Royal Aero Club open 2023 Bursaries

Applications are now open for the Royal Aero Club Trust’s 2023 Bursary scheme, with a closing date of 21 March 2023.

The Royal Aero Club Trust – who have been offering a number of annual bursaries as part of their ‘Flying for Youth’ programme since their inception in 1998 – are inviting applications for this year’s financial grants. The bursary scheme encompasses “all types of air sports and aviation-related activities” including hang-gliding, parachuting, microlights, helicopters, light aircraft and model aeroplanes, and is split across four categories.

Flying Bursaries / Grants will allow candidates to “upgrade their existing qualifications” while Flight Simulator Bursaries can offer Computer Flight Sim enthusiasts “practical experience of flying”. Aeromodelling Bursaries will enable flyers to “upgrade equipment or gain further qualifications” and, finally, Advanced Bursaries will enable “well qualified air sports persons” to “advance their existing qualifications to a higher level to the benefit of the sport”.

A total of 25 bursaries were offered in 2022 (including the Pooleys Flight Equipment Bursary and the Lord Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship) alongside a number of additional grants worth up to £500 each, with the recipients able to start training by Easter.

Candidates must hold British Citizenship, be permanently resident in the UK, be aged between 14 and 21 (24 for the Advanced Bursary) and able to use the bursary in the year it is granted. Although no applications were received in 2022 from balloon or microlight pilots, both are encouraged to apply.

More information, and application forms, can be found on the Royal Aero Club Trust’s website:

Author: FTN Editor

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