The Aeronautical Society of India was founded in 1948. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India inaugurated it on 27th December 1948 at Bangalore. Since inception, the society has played substantial role in nurturing and motivating the aerospace scientists and engineers of India in accomplishing tasks of national importance. Over the years, the Society has grown into a major professional body in the field of aeronautics, aviation and aerospace. The Society has 16 branches at all the important centers of aviation in the country viz. Agra, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur, Pune, New Delhi, Sunabeda and Trivuvananthapuram. The Society also has Journal Division and CFD Division at Bangalore. The society more over has an overseas branch at Washington, USA.
The objective of the society is to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of Aeronautical and Aerospace Sciences / Technologies. To strive for the elevation of Aeronautical and Aerospace profession. The Society's activities include fraternization amongst professionals, promotion of aeronautical activities and policy and increased awareness of indigenous / international information events through lectures, workshops and seminars on subjects of topical interest. India is on threshold of gaining importance as a major destination for global aviation and aerospace industries but these global opportunities are concurrently intertwined with multitudinous challenges. The Annual General Meeting and the National Convention offer unified platform to the members of the society and other participants to deliberate on the challenges faced by the Indian Aerospace industry and the strategies of surmounting these challenges.
Over the years, the Chennai branch has grown into a major professional body in the field of aeronautics, aviation and aerospace in Tamilnadu region. Its membership of more than 700 is drawn from DGCA, Academic Institutions such as IIT-Madras, MIT, Private Institutions, Indian Air Force, National Airports Authority of India, Air India, Aero Industry in Private Sector.
The Chennai Branch is managed by a Council consisting of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Joint Secretary and Executive Members. The Council is elected every year at the General Body Meeting. This committees give direction and plans for the activities of the Society.