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 2016 may be viewed by clicking here.

Website Updates - What's New

The Trust is pleased to announce a new generous bursary for 2020 to be known as The Pooleys Bursary". Get your application in before 31 March to take advantage of this new exciting opportunity.

Other additional generous financial support has been received from the Crocker family, the Andrew Brownsword Foundation and the British Parachuting Association to join the George Farha Bursary and the John Downer Bursary already announced. Why not take advantage of these additional opportunities and apply for a 2020 bursary? Application forms are now available for download.

The Trust congratulates the following past bursary winners on recent outstanding success in their chosen air sports: Lucy Westgrath (2012 & 2015 bursaries) awarded the BPA 2018 Star Award; Dan Guest (2010 & 2016 bursaries) 2018 World Parachuting Championships Freestyle Silver medalist; Daniel Weston (2018 bursary) 2018 Gold medalist BGA National Aerobatics Championships; and Carl Cox (2018 bursary) BAeB team member at the 2018 World Advanced Glider Aerobatics Championships. Well done all!  

2019 Bursaries

35 bursaries were awarded in 2019. The list of winners can be accessed via the Bursaries Page or the following link: 2019 Bursary Winners. No applications were received from micro light pilots and balloon pilots. Available Bursaries included the 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.

The Trust is hugely grateful to sponsors such as The Patron's Scholars Award, The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Peter Cruddas Foundation, Breitling, Dr. Brian Bramson, George Farha, John Downer, Andrew Brownsword, the BPA and Friends of the Trust and the Crocker family for their generous financial support of the Flying for Youth Scheme.

2020 Bursaries

Application forms and terms & conditions for 2020 bursaries are now available on this website and can be accessed via the Bursaries Page or the Quick Link opposite. The closing date for 2020 bursary applications will be 31 March 2020.

The Trust would be particularly pleased to receive applications from minority air sports, and sports that did not submit applications for 2019 bursaries such as balloon & microlight pilots, multi-rotary wing (ie drone) flyers and from disadvantaged applicants and from those whose air sport ambitions are thwarted for financial reasons

Frank Hedges Butler Albums.   All the albums have now been scanned and listed.

Royal Air Force Museum

The Trust’s collection of Royal Aero Club memorabilia is all housed at the RAF Museum.  The Museum, a long term supporter of the Trust, has been updated with new exhibits to celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force and the place of Hendon in the history of British aviation.  The Trust has contributed a number of items to the exhibition.  Full details can be seen by following the link to the Museum on the Links page.

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)

More Site Links

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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Subpages (1): Annual Report 2016