The Mike Langley Foundation is an ongoing initiative which will, for many years to come, positively influence the lives of aspiring pilots through sponsorship and funding opportunities.
About the foundation:
The Mike Langley Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to help those with a dream to become a commercial airline pilot, those with the passion to succeed but without the financial means. Through funding initiatives and scholarships, we aim to widen access to the aviation profession.
The Foundation was launched by Kura Aviation, the industry’s first Community Interest Company, of which Mike was a consultant and Chair of the Advisory Board.
Mike’s dream was to fly, and he achieved it. His ambition was to provide the very best flight training to pilots and airlines across the globe, and he succeeded. He was determined to make to make a difference and through experience and wisdom, he certainly did that. The extraordinary level of respect he gained in doing has resulted in the aviation industry coming together and creating The Mike Langley Foundation.
Mike’s view was that it was never too late to make a difference. So true to those words, let us work together and create a new chapter in aviation training.
Who is Mike Langley?
Mike’s love of flying was kick started by a father who worked with Sunderland flying boats in the Second World War. Some years later, a move south saw the family living next door to the De Havilland aircraft site and it was then that he joined the 2203 Hatfield and DE Havilland squadron Air Cadets.
There was no looking back. Determined to forge a career in the Air Force, Mike trained as a navigator with the Royal Air Force and spent many years flying in both Europe and the Middle East. A well-respected officer, he reached the rank of Wing Commander before deciding that promotion was taking him further from his real passion for aviation.
Following a long and successful flying career in the Royal Air Force, Mike moved into commercial aviation training, joining Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) as Head of Ground Training. He gained an MSc in Corporate Management at Cranfield University in 1998 and went on to hold a variety of senior level positions during his time with OAA. Working with airlines worldwide, Mike played an integral role in the development of numerous new and innovative training programmes and in 2011, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Buckinghamshire New University for his contribution to the development of aviation courses.
Mike’s official retirement in 2011 was short lived. His unparalleled experience in the industry, commitment and enthusiasm meant that he could never stay away long. Much to the amusement and delight of those that knew him, he retired 5 times in as many years.
After officially retiring from CAE OAA in July 2014 Mike went on to work as a consultant with Kura aviation, playing an integral role in developing airline relationships and eventually becoming Chair of Kura’s Advisory Board.
Mike continued to write motivational articles for Flight training News and worked with the team at Buckinghamshire New University developing their Airline Transport Management programme. In so doing, evidenced that his love for the industry was too great to ever fully retire.
What is up for grabs?
So far, if you visit the Mike Langley Foundation website you can see that there will be a number of sponsorship’s available shortly, these include:
- Private Pilot Licence (Value £12,000)
- Kura Aviation BESTPILOT Course (Value £10,200)
- Semi-distance Learning ATPL Groundschool (Value £690)
- Groundschool Course (Value £1,500)
Can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved, making a donation, organising an event, taking part in an event, donating a prize, plus many other ways, you can find out more on their website.