Flying Scholarships

Flying Scholarships

Flying scholarships, alongside the Air League’s other programmes, provide individuals with an opportunity to build a foundation to enhance their journey into the professional disciplines available within aviation, aerospace, and space.

Our tiered approach offers those with zero to little aviation experience an opportunity to gain skill, build an understanding and an insight into the amazing career pathways available.

The Air League can offer you unrivalled support, and looks for those with a flare to succeed and the determination to join our fantastic industries.

what do we offer?

3-hour Introductory Flying Scholarship

This scholarship provides an introductory course into aviation and aerospace. The course is held over a two day period on pre-selected dates at our approved training providers, and offers an initial powered flying experience combined with ground school theory and an engineering taster experience. The scholarships aim is to create a foundation for a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace.

5-hour Intermediate Flying Scholarship

This scholarship provides an intermediate course that is held over a five day period on pre-selected dates at our approved training providers. This scholarship offers an additional powered flying experience combined with advanced ground school. The scholarships aim to further a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace.

12-hour Advanced Flying Scholarship

This scholarship is an advanced award that provides powered flying with the aim of going solo. This scholarship aims to allow an individual to further the development of their career pathway into aviation and aerospace. This scholarship can be flown residentially on pre-selected dates at our approved training providers or at the scholars own pace.

frequently asked questions

Scholarship applications are now open and will close on Sunday 15th May 2022 at 5pm BST

Flying scholarships are open to anyone aged 16 + who is a UK resident. For 5 and 12-hour scholarships you also must be able to meet the requirements for a Class 2 medical and English language proficiency (ICAO Level 4). Please find the full criteria for 2022 here.

For those with disabilities please see the FAQ below.

You must be aged 16 or over on the 1st of May 2022

All flying scholarships will be undertaken at our approved training providers:

  • Booker Aviation
  • South Warwickshire Flying School
  • Tayside Aviation

3 and 5 hour scholarship courses will take place residentially on pre-selected dates in July and August 2022. 12-hour scholarships can be flown residentially on pre-selected dates or at your own pace

In addition to your flying hours and ground school, we provide temporary membership at your selected training provider for a year, and full board accommodation for the duration of your flying scholarship. You will also be invited to our Scholarships Awards Ceremony.

The Scholarship Selection Committee will award scholarships based several factors, for example like the impact it will have on your immediate development, as well as your medium to long-term career aspirations.

Our scholarships are open to all that meet the legal requirements listed above.

Our vision is to change lives through aviation and believe there should be no educational, financial, or social barriers for those who want to succeed.

We want to make aviation accessible to all. Regardless of your background we will support you if you have the determination, drive and passion to succeed.

The application process is split into two stages.

The first stage is an assessment of your application by two independent members of the scholarship selection committee.

If you are successful in the first stage, you will be invited to a second stage in-person assessment and interview.

Yes. Interviews will take place from Monday 23rd May until Wednesday 1st June at the following locations:

British Airways Waterside Headquarters (Near Heathrow Airport)

Tayside Aviation (Dundee, Scotland)

Virtually (Via Microsoft Teams)

Regardless of any disability you can apply for a flying scholarship. The purpose of our scholarships is to create a foundation for a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace.

You will be asked to provide additional details so that reasonable adjustments or further assistance can be provided as part of the selection process and the delivery of a scholarship.

We will endeavour to deliver scholarships to those with any disability, however if CAA regulations indicate flight training may not be delivered, we will attempt to provide an alternative scholarship through our other programmes and opportunities.

Yes. If invited to the stage two interview you will be asked if you require assistance to travel to your chosen training provider. Assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on several factors like distance required to travel and means available.

Yes. A valid Air League membership is required to apply for scholarships and bursaries. There are a few exceptions (See below).

All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship. 

The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship is awarded to a previous flying scholar who has displayed outstanding
potential and allows the individual who is member of the Air Training Corps and who also holds a Duke of
Edinburgh Award to achieve their full private pilot’s licence.

We support individuals through our scholarships and bursaries. We are unfortunately unable to provide further ad hoc assistance towards your flying training.

No. The flying scholarships are intended for those yet to achieve a PPL.

  • You will be notified by Friday 10th June 2022 whether your application has been successful.

Although this will be disappointing, we do not want you to give up. Scholarships applications far outnumber the opportunities available.

Regardless of the outcome we encourage you to get involved, volunteer, and attend the Air League’s annual programme of events that aim to help you develop as a professional within aviation and aerospace.

All applicants will also be given the opportunity to register with TalentView Aviation, a platform to find first jobs, graduate roles and other exciting opportunities, it also allows you to develop and to be seen by employers across the UK aviation industry.

Feedback is an important area in your professional development. Feedback will be given to any applicant that requests it through the feedback development form sent to those after the application process.

career pathway options

We’ve teamed up with TalentView Aviation to ensure all our scholarship applicants continue on their career pathways within aviation and aerospace

TalentView is the place for talented individuals to find first jobs, graduate roles and other exciting opportunities and be seen by employers across the UK aviation industry

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