The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Flying Scholarships

**The application form for the JOC Scholarship is available - see below for details **

The Air Pilots Flying Scholarship Programme 

The Company's flying scholarships provide a unique opportunity for people who would like to become pilots or to further their qualifications as pilots.  We try to arrange the selection period to avoid school/university examination times, whilst still providing candidates with as many months of potential good weather as we can to complete their training.

The yearly timetable for the scholarship programme is as follows:  Application forms will be available on this page from January through to March for PPL(A), FIC(A),and the Gliding Scholarships (all subject to availability in a given year); interviews (where applicable) will be at the end of April/early May and will be held in the Company office in London.  Applications are invited from international scholars, but applicants should be aware that interviews must take place on the arranged date in London (in person) and training must take plase in a UK ATO. Training in each instance MUST be completed by the first week of October in the year of award; candidates should be aware that this demands a very high level of commitment during the summer months and if offered a scholarship, the Company will expect the recipient to meet this commitment.

In addition to flying scholarships funded directly by the Company or one of its Charitable Trusts, each year the Air Pilots is fortunate to receive generous sponsorship from several sources to fund flying scholarships which are administered by the Company.  This year, funding is generously provided by benefactors for the following scholarships:

Air BP - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The Air BP Sterling Scholarship'

Past Master Mike Grayburn - funding for one PPL  (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The Grayburn Scholarship'

Cadogan Charitable Trust - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The Cadogan Scholarship'

Adrian Swire Charitable Trust - funding for one FI(R) (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The Swire Scholarship'

Foyle Charitable Trust - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The Foyle Scholarship'

TAG Farnborough Airport - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarship - 'The TAG Flying Scholarship'

Air Pilots Benevolent Fund - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarships

Air Pilots Trust - funding for one PPL (fixed-wing) scholarship along with a proportion of the Charitable Funds raised by Immediate Past Master, Chris Ford during his year in office - 'The Master's Scholarship' and also one FI(R) (fixed wing) scholarship - 'The Norman Motley Scholarship'

Air Safety Trust - funding for one FI(R) (fixed-wing) scholarship

 

additionally, this year there are a number of residential course Gliding Scholarships available

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


EPST (Netherlands) - provision of two JOC scholarships

 

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Private Pilot Licence Scholarships 2016

(APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2016)

These scholarships cover all aspects of training up to licence issue for a candidate who is prepared to dedicate a considerable part of the summer to gaining their PPL.  Providing up to 45 hours of flying, these scholarships can take a candidate with little or no experience to completion of their flying licence during the course of the summer; alternatively they can "finish off" someone who is already partially trained.  The scholarships are awarded entirely on merit as evidenced on the completed application form and as assessed by a selection committee appointed by the Company.  Candidates must be 17 or over on 1 June of the year of application and the course must be completed by the beginning of October.

All candidates should be aware that the scholarships only cover the cost of flying training and licence issue; no provision is made for transport, accommodation, subsistence etc. 

 

please note: After you have submitted your application form, you will receive an acknowledgement by email providing your application meets the requirements specified on the form.  If you send your application by email, please try not to submit it as an electronic photograph as they are quite often very difficult to read.  The best method is to scan your application form (just pages 2, 3 and 4) as a PDF document (black and white). Your email including attachment must be no larger than 10mb or our email server will reject it.  If you send an application in and do not receive an acknowledgement in good time, you are welcome to telephone the office to check if your application has been received.

 

If you would like to see what is involved , the following reports were submitted by winners from 2015:   Alex May, Alex Sharples, Safeen Kay, Thomas Smart, Hayley Ritchie

 

Gliding Scholarships 2016

(APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2016)

Gliding scholarships are provided directly by the Honourable Company and also through funding from the Air Pilots' Flying Club and the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund.  As these scholarships will be residential, they are offered to people over the age of 16 and give the successful candidates the opportunity to fly on a one week residential course at a youth approved British Gliding Association centre.  This course could take a candidate to first solo.  Courses will take place 25 - 29 July and 13 - 19 August 2016 and candidates called for interview will be asked to confirm their prefered course dates.

