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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-fsg.org.uk) was founded in 1970 and its inaugural conference on simulation in that year had 11 papers.  It now runs two Flight Simulation conferences each year at the Society’s HQ in Central London, normally in May/June on a general subject and in November on a more specialised theme.  Another conference on Civil Flight Crew Training (FCT) is run every September by the main Society with FSG support, and has attracted speakers such as the Chief Executive of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Head of the Navigation Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and so forth.   

The FSG Committee normally meets four times per year and has 18 full members and a number of co-opted members.  As well as people from the UK, members come from Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.  The FSG, as a member of an Academic institution with international connections, has been asked to co-ordinate and chair various International Working Groups (IWG) on civil simulation and training.  It is important to emphasise that the FSG role is one of co-ordination, working members include organisations such as aircraft manufacturers Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, regulators such as EASA, FAA, Transport Canada, simulator manufacturers such as CAE, FSI, Link, Thales, research bodies, ICAO, and so forth.

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-led IWG worked on criteria for rotary wing aircraft and a Rotary Wing variant of ICAO 9625 is scheduled to be published in 2013.

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-Of-Control In flight (LOC-I) accidents such as Colgan Air 3407 at Buffalo, New York State, and Air France AF447 over the Atlantic.  Since ICAO and Regulatory Authorities are members of ICATEE, its interim recommendations are already being implemented and an UPset Recovery and Training (UPRT) programme is being recommended.  The ETSA News Editor, as an FSG member and ex FSG Chairman, is a member of ICATEE.  In late 2012 and early 2103, ICATEE is finalising a document that is intended to become the ICAO Manual of Upset Prevention and Recovery, to be published by ICAO later in 2013.


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.


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