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Solent Branch News - April 2014 - "The Real RIN"
08/04/2014

In a recent President's Blog it was pleasing to note his reminder that most members encounter RIN through its branches and not ...more


Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane
28/03/2014

A remarkable documentary programme on a passenger having to land a C-172 at night can be seen on Channel 4.


New Navigator Seminar 2014
26/06/2014

Looking for Navigators, Engineers, Scientists and Surveyors.


Apollo Space Flight Programme
17/04/2014

John Wright will describe the impressive Apollo programme.


RAF Wyton – Nimrod Era
15/05/2014

Alan Palmer will describe life at RAF Wyton during the time that Nimrods were operated from the base.

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.