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 2018 Annual Report may be viewed by clicking here.

Website Updates - What's New

2023 Bursary winners have been announced.  Applications forms for 2024 bursaries are available using the links on the Bursaries page and may be submitted at any time from the 1st September.  The closing date for 2024 applications will be 31 March 2024.


Interested in the origins of aviation and the promotion of air sports?

The Trust invites applications from persons interested in the management of the Trust to join as Trust Secretary & Treasurer. No formal qualifications are necessary but experience of committee management and the management of small budgets are desirable.

Interested? Contact Peter Crispin (secretary@royalaeroclubtrust.org) for a job description and to submit an application.

Closing date for applications: 15 January 2024

2023 Bursaries

The closing date for 2023 applications was 31 March 2023. 35 bursaries have been awarded. The recipients include light aircraft pilot, glider pilots, skydivers, a paraglider pilot, and an aeromodelling enthusiast.

Three Advanced bursaries were awarded to exceptionally well qualified applicants seeking advanced qualifications including instructor qualifications and to take part in international or national competitions  

The Trust is hugely grateful to sponsors such as The Peter Cruddas Foundation, Dr. Brian Bramson, George Farha, John Downer, Andrew Brownsword, Friends of the Trust, the Crocker family, and Pooley Flight Equipment Ltd for their generous financial support of the Flying for Youth Scheme.

The list of 2023 bursary winners is published on the Bursaries page.

Royal Aero Club Collection

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.

Visit the Royal Aero Club Collection site for more.

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