The RAF Flying Clubs’ Association (RAFFCA) has opened applications for its 2017 Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme, which awards flight training to 30 lucky winners.
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust-sponsored scheme is open to serving RAF Regular and Reserve Junior Ranks (JRs) across the UK, who must submit their applications before 31 January 2017.
The scheme has received an £80,000 grant from Trustees, which will enable the selected 30 to each receive 15 hours of flying instruction on a light aircraft, which may count towards a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). All necessary equipment to undertake the training at selected RAF flying clubs will also be provided through the scholarship, including flying suits and study packs.
RAF Flying Clubs’ Association Project Officer Flight Lieutenant Chris Hives said, “Since its launch, we have received a tremendous response to the JRPSS. We had more than 360 applications in 2016 and received submissions for 2017 before the application process had even opened!
“This is an extremely generous grant from the Trust, which negates the need for any personal contribution – it couldn’t get any better for our JRs! Some of the lucky JRs may even get to learn to fly in the new Tecnam training aircraft, based in Scampton, which was purchased by the RAFCT last year to enhance the delivery of the scheme.
“This support means that our young personnel can gain the experience and support they need to pursue a career in aviation.”
Once candidates have successfully completed the scholarship, there is also the opportunity to apply for the JRPSS Top-Up-Scheme which provides additional funding for those selected to continue their flying training and achieve their LAPL.
RAFCT Director Amanda Butcher added, “The JRPSS presents a fantastic opportunity for aviation minded JRs to achieve a flying licence, which has so many benefits, both personally and professionally. The number of people benefitting from the scheme has increased each year and is on track to reach 100 by the centenary in 2018. We are thrilled to be able to provide this level of support to help secure the future of aviation.”
The 30 successful applicants will be announced on Monday 13 February 2017. Any applications made after the closing date will not be accepted. All training for successful candidates must be completed between 1 April and 30 September 2017.
The JRPSS was launched to improve the airmindedness of Junior Ranks by offering them flying experience and the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the technologies used in aviation. In just two years, the scheme has already benefitted 40 serving personnel.
To apply, or to find out more information, please visit jrfly.co.uk.