Director-General of Civil Aviation for the Cayman Islands, Mr. Richard Smith has been inducted into the Royal Aeronautical Society as a ‘Fellow,’ according to a press release from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Mr. Smith was inducted into the society a function held in London, United Kingdom, on 29 November, 2004. The Royal Aeronautical Society is “the one multi-disciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community,’ touts the official website of the RAeS and is the ‘world’s only professional body which caters for the entire aerospace community.’ While headquartered out of the UK the RAeS has members in almost 100 countries worldwide.
The Society is made up of a variety of professionals all involved in the aerospace industry, explains the release. The highest grade within the society is that of a ‘Fellow’ (FRAeS). Other grades are Companion (CRAeS), Member (MRAeS), Associate Member (AMRAeS), Associate (ARAeS) and Affiliate. As a Fellow, Mr. Smith can now use the designation FRAeS as a professional designation.
Mr. Smith, who has over 28 years experience in the aviation industry, has a range of experience to his credit.
‘He started with the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Department in 1976 as a trainee air traffic controller and progressed through various departments gaining valuable experience in all facets of the industry locally. He attained his commercial pilot’s license in 1988, going on to fly Boeing 737s with Cayman Airways.
‘His experience also includes formal training in Airport Operations Management; Aircraft Accident Investigation; and Airport Development Planning, prior to his appointment in 1995 as Director of Civil Aviation.
‘Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Air Safety Support International, a subsidiary of the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority charged with aviation oversight for the British Overseas Territories,’ reads the release.
‘I am extremely proud of Mr. Smith’s accomplishments and his recent induction to this distinguished society,’ remarked Minister for Aviation, the Hon. Gilbert McLean. ‘His inclusion in this society will serve to increase the awareness of the Cayman Islands in international aeronautical community and speaks to the calibre of professionals that we have involved in the local aviation industry.’
Commenting on his nomination and induction, Mr. Smith said, ‘I am honoured and privileged to be inducted to this illustrious society. The multi-faceted membership is one that we can benefit from as we grow and develop our own aviation industry here in the Cayman Islands.’