Flying needn’t be expensive and as a junior pilot you have lots of opportunities to drive the cost down even further through a range of club scheme, scholarships and bursaries.
Most clubs provide some form of reduced costs for younger members. These vary from club to so do be sure to check what’s available.
We are really fortunate to be supported by some very generous benefactors who every year provide funding and/or training for young pilots. A summary of what is available is listed below – click on the links for more details. We will post details of availability on our News pages and on the Juniors Facebook page so keep an eye open for opportunities that might be able to help you. Note that not all opportunities may be available each year.
Instructor OpportunitiesHonourable Company of Air Pilots/ BGA Instructor Training Bursaries
|Founded in 1999, the Caroline Trust is a charity whose objectives are to encourage young people, especially women, to take up the sport of gliding and encourage and enable people with disabilities to participate in the sport. The Trust awards bursaries to young people, generally under the age of 18 years old, and to disabled people of any age who want to try gliding.|
To date, the Caroline Trust has helped over 400 young people by providing solo or post-solo bursaries. It’s not only young and disabled people and their clubs that benefit. Caroline Trust bursaries have sparked interest and led to careers in aviation. By supporting British Gliding, the Caroline Trust also supports the UK’s aviation and aerospace industry.
You can find out more and apply by looking on the Caroline Trust web site.
Fleet Air Arm Officers Association
|The FAAOA Aviation Scholarship Trust awards gliding scholarships to young people (17-20) who are interested in pursuing a career in military aviation. Gliding Scholarships are normally programmed to take place during the Easter and August holiday periods and offer an intensive gliding course of up to eight days at one of three locations - Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset; Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall; and Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire. Food and accommodation is provided in the Officers Mess in a Royal Naval Air Station or Naval Establishment.|
Where possible, a powered flying navigation exercise and visits to FAA training facilities are included. Full details are on the FAAOA web site.
Girls' Venture Corps Air Cadets
|Scholarships for gliding are available via Ducat-Amos Gliding Scholarships. In addition, GVCAC sometimes organise gliding through their local gliding clubs.|
Find out more on the GVCAC website.
Honourable Company of Air Pilots
|The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (previously known as the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators -GAPAN) are offering a range of scholarships in 2016. A number of gliding scholarships are being offered to people over the age of 16 to give the successful candidates the opportunity to fly on a one week residential course at a BGA Junior Gliding Centre. This course could take a candidate to first solo. Courses will take place on 25th-29th July and 13th-19th August 2016. In addition, a number of PPL scholarships and various flying instructor and other bursaries are available.|
Applications for 2016 are now closed.
The winners of the 2015 scholarships were:
Grace Davis who trained at Hereford GC
Piers Douglas who carried out his gliding course at Essex & Suffolk GC
William Gould who carried out his training at Derbyshire and Lancashire GC
Edward Neate whose training took place at Kent GC
Douglas Wescott who took his course at Bristol & Gloucestershire GC
Harry Dyer who attended a week-long course at Portsmouth Naval GC
Mina Khodkame who attended a week-long course at London GC. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the Company for generously providing these scholarships to help young pilots.
|The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the BGA are also working together to provide funding for a number of young gliding instructor training bursaries. These are available to help glider pilots under the age of 25 on application to qualify as either a Basic Instructor or Assistant Instructor. The BI training bursaries are £500 each. The Assistant Instructor training bursaries are £1000 each (and no BGA course fee). |
Details including an application form can be found here.
Applicants should ensure that they meet the BGA instructor rating requirements.
Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Fund Scholarships
|The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Centennial Scholarship Fund has once again agreed to fund gliding scholarships in 2016. We now invite applications from young glider pilots both pre- and post-solo and aged between 14 and 21 years of age for the 10 flying scholarships of £300 each available in 2016. Application forms should be returned to Liz Pike no later than 23rd May.|
Upward Bound Trust
|The Upward Bound Trust has the specific aim of sending 16 to 21 year olds solo. Costs to solo vary depending on your circumstances. Disadvantaged youths who can demonstrate a desire to learn have previously been trained for no cost, with maximum costs to all limited to very affordable levels. All the Upward Bound asks in return is dedication in terms of help running the airfield and keeping the launch rate moving! Contact: Dave Bramwell on 07887 623529. Full details are on the UBT web site.|
The Air League Educational Trust
|The Air League Educational Trust generously provides a number of Gliding Scholarships each year to help young people develop their gliding skills. Applications for scholarships open on 1st December.|
Applications are now being accepted for 2017 scholarships and these must be received by the Air League by 17 February 2017. These are open to post-solo pilots, aged from 16 to 25, and are intended to help younger pilots widen their gliding experience. This year, awards are available covering basic aerobatic training, cross-country training and SLMG NPPL training. Full information and application forms are available on the Air League web site.
BGA Competition Training
|Every year, as part of the Junior National Championships, the BGA offers competition training for young pilots who haven’t yet flown in their first competition. You fly in a 2-seater glider with an experienced competition pilot and learn the tricks of the trade in a real-life environment.|
Applications for places on the two-seater training usually open around mid-January. Keep an eye on the BGA News around that time.
Royal Aero Club Trust
|The RAeC Trust annually awards bursaries to young pilots, aged 14-21 to enable them to achieve greater competence in their particular air sport. Bursaries of up to £1000 are available to help recipients advance in their chosen air sport .|
Additionally, Follow-On Bursaries are available. These are available to help committed applicants, aged up to 24, reach even higher levels of achievement through, for example, participation in national and international competitions. An upper age limit of 24 applies to these Follow-On Bursaries.
Applications are now being accepted for 2017 bursaries. Applications must be submitted via the BGA and, to ensure that the overall timetable can be met, these must be received at the BGA office by Lizzie Pike (email@example.com) no later than 24th March 2017. Full details of the awards and how to apply are on the the Trust web site.
We are pleased to report that young glider pilots featured strongly in the list of recipients in 2016 with 16 of the 50 awards going to glider pilots.
The Bramson was awarded to Suzie Lyell (Lasham GS) to help her gain her Silver Badge.
A full list of the bursary recipients is available on the Trust web site.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the RAeC Trust and its benefactors who do so much to encourage young people to develop their potential through air sports.