The Association - General info

Dear Friends,

In the world and legends of the Greek Mythology, it was Daedalus and Icarus who built and put on wings made of wax and feathers to fly over the Aegean, believing it was the only and necessary means of transport to escape from the Minoan palace and regain their freedom. The method they used, even though quite primitive in relation to the modern means available, was a scientific discovery through which it was proven that no authority, however strong and dominating it might be, can prevent the progress of scientific and technological knowledge.

In the fast developing modern world, characterized by important technological discoveries and new techniques, the modern telecommunication systems facilitate the swift diffusion of ideas and messages in small and large distances. Air mail, facsimiles, telegrams, telexes, e-mails, Internet etc have been the very means that have contributed to the demise of the international boundaries of communication and to the development of the international commercial, political and cultural relations between countries and people.
Air transport is today at the forefront of modern technology and constitute an important part of the international system of communication. The speed of air transport has been its major and most important advantage in relation to all the competitive means of transport such as rail, car and ship, with its excellence becoming more and more dominating as far as the time of travel is concerned. Air transport has been especially significant and effective in linking the various points of world where there is no land or sea transport whatsoever available because of geographic or other obstacles.

On December 17th 2003, we celebrated the centennial of the Wright BrothersÂ’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in South Carolina of USA (1903). Five years later, in 1908, they completed one hour of flight without facing any problems. During these one hundred years there have been constant efforts to conquer the heavens with this new revolutionary means that was to be called airplane; all these efforts culminated with the construction and use of supersonic aircraft. The humanity has been fortunate enough during this period to experience and enjoy the magic of air travel enabling them cross in minimal time the international skies. To achieve this high aim, the scientists of aircraft engineering, since the time of the Wright brothers until today, move step by step towards the new scientific and technological improvements of the means of air transport, which have indeed stupefied modern man. The dissemination of the use of this means of transport has been astonishingly fast particularly during the last fifty years, reaching its peak with the record-breaking number of two billion passengers per year. This aim has been largely achieved thanks to the efforts of the scientists of aircraft engineering and of international organizations, companies and people who labour for the prosperity and progress of the field.

The contribution of the science of aircraft building was and remains catalytic in the area of air transport, especially during the second half of the 20th century. In parallel with the scientific developments, this fast infiltration of the mode (aircraft) in the area of international and domestic air transport has inevitably led to the need for the commercial exploitation of the field of air transport, whether on behalf of the States which have set up and operated national airlines whether by private individuals and corporations, which assumed and engaged in aviation activities. Since the beginning of the 20th century, countries all over the world have followed closely these developments and realized that there is a need to establish international rules of operation for this industry and have convened International Conferences with this purpose. These conferences have resulted in the drafting and signing of a series of international Aviation Conventions. All these efforts reached their peak with the Chicago Conference of 1944 where the Chicago Convention was signed. This Convention, the “Gospel” of air transport on an international level, is still in force and governs international aviation. It is this Convention that provided for the establishment and operation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). From the private operators side, all airlines that were operating and exploiting both international and domestic flights founded the International Association of Air Transport (IATA) aiming at establishing a forum of cooperation among airlines to raise the quality of air transport and to adapt their organization in accordance to the international socioeconomic conditions.

On a scientific level, during the second half of the 20th century, several university departments as well as independent schools have been established, where the science of air transport is taught on a technical, economic and legal level and scientific research in the field is being promoted. At the same time, in parallel with the activities of these intellectual institutions, a series of Unions, Associations and Societies have burgeoned whose members are professionally and actively involved in air transport and who are promoting on a daily basis the technical and economic level of the field by cooperating with the aviation private and state institutions. In our country however, apart from the trade union and personnel associations created by the people employed by and working for air transport, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Hellenic Air Force Staff etc no scientific institution, whether a University School or a University Department, has been established to engage systematically in the study of air transport as a scientific discipline as it is done in many other countries.

Desiring to fill this great gap in the country of Deadalus and Icarus, a group of friends and associates, who have been working for aviation and are passionate about airplanes, have decided to establish the Hellenic Aviation Society as a purely scientific non-profit institution which does not have any unionist aims but whose aims are, as it is provided for in its articles of association, to contribute to the progress and development of air transport, to promote and present to the public the work of aviation and its contribution to the economic, political, cultural and social development of the country, to provide survey, research and consultative work and assistance to private and public institutions engaged in the various aspects of aviation, to cooperate with University and Higher Education institutions and similar establishments and to create and keep an Historical Archive and a Library on both the Hellenic and the international aviation.

The means to achieve these aims are the organisation of events such as conferences, seminars etc, the elaboration of studies, the consultation offered to airlines and civil aviation institutions, the cooperation with educational institutions in Greece and abroad, with airlines, aerospace industry companies and airports, to proceed to publications in newspapers and magazines etc, the cooperation with similar unions and societies abroad including exchange programs, the organisation of visits and research missions in various countries aiming at promoting the know-how and the scientific formation of the members of the Society on issues relative to aviation and to keep archives on the society activities. In general, our Society will promote and inform the public about the various activities of the Society. It will also be able to participate in international institutions and organisations with similar subject matters and activities.

In view of all those mentioned above, if you love the airplane and the science of aviation, we would like to invite you to approach us, to become our friends and to join us in the Society and to help us with your knowledge and skills to achieve the aims of our Society so as to, first of all, cover the scientific void existing today and then to assist the young enthusiasts of Aviation to learn more about this passionate field.

With friendly greetings,

The President

Emmanuel Keramianakis