Initially concerned more with ballooning, as opposed to heavier-than-air flight, the Aero Club was founded in 1901. By the time that the club was granted its Royal prefix on 15 February 1910, it had developed into more of a regulatory role. Indeed, from that year the Royal Aero Club (RAeC) was responsible for issuing Aviator’s Certificates, these being internationally recognised under the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, of which the Club was the UK representative.

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