The Aeronautical Society of South Africa was formed in 1911 by John Weston. A Branch of The Royal Aeronautical Society was established in the Union of South Africa in 1945 under the name The Royal Aeronautical Society (Southern Africa Branch), and in 1949 the Branch was granted the status of a Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society under the name ‘The Royal Aeronautical Society (Southern Africa Division)’.
In 2001 the Aeronautical Society of South Africa and the RAeS South African Division merged, and registered as a not for profit Section 21 Company. The current President of the Division is Prof Laurent Dala FRAeS. Prof Dala’s term of office began in May 2015 when he took over the helm from Rob Jonkers FRAeS who had just completed a second Presidential term of office.
The Division produces a monthly newsletter for members. Amongst other items, the November issue includes a report on their annual inter-university aerospace challenge competition and also a report on the Division’s recent Awards evening.