Membership Benefits

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Professional Recognition

Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society gives you worldwide professional recognition and the right to use post nominal designations at the appropriate grades. By achieving Society membership, your status is acknowledged throughout the entire community wtih the following benefits:

  • Worldwide professional recognition of your experience and commitment to aerospace.
  • The credibility that comes with your right to use post nominal designations.
  • Access to a route to gain UK Chartered Engineer/Australian Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) registration.

In addition, professional recognition and international acknowledgement of excellence and achievement is provided via the Society’s prestigious Medals and Awards programme. These honours are presented annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to aerospace. Membership is also a route to gaining registration as a CEng, IEng or Eng Tech.

Keeping You Informed

The Royal Aeronautical Society offers a number of high-quality information sources to assist your professional development, including:

  • The Aeronautical Journal, the leading UK scientific and technical aerospace reference, is also available for an additional charge.
  • The Australian Division and the Society’s website and social media activities enable you to keep up to date on the latest developments within the industry. Everything you need to know about the Society is online and members can access the publication archives and update their membership details.
  • The National Aerospace Library at Farnborough houses one of the world’s most extensive research libraries devoted to the development of aviation from the dawn of flight to present times.
  • The Australian Division’s National Aerospace Resource Centre at RMIT contains historical Australian aviation material.

Professional Development

The Society’s conference and lecture programmes are aimed at your professional development and attract high profile delegates and speakers. Society members have free and preferential access to lectures and concessional rates on conference fees. The Society attracts high profile delegates and speakers from a wide range of backgrounds – industry, government and academia, in both civil and military arenas – to provide a source of ideas and thought-provoking discussion. Society members have free access to all lectures.
Tangible benefits are also derived from the RAeS status as a Technical Society of Engineers Australia

Relationship with Engineers Australia

The Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division (RAeS AD) is recognised as a Technical Society of Engineers Australia (EA) and the general area of practice of Aerospace Engineering is the responsibility of a Joint Board of EA and RAeS AD. A Mutual Recognition Agreement with EA facilitates recognition of Chartered status and registration on Australia’s Professional Engineers Register. Agreements also cover accreditation of University courses, Professional Development and joint conferences.

Professional Network

The Society’s social media activities, events, Specialist Groups, Committees, Branches and Divisions provide unparalleled opportunities for you to network and exchange views internationally, nationally and locally. The Society provides numerous opportunities for networking and exchange of views with other likeminded professionals. We are proud to be a home for all aerospace and aviation professionals, regardless of their field of work – military or civil, general aviation or commercial air transport, operations or manufacturing. The membership profile is drawn from all aerospace and aviation disciplines including engineering, aircrew, aviation medicine, air traffic control, law and procurement to name but a few.
You will get the most out of your membership if you want to play an active part in the Society by attending events and participating in Branch activities. Branch committee membership is open to members as is the opportunity to serve on the Australian Division Council.

Influencing the Future of Aerospace

The Society is a global forum of opinion on the latest developments in the aerospace industry that all members are welcome to have input to. Knowledge and ideas are openly debated:

  • At the Society’s conferences and lectures.
  • In the Society’s magazines and Journal.
  • Through the website and social media channels. As a prominent, independent, authoritative body the Society has influence on issues confronting today’s aerospace community and by participating in government and industry bodies and by briefing the media, plays an important role in raising the profile of the aerospace community.

Young Members Concession

Students under 26 years of age, undertaking full time studies and intending to follow a career in aerospace, qualify for a concessional Australian Division membership rate that provides access to the full range of services.

Additional Services Available in London

The Society’s Careers Centre provides expert information and personalised support for members at all stages of their career, helping you to make informed decisions about education, training, employment and development. The Airbus Business Suite and the Members’ Bar provide internet access, comfortable surroundings and refreshments if you are visiting London.

Branch Involvement

Branches are the Society’s local presence and they are encouraged to establish relationships with aerospace organisations in the vicinity. As a result, members have unparalleled opportunities to interact with other professionals and get involved with Society activities in the area. In addition, Branch initiatives promote and focus attention on local aerospace issues.

Centennial Scholarship Fund

The Centennial Scholarship Fund was created in 2003 to reward endeavour and achievement in aerospace and aviation across the globe – from help with university tuition fees through research grants to bursaries for trainee pilots, to name but a few proposed awards. To date numerous scholarships have been awarded to Australian applicants from QUT, RMIT and UNSW.