The Royal Aeronautical Society is well known and respected throughout the world's aerospace community and membership implies a commitment and involvement in aerospace. In addition to the potential for developing personal networks, industry contacts and associations, membership provides opportunities for professional recognition and professional development, as well as access to specialized publications.

There are seven grades of membership to reflect the differing levels of involvement and achievement. These grades cater to a wide range of individuals, from interested amateurs to those at the very top of their careers in aerospace.

Affiliate Grade
Enjoy the benefits of membership, including a complimentary magazine subscription to AEROSPACE. Affiliate membership is for those with an interest in aerospace and/or aviation but do not work within these sectors.

Student Grade
Free student membership. To qualify for the free Student Affiliate membership, you should be in full-time study and intending to follow a career in aerospace.

Associate Grade (ARAeS)
The Associate grade is appropriate for graduates or professionals with some experience within the industry.

Associate Member Grade (AMRAeS)
An Associate Member will usually have an honours degree plus 2 years experience or for those who do not have an honours degree, 12 years of experience in industry.

Member Grade (MRAeS)
A grade for experienced Aeronautical or Aerospace professionals.

Companion Grade (CRAeS)
Companionship is granted to those who are of valuable service to the profession of aeronautics, engaged in related professions with equivalent qualifications and experience as Fellows but who do not qualify for that grade.

Fellow Grade (FRAeS)
Fellowship is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace.

Engineering Council Registration

The Society's membership grades are a route to UK Engineering Council registration. As such, applications are welcomed from Engineers at any level of their careers. The Society is nominated to consider applications for all three registers:
  Chartered Engineer
  Incorporated Engineer
  Engineering Technician.
UK Engineering Council registration is similar to the Engineers registration system in NZ which is administered by the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ) and the Engineering Associates Registration Board.

The Society accredits a wide range of academic courses that can assist in gaining membership.

Applications for membership of the Society are invited from persons professionally engaged in the aviation industry and from persons who are interested in aviation but not working in the industry.

More detailed information may be found in the Membership Handbook or on the website

To apply for membership download either application form below:

MS Word   (application form)

PDF    (application form)

To help with the process we encourage applicants to contact us prior to completing the application form.

Complete the application electronically by MS Word, or by hand. Print and sign the application and send by email to the Membership Officer ( )

Or by post to:

Royal Aeronautical Society NZ Division
Attn: Membership Officer
PO Box 435
Waikanae 5250
New Zealand

Membership Charges:
Once a new membership application has been approved and grade confirmed for that candidate, and for existing member grades, the annual charge for membership for the 2018 year is as follows:


Fellow $310.00

Member $255.00

Associate Member         $195.00

Affiliate $125.00

Retired $195.00

Student Free

The Society does not require any application forms for Branch membership in New Zealand. Anyone interested should contact their local branch directly (see "Branches" in the navigation). The Branches handle their own membership at moderate cost for anyone interested in monthly aviation lectures and events.

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For more information, or if you have an enquiry about membership.


Page updated:  15 July 2018  PB

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