The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Flying Scholarships 2020


Notice to all 2020 Scholarship Applicants

Update 27 May 2020

Private Pilot's Licence Scholarships 2020

Flight Instructor Certificate Scholarships 2020

It is with regret that the Scholarship Committee have to announce that it is no longer possible to continue with the PPL and FIC awards for 2020.  The restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of Covid 19 make it impossible to continue the selection process and provide a meaningful training environment for this year's candidates.

After prolonged discussion and to provide fairness to all, it has been decided that applications from this year will not be automatically carried forward to next year's scholarship round.  Should you wish to apply for scholarships in 2021 you are invited to resubmit an application at the appropriate time.  Application forms will appear on this site in December.

Please do not contact the office seeking feedback on the application forms submitted in 2020 as this information is not available.

Gliding Scholarships 2020

The two schools responsible for the training of Gliding Scholarship candidates are considering the practicalities of providing the week-long courses later in the summer.  In this respect, a decision on the continuing selection process for Gliding Scholarship candiates is delayed until mid June.  As soon as a decision is made, candidates will be contacted directly by the Company office.  If the selection process continues, interviews will take place via video conference on the 30th June and 1st July.


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 and various private and commercial sponsors.  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.  Candidates called for interview will be informed of the available dates and asked to confirm their preference at that time.

Terms and Conditions:

The aim of the Scholarship is to assist the successful individual, who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to have the chance to experience gliding, either on a week-long residential course, or at a local gliding club on a lesson by lesson basis.  The Scholarship will cover direct training costs; travel expenses to and from the training centre will be the responsibility of the Scholarship winner.

A Selection Committee appointed by the Company makes the awards.  Candidates who are short-listed for consideration for the scholarship are required to attend an interview.  The scholarship funding does not cover the cost of travelling to London for interview or travel costs during training.  Alternative interview dates cannot be arranged.

The training will be carried out at an approved BGA Junior Gliding Centre as part of a one-week residential course. Courses will take place during the 2020 School Summer Holidays (July and/or Aug).  All the exact dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.  Candidates called for interview will be able to discuss their availability, however, successful candidates may have to accept and commit to a course which is not their preferred option.

•    You must be able to satisfy the current CAA medical requirement for flying a glider (further details on request)
•    You must be aged at least 16 on 1 July 2020
•    Height and Weight restriction:  candidates must be under 6’ 4” and under 16st 4lb (103.5kg)

Successful candidates will be made a conditional offer which will be subject to confirmation once all pre-requisite and contractual details have been acknowledged as satisfied.

please note:  Your application must be completed in handwriting, scanned to a multipage pdf document and sent by email to  All applications received are acknowledged by email.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement by email, you should assume that your applicaton has not been received and should resubmit your application.  You are, of course, welcome to telephone the office to check.  Applications received as single page documents, as photographs, or in any other form will be disregarded.