Flying Scholarships 2022

Private Pilot Licence Scholarships

The closing date for applications was 2nd February 2022 at 12 noon.

The selection process is now underway.  All eligible applications received are acknowledged by email.  Your application should have been completed in handwriting, scanned as a three page pdf document and saved using the format forename.surname and sent by email to ppl@airpilots.org.

All candidates should be aware that, if called to interview, they must make their own arrangements to attend interview in person in London on the 20th or 21st April 2022.  Alternative dates cannot be arranged.  Training must be take place at a UK flying school approved by the Company.  Please note that the scholarship only covers the cost of flying training and licence issue.  The costs of obtaining the Class 2 Medical Certificate and any associated travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the Scholarship winner.  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.

 

Terms and Conditions:
The aim of the Scholarship Programme is to assist the successful individual, who might otherwise not have the necessary resources, to achieve their Licence.

The criteria for successful applications includes:

  • your ability to demonstrate a serious ambition and ability to pursue an aviation related career
  • your availability to undertake and complete the Scholarship during summer 2022
  • your educational achievements, demonstrable knowledge and/or experience in science, mathematics or other aviation related subjects
  • you must be aged at least 17 on 1 June 2022

Overseas applicants must be able to show they have the appropriate passport, visa or travel documents to reside in the UK during the training period in order for their application to be considered.

Gliding Scholarships

The original closing date for applications was on 9 March 2022 at 12 noon, additional places became available in May for which applications closed on the 6 June 2022.

The selection process is now underway.  All eligible applications received re acknowledged by email.  Your application should have been completed in handwriting, scanned to a two page pdf document no bigger than 3mb and sent by email to gliding@airpilots.org.

Candidates who are short-listed for consideration for the scholarship are required to attend in person an interview in London on either 26 or 27 April 2022.  Travel expenses are the responsibility of the candidate and alternative interview dates cannot be arranged.

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.

 

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 and residential accomodation; travel expenses to and from the training centre will be the responsibility of the Scholarship winner.

  • You must be able to satisfy the NPPL medical requirement (click here for information)
  • You must be aged at least 16 on 1 July 2022
  • Height and Weight restriction:  candidates must be under 6’ 4” and under 16st 4lb (103.5kg)


Scholarships are residential and are offered to people over the age of 16.  Successful candidates have the opportunity to fly on a one week 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.  Courses will take place during the 2022 School Summer Holidays (July and/or Aug).  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.

Flight Instructor Certificate Scholarships

The closing date for applications was 16th March 2022 at 12 noon.

The selection process is now underway.  All eligible applications received are acknowledged by email.

All candidates should be aware that, if called to interview, they must make their own arrangements to attend an interview in London on 5th May 2022.  Alternative dates cannot be arranged.  Successful candidates will be made a conditional offer subject to proof of passing a specific pre-entry flight test with an FI qualified for this purpose, based upon the proficiency check as previously set out in Part FCL Appendix 9.   This test must be completed at candidate’s own expense before 1 June 2022. Training must be completed during the summer and before the 29 September 2022.

 

 

Terms and Conditions:
The aim of the Scholarship Programme is to assist the successful individual to achieve their Certificate.  The Scholarship covers only direct training and examination costs. The costs of obtaining the required Medical Certificate, the pre-entry flight test and any associated travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the Scholarship winner.

The criteria for successful applications include:

  • your ability to demonstrate a serious ambition to become a Flying Instructor.
  • your availability to undertake and complete the training award during summer 2022.
  • you must be able to satisfy the relevant UK CAA medical standard to enable the issue of the appropriate licence and any Company pre course entry requirements.

The Company will expect training to be carried out at a UK CAA Approved Training Organisation (based in the UK) which is also approved by the Honourable Company.  Arrangements are to be in place by mid-June and training and testing is to be completed by 29 September 2022.

The awards are made by a Selection Committee appointed by The Company.  Candidates who reach the final stages will be asked to submit a one minute video outlining why they should be awarded the scholarship. Candidates who are short listed for the Flight Instructor Certificate Scholarships are required to attend at their own expense for an interview on 5 May 2022 in London, when the candidate must be prepared to give evidence that they fully meet the minimum criteria for the award as stated below:

Candidates must meet the following PRE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS on the date of interview:

(a)    Hold a valid UK issued PPL(A), CPL(A) or ATPL(A) licence including a valid SEP class rating.
(b)    Have completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which not less than 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command (PIC) if holding an ATPL(A) or CPL(A) **, or 150 hours PIC if holding a PPL(A).
        ** This requirement is additional to the UK CAA basic prerequisites
(c)    Have completed a VFR cross-country flight as PIC of at least 540km (300nm) in the course of which full stop landings at two different aerodromes have been made.
(d)    Have met the requirements for CPL theoretical knowledge.
(e)    Have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least five hours shall have been completed during the six months preceding the pre-entry flight test (see note below).
(f)    Have received at least 10 hours instrument flight instruction in the appropriate aircraft category, of which not more than five hours may be instrument ground time in a FSTD.
(g)    Have completed at least 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight in SEP class aircraft category as PIC.