The application process for 2017 has now closed. Around 500 applications have been received and a team of very experienced aviators are now considering all applications with a view to inviting a shortlist of candidates for interview. Interviews will be held in London on 2 and 3 May 2017. Interviews must be taken in person and alternative dates cannot be arranged. If you submitted an application for a PPL Scholarship, you will next hear from us soon after the 7th April at which point you will be told if you are to be invited for interview or not.
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 training, 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.
Applications are welcome from candidates world wide. International candidates should be aware that, if called to interview, the candidate must make their own arrangements to attend interview in person in London. Training must be take place at a UK flying school. 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: 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. All applications received, whether by post or email are acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, in all likelyhood, your applicaton has not been received. You are welcome to telephone the office to check.
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. Course dates are still to be agreed for 2017; candidates called for interview will be informed of the available dates and asked to confirm their preference at that time.
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. 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.
The Flight Instructor Certificate 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.