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GPS technology for the master criminal
19/02/2015

How criminals are using GPS to their advantage


The North West Passage in a Small GRP Boat
20/11/2014

A Joint meeting of the RIN Small Craft Group and the Thames Royal yacht Club.


Complexity – Is the SMS still Manageable?
01/09/2014

The Safety Management System (SMS) has saved lives and prevented pollution. But is is still effective?


Visit the Shuttleworth Collection
23/09/2014

An opportunity to see aircraft and equipment used in WW1 and to hear talks on flying and navigating the aircraft.


Visit Bletchley Park
08/10/2014

Much has happened at Bletchley Park since our last visit in 2011 - come and see what . .

Our History: Building and Growing

Throughout the 1970s, the working parties began to publish reports on navigation and safety issues. They covered topics from the importance of traffic separation and collision prevention in the maritime environment to fuel reserves in aircraft. As the Institute's focus broadened, it began to organise conferences to discuss these issues, on both a national and an international level.

But navigation itself had not stood still. First the development of Loran, and then in 1978, the launch of the first GPS satellite, threatened to overwhelm the very idea of needing a Royal Institute of Navigation, as position-finding became a relatively automatic - and automated - function. However, the broad church of the RIN ensured it not only survived, but found a way to thrive in the new era of satellite navigation.

In 1984, a 'Way Ahead Group' appointed by the RIN Council recommended several crucial additions to its profile, including the creation of Special Interest Groups and the launch of a populist newsletter. This later became Navigation News. It was also during the early 1980s that the Institute broadened its focus again to include animal navigation in its remit, and moved to proactively recruit younger members.

These moves, allied to a determination to embrace global satellite navigation systems and information technology as important elements in modern navigation, helped the RIN evolve into a 21st century organisation, with a broad range of support and interests. Between 1984-1994, the Institute ran a series of larger European conferences and added more and more Special Interest Groups to its portfolio, including the Land Navigation and Location Group and the Navigation on Foot Group, to reflect the growth in popularity of navigation hobbies such as geocaching, hillwalking and orienteering.

The creation of a range of competitions helped the Institute attract younger members and, more recently, we have added significant numbers of university students to the membership.