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:



Bursaries Awarded 2019

Following initial short listing, as usual, the selection panel interviewed the shortlisted applicants over two days in July, and three Bursaries were awarded. The panel were pleased to see that we had several applicants from the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management course this year, as well as the usual numbers from MSc Air Transport Management and MSc Air Safety Management. We still await the first applicants from the recently established MSc Airports Management course. We still await the first applicants from the recently established MSc Airports Management course.


Stephen SmarttStephen Smartt

Stephen Smartt is undertaking the Air Transport Management MSc, and has also recently become a Liveryman of the Air Pilots Company. He is working as a Captain for All Nippon Airways, based in Tokyo and flies the Boeing 767, and when in the UK is also an aerobatic instructor and ATPL theory instructor. Before working as a pilot, Stephen was a police constable in the Metropolitan Police, but had always been interested in aviation, obtaining a PPL in 2000, and ATPL in 2008. He is now close to completing the MSc, and his aim is to progress as far as he can in the Air Transport industry, something that he is adamant the knowledge gained on this MSc course will greatly facilitate.

Ingrida PetniuneIngrida Petniune

Ingrida Petniune is enrolled on the MSc Air Safety Management course. Currently based in the UK working as Senior Cabin Crew for Norwegian Air Shuttle, she is originally from Lithuania, and obtained her PPL in 2014 at Kaunas Airfield, coincidentally where I also undertook a period of aerobatic training over twenty years ago. Ingrida obtained a degree in economics from Vilnius University in 2012, and after initially working in the financial sector switched to the aviation sector in 2014, initially in ground services before becoming cabin crew. She has recently also taken on the role of Fatigue and Safety Representative in her section, and in her spare time is involved with the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Her long term aim is to manage activities with a safety plus medical content, for example in an Air Ambulance or Search and Rescue setting.

Ataque ShahAtaque Shah

Ataque Shah is studying Aircraft Maintenance Management, and despite the additional challenges of being interviewed via Skype, impressed the panel with his enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ attitude. Ataque is a Licensed Aircraft Technician in Etihad Airways Engineering, based in Abu Dhabi, where he undertakes day to day maintenance, defect rectification and troubleshooting on aircraft from the Airbus family. He trained in the Emirates Aviation University, receiving an Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in 2015, and his aim is to become a team leader and eventually an aircraft maintenance manager.


Assistant, Professor Marion Wooldridge
Summer 2019




Presentation of Certificates 2019


Academic Bursary Winners


The MSc Bursary Winners are presented with their certificates o98
by the Immediate Past Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Captain Colin Cox