aero club, royal
aero club, royal defined in 1939 yearaero club, royal - Aero Club, royal;
aero club, royal - British society for directing and encouraging sporting aviation. Registered in 1901. in its early years it organized balloon races from Ranelagh. When the aeroplane became a practical machine its activities were greatly extended and it became the official body responsible for the issue of aviator certificates. The first aeroplane pilot's certificate was issued by the club to J. C. T. Moore-Brabazon (Lord Brabazon of Tara) on March 8, 1910. The Hon. C. S. Rolls received his certificate in the same month. The club, by the King's permission, assumed the title of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom in 1910. It has been associated with such flying contests as the Aerial Derby Circuit of Britain, and the King's Cup Race. It played a large part in the encouragement of light plane flying clubs before the Second Great War. Its address is 119. Piccadilly, London, W.1.
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