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
transformed in 2006 the former Confederation into a Council and gave 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
sixteen member organizations with a combined roughly 35.000 individual members: