the panel of space entrepreneurs, space engineers and space lawyers as they discuss how and why Australia needs to get to space. If you want to be part of the rising space movement in Australia, come to the event on the 26th of April.
AIAA UNSW, AIAA USSB & PAAS UTS have teamed up and have invited you to a welcome drinks night! This is a welcome social night for everyone from the 3 universities to hang out, have fun and make some new friends. As a love for space and aviation is shared among each of our societies, this is what brings us together. We hope you can come so you can be a part of that!
The AIAA Sydney Section are excited to announce an upcoming AIAA Public Lecture presented by Dr Sanu Kainikara. Dr Kainikara is currently the RAAF’s Air Power Strategist at the Air Power Development Centre, and was formerly an Indian Air Force fighter pilot with over 4,000 flying hours on the MiG-21,-23,-25,-27, and MiG-29 aircraft!
Come and enjoy a free lunch with the other aero-heads at uni! Hear more about AIAA, and ask us about our upcoming events this semester!
We will be running an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) in week 3, giving you the opportunity to join us in organising and running our 2017 events and projects. It's also a chance to hang out with other aerospace students, make new friends and, most importantly - free pizza! Nominations are open for the positions of first year representative and arc delegate.
The Wings Over Illawarra airshow is coming up in May, and as a break from studies we have organised a group trip down for a weekend of aerobatics, plane spotting & hanging out with fellow aerospace students across the universities! We know you're all dying for an opportunity to spend a day gawking at the variety of fantastic and marvellous flying human-made creatures we call aircraft... The day for that has come!
The AIAA Sydney Section is excited to announce our first activity of 2017 for our Sydney members, a showing of “Hidden Figures” at Hoyts Broadway followed by dinner and drinks at a local bar. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history...
Do you think you have what it takes to design our next AIAA UNSW T-Shirt? We're holding another competition this year to see what you guys can come up with! The winner walks away with a free T-Shirt with their design on it!
Martyn Potts, Engine Fleet Manager, will introduce the Qantas power plants by fleet (717, 737, 747, A330, A380, Q400, Dash 8) and will cover how Qantas monitor their performance, analyse the data stream from each engine during and after flight, undertake engine maintenance, and will cover job opportunities at Qantas in the Fleet Engine silo/unit.
The Sydney Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is hosting a presentation by Mr David Lau, Head of Engineering, Jetstar, discussing the introduction and operation of the Boeing 787. Further details to follow.
Interested in how you can use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. drones, for your business? Curious about the potential impact of the technology? Or are you a UAV service provider looking for business opportunities? Join us as we discuss the numerous aspects of the UAV industry, from hardware manufacturers, through to operators, end users and regulators.
The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment. The robotic spacecraft arrived in 2004 after a 7-year flight from Earth, dropped a parachuted probe named Huygens to study the atmosphere and surface of Saturn’s big moon Titan, and commenced making astonishing discoveries that continue today. Come and hear the story of recent science discoveries and the upcoming excitement during the final orbits.
The Sydney Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is hosting its 58th Annual Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Lecture and Dinner, this year celebrating the society’s 150th Anniversary and 100 years of the Boeing Company. Speaker: Mr Michael K. Sinnett, Vice President – Boeing Commercial Airplanes – Product Development Many of the AIAA UNSW executives will be attending the night, and we hope to see you there! For more information and tickets visit the link below.
At the AIAA UNSW’s Annual General Meeting, our next executive committee will be elected, and of course there will be free pizza for lunch! Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student is eligible to be a club executive! As a member of the committee, you get to help plan and manage the events that we run – not to mention the bonuses such as free tickets to paid events and backstage passes to meet the guest lecturers.
The UNSW Branch of the AIAA has organised a FREE site visit to Qantas Engineering exclusively for AIAA members! On this half-day guided tour, we will see the maintenance operation centre, the engine workshop and two hangars, one of which will have an A380 where we will get to have a walk-through! This tour is limited to 15 participants, so it is first come, best dressed.
In this presentation, Dr Olsen will argue that it ought to be possible to reduce the fuel consumption of an aircraft by hybridizing the powertrain. The strategy is to use a downsized internal combustion engine to provide the power required for cruise. Stored electrical energy is transferred to a motor/generator arranged in a parallel topology with the internal combustion engine to provide the excess power required for climb/manoeuvre.
The AIAA UNSW student branch is pleased to present the Thesis Inspiration Night. If you’re an undergraduate student looking to begin Thesis in 2017 in aerospace engineering and related industries, then this is the event for you. Various lecturers from UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, will be presenting on their areas of research as well as their offered Thesis topics, with a focus on those within the field of aerospace.
AIAA UNSW will be going on a tour of the Optus satellite telecommunications array & ground station in Belrose (Northern Beaches)!
Join us for an enjoyable evening of networking with Australia\u2019s eminent Aerospace professionals. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet future employers, look at career prospects and find out about internship opportunities.
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 joint networking night will be held at The Verandah (Martin Place) on Tuesday the 20th September from 6:30pm. Tickets start from only $20 for AIAA members and include drinks & canap\u00e9s on the night.
This is a FREE BBQ with FREE drinks! So bring along all of your friends who share your interest in aerospace!
Come and meet other like-minded enthusiasts of space and aviation, enjoy the food and drinks, and hear about our upcoming events (including our joint networking night in week 9).
Anyone can join the AIAA, you do not need to be a student studying Aerospace Engineering.
The AIAA Sydney Section is delighted to host Dr. Randi Wessen as part of the 2016 Distinguished Lecture Program. Dr. Randii Wessen has been an employee of the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1984 and is the A-Team Lead Study Architect for JPL’s Innovation Foundry. He’s in Australia for two weeks to discuss the robotic planetary missions currently in operations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and those planned for the upcoming decades.
The AIAA Sydney Section has organised a fantastic line up of speakers to describe the exploits of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA’s latest robotic exploration of the solar system. The presentations will focus particularly on the JUNO and DAWN missions that are currently exploring Jupiter and Ceres.
Launched in August of 2011, the JUNO spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, 2016.
Let’s take off into semester two with this rendezvous with AIAA UNSW! This is a FREE BBQ with FREE drinks! So bring along all of your friends who share your interest in aerospace! Come and meet other like-minded enthusiasts of space and aviation, enjoy the food and drinks, and hear about our upcoming events (which includes a lecture from a disitnguished scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory next month)!
The AIAA Sydney Section has organised a site visit to 6th Aviation Regiment of the Australian Army. 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney will be hosting a site tour of hangar facilities and engineering activities within Army Aviation. 6th Aviation Regiment provides air mobility and battlefield support to land operations of the Australian Defence Force. The Regiment currently operates Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk helicopters. Further details will be posted as they become available.
For anyone who missed out on the 15 spots from last semester, GET IN QUICK! The UNSW Branch of the AIAA has organised a FREE site visit to Qantas Engineering exclusively for AIAA members! On this half-day guided tour, we will see the maintenance operation centre, the engine workshop and two hangars, one of which will have an A380 where we will get to have a walk-through! This tour is limited to 15 participants, so get in quick.