The Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Technologists (SLAET) merged with the Society on 29 June 1987. This released some office space at Grey Tiles, its Kingston-upon-Thames headquarters, which was taken up in January 1988 by the Membership and Publications Departments, together with The Air League which had been renting an office at Hamilton Place since 1973. These staff returned to London in 1990 and Grey Tiles was sold (31 October 1991). The Air League subsequently moved out to Broadway House, Tothill Street, in March 1997 to make space for the Society’s new Careers Centre.


The Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) was originally founded as the Confederation of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) by the Royal Aeronautical Society, together with that from France (AAAF), Germany (DGLR) and Italy (AIDAA) at the Farnborough Air Show in 1992, following a long period of co-operation organising European aerospace technical conferences.

The Confederation has been further expanded on two occasions; firstly, in 1994 with the Spanish (AIAE) and Dutch (NVvL) Societies joining and secondly, in 1996, with the Swedish (FTF) and Swiss SVFW Societies.

In 2003 the eight constituent Societies decided to strengthen their co-operation by providing CEAS with a legal status and more flexible resources. The Confederation CEAS was transformed into the Council of European Aerospace Societies CEAS under Belgian law.

In later years the societies of Greece, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania joined CEAS. At present CEAS consists of 13 National Member Societies which, in total, represent over 34,000 individuals. Apart from the member Societies, CEAS has a number of Corporate Members (ESA, EASA, VKI and Euroavia).

CEAS has co-operation MoUs with the International Council for the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace (AAE), Chinese Society of Aeronautics (CSA), Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS), Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA) and European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN).

Since 2007 CEAS has successfully organised biennial aerospace conferences (2007 Berlin, 2009 Manchester, 2011 Venice, 2013 Linköping and 2015 Delft).

CEAS publishes a quarterly CEAS Bulletin and, since 2011, also a refereed and Scopus-indexed CEAS Space Journal and CEAS Aeronautical Journal.

CEAS organises its activities through a yearly CEAS General Assembly and a Board of Trustees. The CEAS Board of Trustees consists of representatives of all the CEAS Member Societies and the CEAS Officers. The yearly elected CEAS Officers are: President, General Director, VP Awards and Membership, VP Finance, VP External Relations & Publication, Branch Chief Aeronautics and Branch Chief Space. The CEAS Board of Trustees meets four times each year. It is responsible for the programme of conferences, as well as for the other co-ordinating activities.

Since 1998 the Confederation has presented annually a CEAS Gold Award to mark ‘Outstanding Achievements to European Aerospace’ – UK winners have been Sir Ralph Robins, Richard Case, David Southwood and Gordon McConnell.

Furthermore, CEAS annually presents a CEAS Technical Award in order to recognise outstanding contributions, by individuals or teams, to the advancement of aerospace technology in Europe.

Finally, CEAS can present its CEAS Distinguished Service Award to recognise persons who have made outstanding contributions or provided an exceptional service that helped to advance the vision and goals of CEAS.

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Following the success of the Society’s annual Ballantyne schools event, which runs to this day, the Society launched a dedicated careers service on 1 July 1997. Free 1-2-1 advice and guidance appointments are at the heart of the careers support and, given the persistent concerns raised over the lack of availability of quality careers advice, is an important function which sets the Society apart from other professional engineering institutions.

The RAeS launched the Centennial Scholarship Fund as part of the 100 years of powered flight celebrations in 2003, with generous support from RAeS members – corporate and individual. Awards are made to support individuals’ academic studies in aerospace/aviation, along with team awards for external aviation youth programmes. To date, over 400 awards with a value of over £650k have been made.

The Society’s recruitment fair, Careers in Aerospace LIVE, was launched in 2006 and has become one of the biggest events in its calendar. Taking place annually in November as the autumn recruitment cycle opens, around 700-800 visitors seeking careers in aerospace and aviation descend on RAeS HQ to meet like-minded employers and training organisations.

There were growing concerns around the low take-up of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)-related subjects among school pupils. With 2007 marking the Careers team’s tenth anniversary, it was decided to celebrate with an event for children born in the same year. ‘Cool Aeronautics’ events were born, the first took place at the Society’s HQ, welcoming 90 pupils from London primary schools with talks from aerospace engineers, airline pilots, space engineers and interactive workshops. Today, the events are a key focus of the 2016 celebrations, with our biggest programme yet, reaching over 1,100 pupils in the first half of 2016, sponsored by the Airbus Group, introducing primary schools to the local aerospace community.


The Ernesford Grange Community Academy team (teacher Peter Kobrin and one of his pupils) putting the finishing touches to G-EGCA before its first engine run, Coventry airport in August 2016.

The work with schools continued with the launch in 2009 by the Society and Boeing UK of the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge (SBAP), one of the UK’s most ambitious school STEM programmes yet. Two secondary schools, Yateley School, Hampshire, and Marling School, Stroud, received their RANS SE6 Coyote light aircraft kits to build to LAA Permit to Fly standards, later followed by four more schools: Ercall Wood Technology College, Telford; Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol; Ernesford Grange Community School, Coventry; and North West Wolverhampton Academy.

The programme aims to demonstrate the high engineering standards teachers and pupils could achieve within a school environment. With all pupils offered the chance to fly in their aircraft after its Permit is issued, airworthiness and human factors understanding also become essential and in this respect the programme also demonstrates how aviation can develop young people’s emotional intelligence, maturity, confidence and raise aspirations.

In 2014, now completed, Yately’s aircraft, G-YTLY, and Marling School’s aircraft, G-SBAP, became the first school-build aircraft to fly at Farnborough International.

2009 also saw the Society’s own in-house careers magazine launched, Career Flightpath, which is now published biennially and is in its fourth edition, featuring interviews with key professionals in aerospace and aviation, industry profiles, careers and job search advice.

Further projects include a Careers in Aerospace website launched in partnership with ADS in 2010 offering specialist careers information, advice and guidance and 2016 sees a project to redesign and relaunch the website with fresh content, mobile-device responsiveness and improved directory. In 2012 the RAeS began working with family radio station Fun Kids radio, producing two radio series for 8-12 year-olds. Based around a new character, Amy Aviation, 25 episodes are now available with Amy taking listeners on a journey through flight and aerospace engineering. Each episode is also animated with videos available to view for free via YouTube. The audio series has reached over 200,000 radio listeners and the online videos have been viewed over 20,000 times.

2016 – JOIN US

This work, and more, is dependent on a network of volunteers and industry supporters. To get involved please contact:
Rosalind Azouzi, Head of Skills and Careers
T +44 (0)20 7670 4325/6 E

11 October 2016