Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Specialist Group’ reports 2014

Through their activites, the Specialist Groups (SGs) consider significant developments in their field, stimulate debate and facilitate action on key industry issues, reflecting the constant innovation and progress in aviation.

Many of the conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures and Corporate Partner briefings during 2014 are particularly noteworthy, with the President’s Conference bringing together an especially stimulating programme of distinguished international speakers including Charlie Bolden, NASA’s Administrator.

The Society continues to explore different ways of offering engaging SG activity to benefit both our members and industry and ensuring the Society remains a global hub for networking and sharing intellectual content. All events continue to contribute to the body of knowledge and enhance the Society’s reputation internationally. 

To highlight and disseminate the vast work that the SGs undertook during 2014, we have shared the SG Annual Reports. A full report is available here.
A sample of some of the industry leading SG activity can be seen below. Individual reports can be found on the respective Specialist Group information page.

Air Law:

The 12th Beaumont Named Lecture was delivered by the Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave, a currently serving Judge of the High Court. He providing an engaging and wide ranging presentation entitled ‘Leadership & Culture, Principles & Professionalism, Simplicity & Safety – Lessons from the Nimrod Review’ (click title for lecture audio) to a lecture hall filled to capacity.

Air Power:

The major piece of written work in 2014 was a discussion paper on “Current and Future Maritime Air Power for the UK”, which was published in July on the Society’s website. This covered every aspect of maritime air power, including carrier strike and the gap in maritime reconnaissance.

General Aviation:

The General Aviation Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society has continued to focus on encouragement and support for design engineering and manufacture of light aircraft, particularly sport light aircraft, in the UK. 

After ten years of lobbying the CAA and UK Government by the GAG it has now been agreed that an experimental category, known as 'E' Condition, will be introduced. These new rules are going to allow “proof of concept” prototype aircraft up to 2000 kg all up mass to be test flown without the need for approval from the CAA. The test programme will be under the control of one engineer, to be known as the Competent Person. One principal qualification route for this person is to be a Chartered Engineer through the Royal Aeronautical Society. A review from the 2014 Light Aircraft Design Conference can be viewed here.

A full copy of the 2014 Specialist Group Reports is available here