The Air League launches 2017 scholarships for aspiring aviators

The Air League has opened applications for its 2017 flying scholarships, which give lucky winners the chance to win hours towards a PPL, or additional flying qualifications.

Over the past decade, scholarships worth more than £2 million have been allocated to young people across the UK. The Air League looks for individuals that have a flair and passion for aviation, and determination to succeed. In 2017, the Air League Trust is offering the following opportunities in aviation and aerospace to young men and women who are permanent residents in the UK. The competition for flying scholarships opened on 5 November, with representatives from the Air League on hand at Pilot Careers Live London to explain more about the application process and the type of flying on offer. Applications for all other competitions open on 1 December 2016.

Flying scholarships offer the chance to learn to fly through the award of 12 flying hours in light aircraft, to be put towards the achievement of a Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) or completion of a PPL(A). The majority of scholarships will be on a residential basis at selected UK flying schools. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 26 on 1 April 2017. The closing date for applicants is Friday 29 January 2017.

Flying bursaries provide 3-5 hours of advanced flight training in single-engine piston aeroplanes to assist licensed pilots to gain additional flying qualifications or renew a rating. There are no age limits. The closing date is Friday 19 February 2017.

There are also engineering scholarships, which provide placements in the UK industry for one or two weeks for young people considering careers as aerospace engineers, and gliding scholarships, which offer solo glider pilot awards of up to £300 to gain flying experience and new qualifications.

More details and application forms can be found at

Previous scholarship winner, Dipeet Mehta, explains why he thinks the scholarships are worth a shot. “After submitting my application and having successfully passing the stages, I was offered a 12 hour Flying Scholarship towards my PPL. It was the first step climbing the ladder into the Flight Deck. Learning to fly is one of the best experience I have ever had! I went for my first solo in just over nine hours, and I was pleased to have such a prestigious scholarship to start with. I later on went to complete my PPL, followed by ATPL exams from CAE Oxford and CPL ME IR from CTC Aviation Training. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Flying Bursary also which helped me complete my Night Rating. After completing the flight training, I joined Spanish airline, Volotea, where I currently fly Boeing 717-200 aircraft across Europe.

“The Air League experience has given me fundamental learning towards my daily job, having chance to not only win the scholarship but visit RAF Stations, civilian airports and see whats happening behind the scenes. This was a big learning experience to see all the work it takes to make an aircraft fly.”

So It’s Scholarship Time….