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 2011 may be viewed by clicking here.

Website Updates - What's New

2013 Bursaries

A record 37 bursaries were awarded in 2013 and the list of winners can be accessed via the Bursaries Page or the following link: 2013 Bursary Winners.

2014 Bursaries

The Trust is pleased to announce two additional bursaries in 2014 (each worth up to £500) donated by the MacRobert Trust.

Application forms and terms & conditions for 2014 bursaries are now available on line and accessed via the Bursaries Page or the Quick Link opposite. The closing date for application forms is 31 March 2014..

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 pilots 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 16 and 21. 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

The Royal Aero Club Trust
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