The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Academic Bursaries

Academic Bursaries

The Air Pilots award several bursaries each year at City University to students already enrolled on one of the three MSc courses as detailed in the following article.

In the 1990s, the Company's Education and Training Committee, and other members of the Company led by Captain John Mason, set about addressing the concerns held about the qualifications needed by professionals to improve their contribution to the management of airlines.  Particularly, they identified a needs in areas such as Air Safety Management and Air Transport Management.

As a result of their initiative, the City University, in conjunction with the Company, set up within the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Faculty, a Master of Science Degree in Air Transport Management, later followed a degree in Air Safety Management, and then in 2008, a degree in Air Maintenance Management.

The objective is to maintain an acceptable level of safety within the greater commercial competition and increase in passengers which now exists.  All three programmes provide candidates with a body of knowledge and personal research which will enhance the commercial progess and safety management of air transport.

The typical student on these courses will have a number of years of experience in their particular field of aeronautical expertise.  The courses have been tremendously successful both with students worldwide as well as from the UK.  Graduates have moved to position of responsibilility in air safety and air transport management with aviation authorities, within the military, in national and other airlines throughout the world.

All this has been achieved by the hard work of a relatively small faculty of permenant staff based within the City University notably Professor Roger Wootton and Dr Steve Bond.  The course benfits from the expert input of visiting lecturers, a fair number of which are members of the Company.

Since their inception, the courses have been endorsed and supported by the Company.  Originally, the Company provided a single bursary of £2,500 to assist a student who had no other means of support, this was increased to two, and from 2009, several more have been available over all of the three MSc courses.

We can proudly point to a number of extremely successful professionals around the world who have received support through the Company bursaries.  Peter Baske, working with Mission Aviation Fellowship, who now spends his day flying and maintaining his aircraft while carring out humanitarian relief operations.  Determined to improve the quality of service delivered by civilian humanitarian relief organisations, at his own expense he undertook the course leading to the MSc in Air Safety Management.  His final dissertation "Assisting Air Transport in Developing Countries" was so well received by the examiners, that they recommended that it be published.

Professor Marion Wooldridge, Liveryman and Assistant on the Court of the Company, is the principal liaison officer.

Please see the following video link about the Company and the bursary programme:



The 2016 academic bursaries have been awarded as follows:

As usual we had a strong field of applicants for the four 2016 Academic Bursaries available to students at City University, studying for the MScs in Air Transport Management, Air Safety Management, and Aircraft Maintenance Management. All students on these courses, whatever their background, are eligible to apply if they have no other source of financial support for the course and, very unusually, this year we had more applicants with an engineering and technical background than we did from commercial pilots. This led, perhaps also not surprisingly, to three of our bursaries being awarded to engineers, and one to a pilot.

Mark Smith and Tamas Oroshazi are both engineers studying for the MSc in Air Transport Management. Mark has worked for a number of years in the Airline industry, at both Bournemouth and Luton, where he is currently the Continuing Airworthiness Manager of a start-up company, Oryx Jet. Working for a small start-up Airline has been a new challenge, allowing Mark to become involved in a wider variety of management related activities, for which he says the course has already been extremely useful. Tamas Oroshazi is a young engineer currently working as an Operations Control Officer for ASL Airlines Switzerland. He qualified with a Bachelor of Transportation Engineering Degree from Budapest University, specialising in Aviation Transportation and Logistics, and after a short spell working in Hungary, moved to Switzerland, where he has had a number of roles in Operation Control Centres. He is particularly interested in the development and management of regional airlines.

Our third engineer Bursary winner is Richard Pemberton, who is enrolled on the Aircraft Maintenance Management MSc. Richard is currently Managing Director of Tillingham Aviation Compliance Ltd, with a background which includes six years in the RAF, where he began as an Airframe Mechanic working on Hercules aircraft, and after three years became a commissioned officer. Volunteering has been a large part of Richard's life; he has experience as a Sea Cadet Instructor, a Special Constable in the Essex Police Force, and is currently a volunteer firefighter for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.  Once he has completed his MSc, he hopes to be able to complete a PPL, and perhaps even a commercial licence. 

Frans Huib de Zeeuw, studying for an MSc in Air Transport Management, is currently a Second Officer for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and flying Boeing B777s. Prior to this he was a First Officer for Germanwings, part of Lufthansa, flying Airbus A320 aircraft and decided to return to KLM last year. Although it could be viewed as a step back in flying terms, he felt there was more opportunity to broaden his management experience back in his national airline, where he had worked previously, and where he had trained in the KLM Flight Academy. Prior to that, Frans gained a BEng in Technology Management from The Hague University. Frans enjoys coaching and training others, became a Sailing Instructor as a teenager, and at University led a group which developed an energy efficient vehicle which won the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon. He is now also applying for membership of the Honourable Company.

Once again all our Bursary Winners demonstrated that they are very worthy of the award, and committed to the aviation industry and the vital importance of safety as the underpinning culture of that industry. We wish them all well in their future careers.