The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments ever since. As a multidisciplinary organisation, there is a place within the membership for anyone working, or interested, in the aeronautical, aviation and aerospace sectors.
The Society’s membership profile is drawn from a diverse range of organisations and fields of expertise including engineering, design, aircrew and air traffic control, along with professions that serve the aerospace, aviation and space industries, such as law, finance, marketing and recruitment. If you are passionate about this diverse industry, then we have a membership grade for you!
The RAeS assists with professional development and recognition, provides specialist information on a broad spectrum of technical topics, acting as a central forum for the exchange of ideas and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. With 19,000 members across the world, joining and engaging with the RAeS is an excellent way to demonstrate your professional expertise and build global and local business networks.
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The RAeS Flight Simulation Group (FSG) (www.raes-
The FSG Committee normally meets four times per year and has 18 full members and a number of co-
In the 1990s, an IWG led by the FSG produced criteria for qualifying civil Flight Simulators with the aim of standardising such criteria across the world. Their final report was presented to ICAO and published as ICAO document 9625, the Manual of Criteria for Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs).
Then in 2006 the FSG was asked to refine ICAO 9625 with a view to reducing the number of different categories of training devices then in use under different Regulatory Authorities. The result in Revision 3 of ICAO 9625 was a reduction from 26 to seven international categories, to take effect in about 2014. At the same time another FSG-
In 2009 an FSG conference on air safety and simulation led to a request that the FSG lead another IWG. This resulted in the formation of the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE). One object was to improve training in the light of “upset” and Loss-
Summary. The RAeS is not just a UK Institution, it is international and operates in 15 countries as well as the UK. It includes 23 specialist groups covering disciplines related to aerospace. The Flight Simulation Group of the Society (FSG) is particularly active and not only runs two conferences per year but also chairs a number of International Working Groups concerned with air safety, training and simulation matters. One result of these Working Groups has been that their reports have been published in the form of ICAO documents for the benefit of the world civil aviation training and simulation community.