The Honourable Company of Air Pilots has opened its scholarship opportunities for 2024. Candidates can apply for either Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Scholarships, Gliding Scholarships, or both.
The PPL scholarship covers 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, the 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 2024. The course must be commenced during the summer of 2024 and completed by 26th September 2024. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 11 January 2024.
Successful candidates for the Gilding Scholarships have the opportunity to fly on a one-week course at a youth approved British Gliding Association centre. This course could take a candidate to first solo. Candidates called for interview will be informed of the available dates and asked to confirm their preference at that time. Courses will take place during the 2024 School Summer Holidays (July and/or Aug). Candidates called for interview will be able to discuss their availability, however, successful candidates may have to accept and commit to a course which is not their preferred option. The application window for this scholarship closes on 6 February 2024.