Launchpoint – charitable trust

Launchpoint is a registered charity which supports the development of glider pilots. It was established in 2017 and incorporates the activities of Caroline Trust and the Ted Lys Trust, both of which had been established nearly 20 years earlier.

Our aims include providing opportunities to experience gliding and facilitating participants at all stages to expand their horizons in the sport. Applications are open to all.

The small team of Launchpoint trustees are all actively involved in gliding and administrate the trust as volunteers. All donations and gifts are allocated to the charity’s beneficiaries, apart from minimal administration costs.

Launchpoint’s aims are delivered through Caroline Awards and Ted Lys Awards.

Caroline Awards

To date, Caroline Awards have helped over 400 young people by providing bursaries towards pre-solo or early post-solo flying. Caroline Award bursaries have sparked interest in gliding, resulted in long-term participation in the sport, and led to careers in aviation.

Click here for the Caroline Awards application page


Ted Lys Awards

Ted Lys awards are for qualified glider pilots who wish to develop their gliding skills. Applicants can make a proposal to the trustees to support, for example, a particular course, training or coaching program in any sphere of gliding.

The awards operate on an annual cycle with a fixed number of awards each year decided during the autumn & winter for activities taking place in the following gliding season.

Ted Lys Awards for 2022 were made to five applications (with one still pending) to support:

– Basic and Advanced Cross country, including to competition standard (2 different awards)

– Aerobatics course (Sports Badge)

– BGA Instructor courses

We anticipate the application process for the 2023 Ted Lys awards will start around December 2022, with applications due around January 31st 2023 (or maybe later). If you are interested in applying for a future Ted Lys award please check back at the end of the summer for the 2023 award application process.

Click here for the Ted Lys award application page



Please help Launchpoint to support glider pilots

Launchpoint relies on generous donations. As a registered charity, donations may be supplemented by gift aid and qualify for tax relief for the donor.

If you would like to assist us in fundraising to help the pilots at your Club advance in their gliding career, donations can be made via Virgin Giving or by cheque made out to “Launchpoint” and sent to us c/o the BGA office.

You can donate securely online here!


Your legacy

By deciding to remember us in your will, you’ll help our charity ‘Launchpoint’ to do its work and you’ll be a part of the future of gliding. Charity bequests may be exempt from inheritance tax.

You can read more here.

Thanks very much for your interest.

Launchpoint – Charity Commission no. 1089009