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Congratulations to Farnborough-based Aviation Director Philip Church, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in November. Philip has worked in the aviation and space sector for over 20 years, contributing across all areas of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance for air traffic management, and is an authority on airspace and drone integration. Among his many achievements Philip has led and advised on the deployment of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures across more than 11 European and MEDA States to more than 25 aerodromes and remains an advisor to the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). He is a Council Member and Treasurer of the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) and is also a director of The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) UK.

Commenting on the news Philip said: “Becoming a Fellow is a great honour and a career highlight for me. I’m looking forward to meeting RAeS Fellows from other parts of the industry, making connections and continuing my learning journey. Aviation is facing some big challenges, not just technological, but societal and structural too. I’m hoping that this award will open the door to some new and fruitful conversations that will play a part in moving the sector forwards.”

The Royal Aeronautical Society was established in 1866 and is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, and exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. The Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace, seeking to promote the highest professional standards and provide a central forum for sharing knowledge. Fellows of the Society will have made outstanding contributions in the profession of aeronautics, attained a position of high responsibility in the profession of aeronautics and had long experience of high quality in the profession of aeronautics.

Director – Aviation, Philip Church

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