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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND DINNER

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting and for a special presentation:

Life Membership of the Australian Division to AirCdre William (Bill) Belton (Retd)

The AGM will commence at 6:30pm sharp, so feel free to gather from 6:00pm.

Registration is free, however, meals and drinks are to be paid for by members on the night.

If you not staying for dinner, please register using the "AGM Only" ticket type below, otherwise register for "AGM and Dinner".

The Committee hope to see you there and hope you can join us, your participation in the AGM is an important contribution to your society.


AirCdre William (Bill) Belton (Retd) was recently awarded Life Membership of the RAeS Australian Division and we are pleased to present Bill with his award at the 2017 Melbourne Branch AGM.

Royal Aeronautical Society Councillor

Bill served as a RAeS Australian Division Councillor for around 20 years until his retirement from Council in 2007. He served a two‐year term as President of the Australian Division during 1993‐95. The many initiatives and efforts that he was pursuing at the time included development of strategies for

promotion and expansion of membership of the RAeS Australian Division, greater recognition of

Australian aerospace engineers and greatly expanded professional development opportunities

through attendance at ‘international‐standard’ conferences in Australia. He displayed a continual high level of passion, energy and overall contribution to the RAeS, for which in 1996-97 he was presented the Society Award, the Sir Robert Hardingham Sword.

Joint Board of Aerospace Engineering

Bill was a key player in the team that established the initial “Memorandum of Understanding” with

Engineers Australia in December 1993 which facilitated mutual recognition, dual membership and closer cooperation. Through these agreements, the RAeS recognised that … “Engineers Australia was the paramount institution for engineers in Australia. For its part, Engineers Australia understands that the RAeS is the paramount international multidisciplinary aerospace institution. Engineers Australia further recognises that in Australia the RAeS is carrying out member services, professional development, policy and expert advice and other important functions.” Establishment of the Joint Board and the Joint Conferences Committee are significant and continuing outcomes of the cooperation initiatives.

RAeS / EngAust Joint Conferences Committee

Bill was also a major driving force behind Australian hosting a continuing series of international‐level aerospace conferences that have been held in Australian since the mid‐90s. The most significant of these has been the biennial Australian International Aerospace Congress series.

International Conference on Aeronautical Science

Separate to the AIAC series, Bill was also a key player in attracting another major international conference, the ICAS to Australia (in Melbourne) in 1998. This was the first time that this major international biennial event had been held in the Southern Hemisphere. This has been an excellent forum to promote Australian aerospace achievements, particularly in science and technology research.

Avalon International Air Show

Bill has been an active member of the Board of Aerospace Australia Ltd and he has always been a strong advocate of professional development opportunities, especially for the younger engineers, in conjunction with the Air Show. Particularly, initiating a range of long term cooperative activities between the Australian Division RAeS and Aerospace Australia.

RMIT University

From the mid 1990s Bill lead industry and professional society contributions to maintain aerospace research as a priority of RMIT University. RMIT recognized his contributions with the award in 2008 of a Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa).

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