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Monday 26th March - 1845 for 1930 hrs - ‘Controlling 9/11’ – The story of the US Air Traffic Control on this tragic day, presented by Phil Holt.

It was the day that changed our world forever.  Everyone will remember what he or she was doing, when they heard of the attacks on New York & Washington D.C.

Phil Holt was an Air Traffic Controller for nearly 40 years, and was on duty on the 11th September 2001.  In this fascinating presentation, Phil will tell the story of his colleagues at the Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Cleveland Air Traffic Centres.

Phil’s experience as a controller, instructor, examiner and human factors specialist, gives an unprecedented insight into the most fraught 4 hours in the history of Air Traffic Control.

AirACES is an aviation talk society, providing its members with regular talks, given by experts in many different fields related to the world of aviation.

Monday 23rd April - 1845 for 1930 hrs - ‘The RAF Harrier in the Cold War’ presented by Group Captain (Retd) Jock Heron OBE.

This talk will address the birth of the Hawker Harrier, and its predecessors, at a time of uncertainty over the future of manned combat aircraft and the continuing efforts by those who believed in their validity.

Jock Heron will describe the development of the aircraft dispersed concepts of operation, which went on to serve the country superbly at times of need. He will touch on the conflicting views within the Ministry of Defence in 1976, over the options for enhancing the Royal Air Force offensive support front line, when the intention was to allow the Harrier Force to run down by the late 1980s. However, a combination of circumstances subsequently led to a change in policy. The ways in which common sense prevailed, and how the Service(s) gained an enhanced capability which served the country well, until its premature withdrawal in 2010, will also be outlined.

AirACES is an aviation talk society, providing its members with regular talks, given by experts in many different fields related to the world of aviation.

The talks are held at the Chichester Park Hotel, Westhampnett Road, Chichester, 6.45 for 7.30 pm. Members £3, visitors £5 and under 16s FREE. No pre-booking

For further information about AirACES, please see www.airaces.org.uk or call David Batcock on 01243 823007

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