The scholarship funding does not cover the cost of travelling to London for interview or travel costs during training. 

please note: After you have submitted your application form, you will receive an acknowledgement by email providing your application meets the requirements specified on the form.  If you send your application by email, please try not to submit it as an electronic photograph as they are quite often very difficult to read.  The best method is to scan your application form (just pages 2, 3 and 4) as a PDF document (black and white). Your email including attachment must be no larger than 10mb or our email server will reject it.  If you send an application in and do not receive an acknowledgement in good time, you are welcome to telephone the office to check if your application has been received.

 

If you would like to see what the successful candidates in 2015 achieved, please click on the following links:  Edward Neate,  Piers Douglas,  William GouldDouglas Wescott,   Harry Dyer,   Mina Khodkameh

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London Schools Gliding

You may be interested to know of a scheme run by a group of Livery Companies, led the the Honourable Company of Air Pilots which provides students of secondary schools and academies in the Inner London Boroughs the opportunity to experience a day visit to a British Gliding Association (BGA) school.  If you would like your school to get involved with this scheme, you can find out more here

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Flight Instructor Scholarships 2016

(APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2016)

The Flight Instructor Scholarship award covers all direct training and examination costs for the successful candidate as they achieve their Fixed Wing Flying Instructor Certificate.  The first page of the application form contains the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the scholarship. Training must be completed during the summer before the first week of October.

Please Note:  If you elect to submit the application form by email - please try to avoid submitting in photographic form as the resultant files are very difficult to read.  Scanned submission as a pdf file  is the best method.  The maximum file size accepted by Air Pilots in-box is 10mb and you may therefore have to split your full application and supporting documents over several emails.

 

If you want to learn more about the FI scholarships, reports from the 2015 winners are available at the following links:  Lydie Szkatula,  Anthony Hatch,  Richard Breakspear

 


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Jet Orientation Course Scholarship 2016

This course is specifically designed to prepare the newly qualified ATPL holder for employment with an airline and it should not be viewed as a refresher course.  Only in exceptional circumstances will consideration be given to someone who has previously completed a JOC course with either EPST or another provider.  The course is not type specific.  Pilots who have completed the EPST Airline Jet Foundation course (AJFC) have proved to be well regarded by potential employers.  The successful candidates generally commence their training in early January following the selection process.

The closing date for receipt of applications for this scholarship is 28 September 2016.  Applications may be submitted by post or by email and must be received by 5pm latest on 28 September.  Applications received after this time will not be considered.  Please read the application carefully for other terms and conditions. If you choose to submit the application by email, this must be in pdf format and the total size of the email, including attachment(s) must be less than 10Mb.  Emails larger than this are rejected by our server.  You are welcome to call the office to check on safe receipt.  We do acknowledge receipt of all applicaiton forms by email.

click here to download the Jet Orientation Course Scholarship Application Form for 2016

 

 

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Scholarship Winners 2015

On Thursday 19 November 2015,  scholarship and bursary winners will assemble with their families and friends at Cutlers' Hall in the City of London for the scholarship award ceremony; a chance for the newest members of the Company to meet with the Court and share their experiences during the summer.

 

Scholarship Winners
Sitting (L-R): Alex May (Air BP Sterling PPL) (John Landymore Trophy), Thomas Smart (Cadogan PPL), Alex Sharples (Grayburn PPL), Safeen Kay (Sir Sefton Brancker PPL), Richard Breakspear (Master's FI), Harry Dyer (Flying Club Gliding), Mina Khodkameh (London Schools Gliding)
Standing (L-R): Piers Douglas (YAP Gliding), Edward Neate (YAP Gliding), Sarah Parker (FI CPD Bursary), Andrew Burnage (FI Apprenticeship),  Steven Pearson (FI Apprenticeship), David Lang (City University MSc Bursary), Katherine Plant (Saul Prize 2014), Justin Saward (Saul Prize 2015)
Unable to attend: Lydie Szkatula (Swire FI), Grace Davis, William Gould, Douglas Westcott ( all YAP Gliding), Chopra Balbir, Patrick Leib, Samuel Takyi (all City University MSc Bursaries), Ben Koprowski (FI Bursary)