CEAS – Council of European Aerospace Societies
In the mid 1980s Europe’s main professional aerospace societies, after having had bilateral exchanges for a long time, recognized the increasingly international nature of aerospace business and the strength of European industrial alliances by beginning to develop close working relationships.
This culminated in the formation of the Confederation of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) during the 1992 Farnborough Airshow and the official signing of the CEAS Constitution at the 1993 Paris Airshow.
Later on, in 2003, the Constituent Societies realized that a deeper collaboration was necessary which would provide CEAS with a legal status and more flexible resources. The new status transforms the former Confederation into a Council and gives CEAS legal support under the Belgian law.
Apart from the consideration of CEAS as an association of national Societies, two branches have been established: one for aeronautics and one for space chaired by relevant professionals. These branches will be composed by technical committees with individual members and will be coordinated by a director who will manage the activities.
Today CEAS comprises eleven member societies with a combined roughly 35.000 individual members:
- 3AF Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France – www.aaaf.asso.fr
- AIAE Asociación de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos de España – www.coiae.com
- AIDAA Associazione Italiana di Aeronautica e Astronautica – www.aidaa.it
- DGLR Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt – Lilienthal- Oberth e. V. – www.dglr.de
- FSAE Finnish Society of Aeronautical Engineers
- FTF Flygtekniska Föreningen. Svensk förening för flygteknik och rymdteknik. (The Swedish Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics) – www.flygtekniskaforeningen.org
- HAES Hellenic Aeronautical Engineers Society – HAES – www.haes.gr
- NVvL Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaarttechniek – www.nvvl.org
- PSAS Polish Society for Aerospace Sciences
- RAeS Royal Aeronautical Society – www.aerosociety.com
- SWFV Schweizerische Vereinigung für Flugwissenschaften. (Swiss Association of Aeronautical Sciences) – www.svfw.ch
- TSAGI Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute Russian Aerospace Society – www.tsagi.com
These societies represent the leading learned societies in the field of aeronautics and astronautics in their countries.
CEAS Guidance, Navigation and Control TC (GNC)
The scope of the CEAS Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Technical Committee is to advance the technology and provide forums for the theoretical and practical consideration of techniques, devices, and systems for navigation, guidance, and control of flight vehicles and space vehicles as well as the control of related aerospace systems. The TC promotes scientific and technical excellence in the fields of GNC in aerospace by organizing the biennial EuroGNC conference.