The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in 1866. It is the oldest aeronautical society in the world and with 17,000 members in over 100 countries, an international network of 70 branches and more than 3,500 young members worldwide, it is a global focal point for the entire aerospace community.

Royal Aeronautical Society  


About the Society and its local branches

The Society performs three primary roles: to support and maintain the highest standards for professionalism in all aerospace disciplines; to provide a unique source of specialist information and a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and to exert influence in the interests of aerospace in both public and industrial arenas.

Membership is drawn from a diverse range of organisations and disciplines. As well as designers, pilots and engineers, Society members include cabin crew, ground crew, air traffic controllers, manufacturing staff, educators, doctors, lawyers, planners, marketers, journalists and many, many others.  Various grades of membership cater for everyone, from the keen enthusiast to the captains of industry.

The Society’s headquarters are in London where many functions and lectures are held.  Local branches enable members beyond easy reach of the capital to enjoy many of the benefits of metropolitan members and, for many members, are the main points of personal contact with the society.  Like most of the others, the Loughborough Branch organises a programme of evening lectures during the autumn and spring and, from time to time, visits to other venues of aeronautical interest.  Non-members can join the Branch as Friends or simply come along as visitors.  All are welcome and we hope to see you at one of our lectures soon.

Welcome to our website.  Please go to the links at the top of this page to learn all about the Branch.  To visit the main Society’s website click here.  

Website now updated for

2016-17 season

Reports of last season's lectures (and all lectures since 2005/6) are available on Past Lectures page