Welcome to the Royal Aero Club Trust Website. Since being established in 1998, the Trust has developed very rapidly. At present its prime focus is improving the public accessibility of the Royal Aero Club Collection and increasing the availability of bursaries to help young people improve their flying skills.

The Trust's objectives include:

If you love air sport and recreation, there are a number of ways in which you could assist the trust in its tasks - these include Gift Aid Donations, Legacies and Covenants.
The Trust's Annual Report 2015 may be viewed by clicking here.

Website Updates - What's New

The Trust congratulates the 2015 British Junior Gliding Team on their magnificent achievements in the recent 9th Junior World Gliding Championships. All four pilots, Tom Arscott - world champion club class and Sam Roddie Bronze medal club class as well as in the standard class, Matt Davis and Mike Gatfield, at various stages in their air sport careers have been granted bursaries. Why not try to emulate their success by applying for a 2017 bursary!

2016 Bursaries

50 bursaries were awarded in 2016 and the list of winners can be accessed via the Bursaries Page or the following link: 2016 Bursary Winners. No applications were received from balloon pilots. Bursaries available this year include the Follow-On (Advanced) Bursary for gifted young air sports persons up to 24 years of age who have been a recipient of an initial bursary. Well done to all successful applicants.

2017 Bursaries

Application forms and terms & conditions for 2017 bursaries are now available on this website and accessed via the Bursaries Page or the Quick Link opposite. The closing date for 2017 bursary applications will be 31 March 2017.

The Trust would be particularly pleased to receive applications from minority air sports such as balloon pilots and, NEW THIS YEAR, in the aero model discipline, multi-rotary wing (ie drone) flyers.

Frank Hedges Butler

Album number 9 has now been added.

Chocks Away as Early Royal Aero Club Flying Records Launch Online

‘Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates’ collection reveals the names and faces of Britain’s magnificent men (and women) and their flying machines

The Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950, now available online for the first time at leading social and family history website ancestry.co.uk, contains over 28,000 records and 13,000 photographs of men and women who qualified as pi lots in the golden age of British aviation, as powered flight went from science fiction to reality.

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Work of the Royal Aero Club Trust

The RAeCT has been undertaking the huge job of conserving the Royal Aero Club Archives. To find out more about this work have a look at the following pages:


Tom Clarke's review of The Hon. C.S Rolls Albums. This was published in the Jan/Feb issue of the Flying Lady.

The in-house magazine of the BBAC - The British Balloon & Airship Club, Aerostat published an article in their June issue about the RAeCT.

Aerostat article (please note this opens as a JPEG file)

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As part of its Flying for Youth Program (FfY) the Trust has a Bursary Scheme for young people between ages 14 and 21 (24 years for follow-on bursaries - see terms & conditions. This provides financial assistance for those wishing to upgrade their existing qualification in a wide range of air sports and aviation related activities.

Trust Bursaries

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