Our Royal Charter

The guiding principles of the Royal Aeronautical Society are embodied in this extract from the Society’s Royal Charter: “The objects and purposes are the general advancement of aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering and for promoting that species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of Aeronautics (which expression includes Astronautics)”.


As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world.

Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since, seeking to:

• Promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines
• Provide specialist information & act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas
• Play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters

The Society is governed by its Royal Charter, By-Laws and Regulations. The Documents can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

To ensure the Society’s structure supports its Objects the members supported amendments to the By-Laws proposed by the Board of Trustees at the Annual and Special General Meetings held on 12 May 2016. The amendments strengthened the work undertaken in 2012 a new governance structured was introduced and agreed by the membership on 25 June 2012. The resulted in the form of an amended Royal Charter and new By-Laws which were approved by the Privy Council on 17 October 2012.

Her Majesty the Queen is the Society’s Patron. Find out more about Her Majesty the Queen.


Her Majesty the Queens honours a member of our Armed Forces, many of whom are RAeS members


Tim Peake HonFRAeS wishes Her Majesty a happy birthday from the International Space Station