RAeS Statement on COVID-19

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COVID-19 has placed the aviation and aerospace industry in uncharted territories. These sectors support international trade and investment, but also connect families and loved ones across the world.

We have seen countries shut borders and passengers cancel travel alongside withholding bookings over the coming months. This will have a huge financial impact on the sector, but there will also be a knock-on effect, from employment reduction measures through to the exporting of goods.

Airlines are doing their best to fulfil their services despite the unprecedented circumstances being faced. The same can be said for the Aerospace sector which will be hit with challenges on maintaining supply-chain activity and in exporting: there are also many roles that are not amenable to working from home.

It is essential that, throughout this period, governments and regulators support the aerospace and aviation sectors, and their supply chains. Consideration should be given to stimulus and relief measures. As the Aviation sector is inherently global, it is important that these measures are actioned at both a domestic and international level.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is looking to accelerate its plans to release its new on-line learning management system. There will be parts of the aviation and aerospace workforce who will be forced to work remotely or have elements of their time freed-up. The Society aims to support the workforce in furthering their skills and knowledge, and utilising this time efficiently by capitalising on opportunities for continuing professional development.

For those who have who have unfortunately lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 cut-backs, the Society’s career advice and guidance service can be accessed online via this website or contact careers@aerosociety.com for specialist advice and 1-2-1 consultations via Skype.

In line with the Government’s latest advice to stop non-essential contact with others, the Society has rescheduled a number of its events until later in the year and will continue to comply with further advice from Government, Public Health England and World Health Organisation guidance. If you have any queries about an event you were due to attend please email: conferences@aerosociety.com

 

For further advice and guidance for members and visitors of No.4 Hamilton Place, please visit: http://aerosociety.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-members/

 

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About the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world’s only professional body and learned society dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since. The Society seeks to (i) promote the highest possible standards in aerospace disciplines; (ii) provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and (iii) play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters.

Over the coming years, the Society is focussing its activities around three overlapping themes of strategic interest:
• Climate change and sustainability
• The future of flight
• Tomorrow’s aerospace and aviation professional

For enquiries contact:
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0207 670 4362

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