The Royal Aero Club Trust, as part of its Flying for Youth program administers a Bursary Scheme for young people.

33 bursaries were offered in 2020 and the lucky recipients were able to start training once Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. Bursaries include the new Pooleys Bursary (up to £750), The Patron's Scholars (two bursaries each worth up to £750), and a further bursary worth up to £1,000 (The Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship). Other bursaries include: The Andrew Brownsword Bursary, The Breitling Bursary, The Bramson Bursary, The George Farha Bursary, The John Downer Bursary and the Royal Aeronautical Society Bursary. A number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates were also granted. No applications were received in 2020 from balloon pilots and micro light pilots who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.

Because of the current Pandemic crisis, 19 bursary winners in 2020 successfully applied to have their bursary offers extended to 31 December 2021.

The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:

  1. Flying Bursaries/Grants for those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level and wish to upgrade their existing qualifications;
  2. Flight Simulator Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
  3. Aeromodelling Bursaries to enable flyers upgrade equipment or to gain further qualifications.
  4. Advanced Bursaries to enable well qualified air sports persons enter international or national competitions or other prestigious events or to advance their existing qualifications to a higher level to the benefit of the sport (eg to gain an instructor qualification).
The scheme and the bursaries comprise all types of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, light aircraft and the designing, building and flying model aeroplanes (including multi-rotary wing - eg drones).

Applicants for these grants must hold British Citizenship and be permanently resident in UK and aged 14-21 years; (Advanced Bursary - 24 years).


Applications for 2021 bursaries are available for downloading via links on this page now. Closing dates for applications will be 31 March 2021