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AeSSA members: VIP Room at CSIR ICC

AeSSA members have the opportunity to use the VIP Room at CSIR ICC for the duration of the AeSSA Annual Conference (from 25 to 26 October 2017). The VIP Room (with WIFI) is located close to the entrance of the CSIR ICC and provides a quiet and comfortable environment in which to conduct discussions or catch up on urgent business matters.

Beverages and snacks are provided.

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Please note: Registration for the AeSSA conference closes on 16 October 2017

AeSSA in association with AVI AFRIQUE 2017

Get aboard the leading Aviation Summit in Africa

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS) is proud to present the sixth annual AVI AFRIQUE Africa Aviation Innovation Summit.

Alan Nurick Rotorcraft Lecture to be delivered by Prof. Thomas Jones


The organising committee of the AeSSA Annual Conference is pleased to announce that the prestigious Alan Nurick Rotorcraft Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Thomas Jones (above), CEO of S-PLANE Automation and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. He was formerly Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University and has more than 20 years’ designing and building innovative practical solutions to control challenges on aircraft and missiles of various sizes, types and configurations.

Thomas received his BEng and MScEng degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Stellenbosch University, before starting his career as a joint appointee by Stellenbosch University and the CSIR. He then relocated to the USA to manage the Charles Stark Draper & MIT Technology Development Partnership Programme whilst completing his PhD at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

As professor at Stellenbosch University, Thomas led a team of 30 graduate students and academic staff specialising in aircraft and unmanned system automation research. He has helped to forge strong collaborative partnerships between academia and various international partners, including Airbus, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Armscor, Denel, the CSIR and the National Aerospace Centre.

In 2008 Thomas co-founded S-Plane Automation, now employing 35 engineers and specialising in the development of high-end aircraft avionics and automation sub-systems.

Thomas is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Aerospace, IFAC’s Industry Committee, and an Associate-Editor of IFAC’s Control Engineering Practice journal.

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IFAR summit at CSIR ICC to precede AeSSA Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa takes place from 25 to 26 October at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in Pretoria. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Today’s Research and Technology for Tomorrow’s Aerospace’.

Preceding and overlapping this event is the 8th Summit of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) summit from 23 – 25 October 2017, hosted by the CSIR at the same venue. The IFAR summit will be attended by leaders of the world's premiere aerospace laboratories, including NASA, JAXA, DLR, ONERA, TsAGI, CAE and the CSIR, amongst others, representing a global network of more than 30,000 researchers, to strengthen partnerships that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges in aviation.

The Summit will include an open session with the South African aerospace community during the afternoon of 24 October, with a focus on ‘Empowering Aviation in Africa’. This will be followed by a networking event

An international IFAR delegate (to be confirmed) will deliver the plenary lecture of the AeSSA Annual Conference on 25 October.

Dr Glen Snedden, President: AESSA, says, “As the AeSSA, we are delighted to have the opportunity to engage with high-level representatives of international aeronautical and aerospace organisations. I am therefore very pleased that the open session with IFAR on 24 October has been included as part of our annual conference programme, and encourage all AeSSA delegates to plan their attendance accordingly.”

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The annual AeSSA event in the second half of the year will be held on 25 and 26 October, 2017, at the CSIR International Convention Centre. The event will now be known as the Aeronautical Society of South Africa Annual Conference.

The Council decided on a naming convention that would link the name of the Society to the event; the term, conference, was chosen as the descriptor that best captures the nature of the annual gathering of specialists, students, invited speakers and other interested parties. AeSSA President Glen Snedden says, “The new name makes a lot of sense and allows us to promote the Society.” The name, International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA), will therefore no longer be in use.

To keep members and other interested parties informed of dates and developments regarding the AeSSA Annual Conference, the Society will use a range of promotional mechanisms:

The conference page hosts information about the AeSSA 2017 Annual Conference as well as functionality for registration. Please visit regularly for updates.

  • Twitter’s online news and social networking service: please follow

 Aero South Africa @AerospaceSA

Tweets will be used to disseminate information on the AeSSA 2017 Annual Conference.

AeSSA Conference 2017 attendance earns you CPD POINTS.

The Aeronautical Society of South Africa has registered the International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2016 at the Engineering Council of South Africa for CPD points.

Members are encouraged to attend to earn 1.6 CPD points. 

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