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There are many scholarships and bursaries out there which can give recipients the opportunity to build their flying experience and kick start a pilot career. Here’s a comprehensive list which is edited regularly – use the links below to jump to what you’re looking for:

Flying scholarships and bursaries up to PPL

Cherry Charters was the 2016 winner of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL course scholarship, offered through the Air League
Cherry Charters was the 2016 winner of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL course scholarship, offered through the Air League

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The Air League – Flying scholarships and bursaries

What: 12 hours of Powered Flight training towards the award of an NPPL (scholarship) or 3-5 hours of advanced flying training to PPL holders (bursaries)

Link: www.airleague.co.uk/scholarships/flying-scholarships/


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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

What: Up to seven PPL (fixed-wing) scholarships are offered by HCAP: the Air BP Sterling Scholarship; the Grayburn Scholarship; the Cadogan Scholarship; the Foyle Scholarship; the TAG Flying Scholarship; the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund scholarship and the Master’s Scholarship

Link:www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/


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What: Bursaries include The President’s Award (two bursaries each worth up to £750), a further bursary worth up to £1,000 (The Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship), the Breitling Bursary also worth up to £750, the MacRobert Trust Bursaries (two bursaries each worth up to £500, and the Bramson Bursary also worth up to £500 as well as a number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates.

Link:www.royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries


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The Light Aircraft Association – Armstrong/Isaacs Foundation

What: This provides a flying scholarship towards the National private Pilot’s Licence on a regular basis to a young member of the LAA. If you are aged 22 or under and want to apply, follow the link below.

Link:www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/Education/education.html


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BWPA Flying Start and Flying High scholarships

What: Flying Start is £1,000 for new and very inexperienced pilots to gain their first qualifications, while Flying High is £1,000 for more experienced pilots with at least a first qualification who wish, for example, to gain further qualifications or take part in significant competitions, or to undertake other suitable activities to help them further their personal flying aims

Link: bwpa.co.uk/


Nick Davidson Memorial Scholarship

What: Funded by the family of Captain Nick Davidson, to enable a young person between the ages of 18 and 25 to learn to fly and qualify to the standard of a full Private Pilots Licence (PPL) at Biggin Hill Airport. In memory of late Captain Nick Davidson of British Airways who died from cancer in 2012.

Link: www.bigginhillairport.com/


 

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What: Winning candidates are rewarded with a course of 35 hours flight training in a light aircraft, and the course covers all or part of the tuition needed to obtain a National Private Pilot Licence (NPPL). Five runners-up receive 12 hours training each. For the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets (GVCAC), Air Scouts and Air Explorer Scouts.

Link: www.rafa.org.uk/what-we-do/air-cadets/flying-scholarships/

Commercial training scholarships

The Guild of Air Pilots offers two Jet Orientation Course scholarships, specifically designed to prepare the newly qualified ATPL holder for employment with an airline
The Guild of Air Pilots offers two Jet Orientation Course scholarships, specifically designed to prepare the newly qualified ATPL holder for employment with an airline

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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

What: Up to three Flight Instructor (Restricted) [FI(R)] scholarships are offered by HCAP: the Swire Scholarship; the Air Safety Trust scholarship; and the Norman Motley Scholarship + two Jet Orientation Course scholarships, sponsored by EPST, The CATS ATPL Ground School Scholarship

Link:www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/ 


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BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Scholarship

What: For applicants with at least a PPL (A) or (H), and comprises the ground school element of a CPL or ATPL (A or H), donated by CATS Aviation Training, Luton, and worth almost £1,500.

Link: bwpa.co.uk


James Beagley Memorial Scholarship

What: Financial support for young pilots pursuing a Commercial Pilots Licence. The James Beagley Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up in the memory of James Beagley, who was 34 when he was killed in a mid-air collision on August 17th 2008 near Coventry Airport.

Link:jbscholarship.org/


Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 16.13.53Helicentre Aviation scholarships

What: Substantial financial assistance with professional helicopter training as well as employment opportunities

Link: www.helicopterscholarships.com

 

Helicopter scholarships

Phoenix Helicopters has donated a five hour, Introductory Helicopter Flying Scholarship to The Air League.
Phoenix Helicopters has donated a five hour, Introductory Helicopter Flying Scholarship to The Air League.

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The Air League – Phoenix Helicopter Scholarship

What: 5 hour, introductory Helicopter Flying Scholarship

Link: www.airleague.co.uk/scholarships/heli-scholarship/

Gliding scholarships

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The Air League offers a variety of gliding opportunities for young people

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What: An intensive gliding course of up to eight days at one of three locations – Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset; Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall; and Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire.

Link: www.fleetairarmoa.org/faaoa-gliding-aviation-scholarships


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The Air League – Gliding to Solo scheme

What: 1 or 2 week course at an affiliated gliding club

Link:www.airleague.co.uk/scholarships/gliding-to-solo/


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 The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

What: 5 gliding scholarships provided by Virgin Atlantic, the Eric Winkle Brown Scholarships generously provided by Marshalls of Cambridge and theYoung Air Pilots, other gliding scholarship benefactors include Liveryman Paul Nicholas, the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund, and the Air Pilots Flying Club

Link:www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/ 

Other Aviation scholarships

The Cotswold Aviation Scholarship winners had the chance to learn more about an aviation career
The Cotswold Aviation Scholarship winners had the chance to learn more about an aviation career

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What: Scholarship weeks based at Biggin Hill, Gloucestershire and Oxford airports for groups of ten young people aged 14-18

Link:fly2help.org/


Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 15.10.34The Geoffrey de Havilland Educational Trust

What: This trust offers the Fiona McKay Flying Bursary, which funds 10 hours conversion and consolidation on a Tiger Moth

Link: www.dehavillandeducationaltrust.co.uk/bursaries/

Flying scholarships for pilots with a disability

Aerobility is a charity which offers disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.
Aerobility is a charity which offers disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.

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What: Aerobility is a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.

Link: www.aerobility.com/about-us/about.php


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The Air League – Scholarships for disabled veterans

What: The Air League and Boeing, in collaboration with Help for Heroes and Aerobility, offer numerous flying scholarships for disabled veterans/service personnel. They are open to men and women residents in the UK. Publicity and selection is coordinated by Help for Heroes.

Link: www.airleague.co.uk/scholarships/scholarships-for-disabled-veterans/


Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 14.54.28Flying scholarships for disabled people

What: Three or four-weeks duration and will include 20 or 25 hours flying tuition with associated ground school in either a PA-28 or a Microlight

Link: www.fsfdp.org.uk/