Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established these guidelines for participation. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines.

By participating in this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. All AIAA Engage community members are also bound by the AIAA Code of Ethics and the AIAA Anti-Harassment Policy. To preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to moderate discussions when necessary, and/or suspend or terminate access to this community for anyone who violates these rules.

Questions should be directed to the AIAA Engage Community Manager via the Contact Us link on this site.

The Rules

    • Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

    • Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead promoting products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

    • Limit discussions, shared files, and content to those best suited to this medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation.

    • Use caution when discussing proprietary products, software, and technology. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws, as well as export control laws and regulations, including  the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the United States. U.S. nationals are reminded not to discuss ITAR or EAR export-restricted information with non-U.S. nationals in public or private messages.

    • Defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

    • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator. When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

    • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."

Discussion Group Etiquette

    • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

    • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.

    • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of AIAA. AIAA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. AIAA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AIAA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AIAA be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the prior explicit permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received prior explicit permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AIAA and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Community members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must ensure that materials, including technical data, that they post to this site or transmit to other community members are not export restricted by the ITAR or EAR because the community includes non-U.S. nationals.

Messages should not be posted that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either explicitly or implicitly results in price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to restrict competition. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are expressly prohibited: pricing, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market share, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

AIAA does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of AIAA we reserve the right to take all appropriate action, up to and including deletion of offending posts or the suspension or termination of membership in this community.

AIAA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site?

Our Service Providers

We may share your name and mailing address with companies that provide services on our behalf. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

External Sites
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

AIAA reserves the right to update or modify these Terms and Conditions and its privacy policy at any time. Please review the Terms and Conditions periodically.