The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom

Representing the best in British Air Sport for over a century

• The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom (RAeC) is the national co-ordinating body for Air Sport in the United Kingdom.

• Their Patron is Her Majesty the Queen, and their President is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG

• The current Chairman is Patrick Naegeli, former Chairman of the British Gliding Association.

• Their history and origins date back to 1901, when we were founded as a Club for balloonists.

• The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers gained recognition from the Royal Aero Club in 1922

• The Club is made up of member organisations (the largest being the British Model Flying Association) and individual members. The Full Members are the national governing bodies of the major individual air sports in the UK, and they each appoint a representative to the Governing Council. Associate and Corporate Member Organisations and Individual Members provide valuable additional support. People who have made significant individual contributions to the Club are awarded the title Companion of the Royal Aero Club.

• Their principal role is to co-ordinate, promote and protect all forms of recreational and competitive air sport in the UK, and to represent UK air sport internationally.

• Directly and through their member organisations, they represent the interests of many tens of thousands of people who participate in a variety of air sports, on a wide range of committees, consultation groups, political contacts, etc.

• They are the UK representative on the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, which is the World governing body of sport flying, and which controls World and other international Championships and the registration of World Records. It also has a major role in setting technical standards and negotiating with international official bodies. In consultation with our member organisations, we appoint the UK delegates to the various FAI Commissions.

• They are the UK representative on Europe Air Sports, which is affiliated to the FAI and co-ordinates responses to legislation and regulation affecting recreational flying within the EU and more widely throughout Europe. In consultation with our member organisations, we appoint UK Technical Officers and Working Party Coordinators and Members.

• Their work is managed through the RAeC Council and the Parliamentary, International, Technical, Medals & Awards, and Finance Committees.

• Their Annual Awards Ceremony takes place in the Spring, recognising achievement and service in all forms of aviation in the previous year. The Awards are often presented by the Club President, HRH The Duke of York, subject to other official duties.

• They have been making awards since 1908 to recognise achievement in aviation.

• They have established the Royal Aero Club Trust, which is a charity to provide resources for youth involvement, education, promotion of air sport, and the conservation of historically important items related to aviation.

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