The Armstrong/Isaacs bursaries, run by the UK Light Aircraft Association (LAA), are once again open, with five bursaries of £1,500.00 on offer this year to PPL students currently undergoing flight training.
Armstrong/Isaacs bursaries are funded from the Armstrong/Isaacs Fund, which is based on a major donation from David Armstrong, who was a founder member of the original Ultralight Aircraft Association in 1947, a lifelong member of the LAA’s predecessor the PFA and the latter’s chairman from 1960 to 1964.
His legacy, co-named with that of aircraft designer and builder John Isaacs, has since 1998 enabled many young prospective pilots to gain their PPL. Bursaries are awarded to pilots under 30 years of age who are already in training and offers finance to supplement personal funding in the later stages of the course. Applicants must have reached ‘first solo’ standard and have completed a minimum of five hours solo training, hold a valid medical and should have passed the necessary ground examinations.
The Fund’s organisers add that since UK weather is notoriously fickle, applicants who, but for the weather, would have completed five hours solo may also be considered. In such circumstances written confirmation must be provided by the CFI of the training organisation (DTO or ATO).
The bursary can only be used for flying training and cannot be used for ancillary expenses such as travel or accommodation. On award, the LAA will contact the nominated flying school to set up an invoicing system. Details of how the funds have been spent will be required from the DTO.
To apply, interested parties should download the application form from the LAA’s website and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title Armstrong/Isaacs Bursary. It should arrive on or before the closing date of 31 December 2023. In addition to general contact info and flying history, applicants are asked to write – in no more than 250 words – about why they want to fly.
The Fund’s organisers add that they may contact applicants for further information, and may request an interview, if it is thought necessary, with successful applicants notified of an award by the end of February 2024.
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