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

2014 Bursaries

28 bursaries were awarded in 2014 and the list of winners can be accessed via the Bursaries Page or the following link: 2014 Bursary Winners. No applications were received from light aircraft, balloon, micro light and flight simulator pilots and from aero modelling enthusiasts. New bursaries available this year include the MacRobert Trust Bursaries. Well done to all successful applicants.

2015 Bursaries

Application forms and terms & conditions for 2015 bursaries are now available and accessed via the Bursaries Page or the Quick Link opposite.

A number of changes have been made to the scheme. Applications are now welcome from ages 14 to 21 years. Light aircraft pilots are eligible for a bursary once they have successfully flown solo. Trainee Balloon pilots can apply for a grant to assist pay for mandatory examinations. And a new category of Follow-On Bursary has been introduced for advanced air sport persons up to the age of 24 years. Terms and conditions apply.

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 14 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

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