Air Pilots’ announce 2017 scholarship details

The Air Pilots, which was established in London, way back in 1929, has announced details for it’s 2017 Scholarship Programme.  The Air Pilots, formerly known as the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators, has been at the forefront of the aviation world since it’s formation, supporting pilots, young and old through many varieties of training from initial to specialist training through charitable activities, education and training.

This year, there are a total of three scholarship categories available, with a number of sponsorship’s available for each category. Details of these are below:


Several Fixed Wing Instructor scholarships sponsored by the Swire Charitable Trust, the Air Safety Trust and the Air Pilots Trust.

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.

Closing date for Applications 22 March 2017

Application Form


Several full scholarships are available to take the successful candidates through to licence issue.  These scholarships are generously funded by benefactors such as Air BP, the Cadogan Charitable Trust, the Foyle Charitable Trust along with funding from members of the Company, such as Past Master Mike Grayburn, and the Company’s charitable foundations: the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund and the Air Pilots Trust.

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.

The successful candidates must be over the age of 17 on 1 June 17

Closing date for Applications 14 March 2017

Application Form


Several residential course scholarships will be available with funding provided through several sources such as Virgin Atlantic, the Air Pilots Flying Club and through the generosity of several Company members.
The training will be carried out at a (BGA) approved centre and will consist of week long courses to be flown during the school summer holidays.

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.

The successful candidates must be over the age of 16 on 1 July 2017
Closing date for Applications 29 March 2017

Application Form

To find out more information please visit the Air Pilots’ website.

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