Seattle Royal Aeronautical Society

Welcome to the Seattle Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society

The aim of this site is to keep members informed of upcoming events in the Society, and provide information for prospective members on what the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is and why they should consider joining.

Seattle Branch

The Seattle Branch was formed in 1999 and has a steadily growing membership and a strong lecture program culminating in our annual major event, the November Black Tie Dinner Lecture, which is named in honor of Joe Sutter, the renowned "Father of the 747".

The Seattle Branch enjoys a close relationship with the world class Seattle Museum of Flight which is where our lectures and events generally take place. The Seattle Branch is administered by an elected president, secretary, treasurer and chairman, assisted by committee members.

  • 16 Feb 2016  
  • Air Space Revolution with Consequences

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, or as the public is fond of calling them “drones”, are entering our society with a speed that challenges regulatory authorities (FAA in USA), intrusiveness that threatens public sensibilities, and technology that opens possibilities for applications that were science fiction a few short months ago. The FAA concentrates on “safe integration of UAS into the NAS”. The public is wary of privacy loss. The business community sees UAS as “the next big thing”. Other airspace users see unfettered use of UAS as a threat. Peter Morton’s presentation will explore the control laws, the public laws, and the out laws; and will survey the myriad applications emerging to put UAS to work in the service, amusement, and harassment of mankind.

    Peter M. Morton’s extensive 58-year career has been predominantly in aviation, including pilot training, flight deck design, marketing, program management and executive management. As a consultant Peter has worked in the areas of aviation training, flight operations, emergent air traffic management technologies, unmanned aircraft testing and operations, and flight data monitoring. He has also designed, organized and led large-scale symposia and workshops, and been a member and leader of numerous industry advisory boards. Prior to consulting, Peter held several executive positions at the Boeing Company including Vice President Human Resources and Leadership Development, Director of Marketing, Director of Customer Training, Director 7J7 Program Management, and Chief Engineer 757 flight deck. Peter was past president of and now serves on the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). He is a Trustee of the Museum of Flight and chairs the Pathfinder Committee, and also serves as a Trustee of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Peter earned a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • 17 May 2016
  • Speaker TBD
  • 20 Sept 2016
  • Speaker TBD


  • 14 Nov 2015
  • Joe Sutter Black Tie Dinner Gala Photos - * Source - Google Drive