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 2018

Following initial short listing and the recent interviews at City University, the following four students were each awarded a Company Academic Bursary; Judith Hallam, Timothy Clark Gibson, Matthew Boraman, and Nadeem Bandali. Judith and Matthew are both studying for the Air Safety Management (ASM) MSc, and Tim and Nadeem are taking the Air Transport Management (ATM) MSc course.

The diversity of backgrounds of our applicants this year was unusually wide with, as is usual now, pilots plus engineers and cabin crew, and also this year included applicants with careers in air traffic control, and aero-medical examination and research. This made for a very interesting short-listing exercise, plus unusually wide ranging interview discussions. Unfortunately none of those selected for awards this year came from the MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management, and we have not yet had any applicants from the newly approved MSc, Airport Management, which has only recently started accepting students.  

Air Safety Management (ASM) MSc

Judith Hallam, originally from Surrey, qualified as an Air Traffic Controller with NATS, and has since gone on to work in Germany, being based there since 2011 where she started off in an ATC Trainer capacity. Judith is now responsible for developing courses for trainee controllers, and liaison between the UK and the German course regulators. Her aim is to develop her management skills so that she is fully equipped to lead an ATC Training organisation in the future.

Matthew Boraman is a Licensed Helicopter Engineer, who has worked in Norway and Nigeria, and is now based in Aberdeen. His career began with an apprenticeship at Premiair Aircraft, which was one of Europe’s largest helicopter maintenance and charter organisations. Matthew’s main aim in undertaking the ASM MSc is to gain a management role in helicopter air safety, and he is keen to understand more about the effects of culture on air safety.


Air Transport Management (ATM) MSc

Captain Tim Gibson is currently a type rating examiner on the Boeing 737-800 for Jet2, based at Stansted. He is also involved in pilot mentoring and pilot recruitment. Initially, his degree from Birmingham University led him to become an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, but Tim soon changed his career path to become an RAF officer and Tornado GR-1 navigator. On leaving the RAF he undertook an integrated ATPL and has since been flying commercially, first as a corporate pilot and later as a captain for Ryanair, switching to Jet2 last year. Although wanting to undertake the ATM MSc for many years, it is only recently that personal circumstances have allowed him to begin.

Nadeem Bandali is a Licensed Aircraft Engineer who initially trained in the UK, obtaining a degree in Aircraft Engineering before gaining some experience in Kenya. He now works for SR Technics UK Ltd on sub-contract to easyJet, at Gatwick Airport, where he also mentors trainee mechanics. Since January this year Nadeem is also a member of the RAeS Airworthiness and Maintenance Speciality Group where he is involved in conference organisation relevant to his subject. His aim in undertaking the ATM MSc is to become a fully effective and confident manager and, through his outreach work, to also help stem the increasing shortage of licensed aircraft engineers.

As always, the selection panel greatly enjoyed talking with all the interviewees, and we are sure that all those awarded an Air Pilots Academic Bursary will be seen as excellent ambassadors for the aviation industry.

Assistant, Professor Marion Wooldridge
Summer 2018




The MSc Bursary Winners are presented with their certificates of achievement
at Cutlers' Hall, City of London on 22 November 2018
by the Immediate Past Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Captain Chris Spurrier