Royal Aeronautical Society

Founded in 1866 The Royal Aeronautical Society, also known as the RAeS, is a multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the entire global aerospace community.

The objectives of The Royal Aeronautical Society include; to support and maintain the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; to provide a unique source of specialist information and a local forum for the exchange of ideas; and to exert influence in the interests of aerospace in both the public and industrial arenas.

Throughout the world's aerospace community the name of The Royal Aeronautical Society is widely known and respected. Many practitioners from all disciplines within the aerospace industry use the Society's designatory post-nominals such as FRAeS, CRAeS, MRAeS, AMRAeS, and ARAeS (incorporating the former graduate grade, GradRAeS).

The Staff of the Royal Aeronautical Society are based at the Society's headquarters at No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ. Although centred in the United Kingdom, the Royal Aeronautical Society is a worldwide Society with an international network of 63 Branches.

Branches and divisions

Branches: are a regional embodiment of the Society. They represent a vital mechanism for the delivery of membership benefits and provide a global platform for the dissemination of aerospace information.Divisions: of the Society have been formed in countries and regions that can sustain a number of Branches. Divisions operate with a large degree of autonomy, being responsible for their own Branch network, membership recruitment, subscription levels, conference and lecture programmes.

Technical department

In 1940 the RAeS responded to a critical need to expand the aircraft industry. It knew this expansion would require engineers from other industries who might lack the specialised knowledge required for aircraft design. To meet this challenge, the Society established a Technical Department to bring together the best available knowledge and present it in an authoritative and accessible form – a working tool for engineers. This Technical department became known as the Engineering Sciences Data Unit (ESDU) and eventually became a separate entity in the 1980s.


  • The Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society: (1923-1967)
  • Aerospace International: (1997- )
  • The Aerospace Professional
  • The Aeronautical Journal:

See also

In 1987 the Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Technologists, previously the Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers, was incorporated into the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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