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.
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) awarded a range of scholarships in for 2014. These included five gliding scholarships (to be flown at any Junior Gliding Centre) as well as PPL scholarships and various flying instructor and other bursaries.|
The scholarships were available to help any pilot (or prospective pilot) aged 14 or over, who might otherwise not have the necessary resources, to achieve their first solo. Training couldbe carried out at any BGA Junior Gliding Centre between 1 July and 31 August 2014. The scholarships provide for a period of membership and 20 winch launches which could take a candidate to at least first solo. More details and an application form are on the GAPAN web site.
The winners of the 2014 scholarships were five exceptionally motivated candidates: Alice Bartlett, who will carry out her training at Bristol & Glos GC; Antony Bellamy, Bowland Forest and York GCs; Arvydas Cetyrkovskis, Derby & Lancs GC; Kishan Dohil, Booker GC; and Craig McGregor, Bowland Forest and York GCs. 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
|Once again, the Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarship Fund has generously provided funding to enable us to offer up to 10 flying scholarships in 2015 to young glider pilots both pre- and post-solo and aged between 14 and 21 years of age. |
Applications for 2015 have closed - the winners of this year's scholarships are listed below.
The 2015 winners of these Scholarships were:
Elliot Archer – RAFGSA Chilterns
Ethan Barber – Yorkshire Gliding Club
William Blackburn – Wolds Gliding Club
Connor Budworth – Welland Gliding Club
Samantha Veck – Lasham Gliding Club
Nathaniel Robinson – Rattlesden Gliding Club
Christopher Barrott – Nene Valley Gliding Club
Charley Taylor – Bicester Gliding Centre
Sam Bush – Norfolk Gliding Club
Nicholas Hawkins – Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club
We look forward to hearing about their experiences made possible by these Bursaries.
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 2014 scholarships and these must be received by the Air League by 22 February 2014. 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.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 2016 bursaries are now open.
Full details and application forms are available on the Trust web site. Note that the closing date for applications to be received at the RAeC is 31st March 2016. These need to be countersigned by a sponsor such as your CFI and submitted via the BGA. To ensure that applications are processed by the deadline, your application should be received at the BGA office no later than 17th March.
In 2015, 17 of the 44 awards went to glider pilots.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Peter Vile (Devon & Somerset GC) to help him in his instructor training. Assistance was provided to two of the members of the British Junior Team, Matt Davis and Tom Arscott, to help them in their bid for medals at the World Junior Championships in Australia later this year.
A full list of the bursary recipients is available on the Trust web sitthe 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.