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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Code of Ethics (old - pre-Sept2013)

    AIAA Code of Ethics

    A Guideline for Professional Conduct

    The AIAA Board of Directors at its meeting on February 10, 1978, approved an "AIAA Code of Ethics" and an accompanying "Code Administration" procedure, subsequently approved by the AIAA membership in the fall of 1978. The Code of Ethics and Code Administration procedures are presented below.


    The AIAA member to uphold and advance the honor and dignity of the aerospace profession and in keeping with high standards of ethical conduct:

    I. Will be honest and impartial, and will serve with devotion his employer and the public;

    II. Will strive to increase the competence and prestige of the aerospace profession;

    III. Will use his knowledge and skill for the advancement of human welfare.


    1.1 The AIAA member will have proper regard for the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of his professional duties.

    1.2 The member will endeavor to extend public knowledge and appreciation of aerospace science and its achievements.

    1.3 The member will be dignified and modest in explaining his work and merit and will ever uphold the honor and dignity of his profession.

    1.4 The member will express an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded on adequate knowledge and honest conviction.

    1.5 The member will preface any ex parte statement, criticisms, or arguments that he may issue by clearly indicating on whose behalf they are made.


    2.1 The AIAA member will act in professional matters as a faithful agent or trustee for each employer or client.

    2.2 The member will act fairly and justly toward vendors and contractors, and will not accept from vendors or contractors any commissions or allowances which represent a conflict of interest.

    2.3 The member will inform his employer or client if he is financially interested in any vendor or contractor, or in any invention, machines, or apparatus, which is involved in a project or work of his employer or client. The member will not allow such interest to affect his decision regarding services which he may be called upon to perform.

    2.4 The member will indicate to his employer or client the adverse consequences to be expected if his judgment is overruled.

    2.5 The member will undertake only those professional assignments for which he is qualified. The member will engage or advise his employer or client to engage specialists and will cooperate with them whenever his employerís or clientís interests are served best by such an arrangement.

    2.6 The member will not disclose information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of any present or former employer or client without his consent.

    2.7 The member will not accept compensationófinancial or otherwiseófrom more than one party for the same service, or for other services pertaining to the same work, without the consent of all interested parties.

    2.8 The member will report to his employer or client any matters within his area of expertise which the member believes represent a contravention of public law, regulation, health or safety.


    3.1 The AIAA member will take care that credit for professional work is given to those to whom credit is properly due.

    3.2 The member will provide a prospective employee with complete information on working conditions and his proposed status of employment, and after employment will keep him informed of any changes in them.

    3.3 The member will uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for those engaged in professional work, including those in subordinate capacities.

    3.4 The member will endeavor to provide opportunity for the professional development and advancement of those in his employ or under his supervision.

    3.5 The member will not injure maliciously the professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another professional.

    3.6 The member will cooperate in advancing the aerospace profession by interchanging information and experience with other professionals and students, and by contributing to public communication media, to the efforts of engineering and scientific societies and schools.


    Establish a three-member Ethical Conduct Panel (ECP) reporting to the Board of Directors to:


    • Review all complaints, recommendations, criticism of, and questions concerning a code of ethics for all AIAA members and insure the privacy of all inquiries.
    • By unanimous vote recommend a course of action merited by the applicant.
    • Where appropriate, present the ECP recommendations to the AIAA Board of Directors for approval and implementation.
    • Report to each regular AIAA Board of Directorsí meeting the disposition of all cases, including decisions not to act, received by the ECP in the period preceding each meeting.


    The Ethical Conduct Panel (ECP) will consist of three AIAA members selected by the Board of Directors. A member will serve for three years. One member will be appointed each year to provide two-thirds member continuity. If a member of ECP disqualifies himself or herself the Board shall appoint a replacement.