Since being established in 1998 the Royal Aero Club Trust has developed very rapidly. At present its prime focus is fund raising and the preparation of grant applications in pursuit of its objectives. Those objectives include:
Helping Young People
The Trust's main aim is to enable young people to achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential through participation in air sports and recreation. It recognises that many young people cannot engage or experience the thrill of aviation and airsport due to social or financial exclusion, or perhaps a lack of contact or opportunity. The Trust, particularly through its Flying for Youth Programme, is working to give everyone access to airsport, particularly disadvantaged young people.
Aviation Heritage and Memorabilia
The Trust through its connection with The Royal Aero Club is concerned to maintain and enhance the presentation of over one hundred years of aviation history represented by artefacts, memorabilia and archive documents originally owned by the Club and now owned by the Trust.The Club's archive and memorabilia are stored at The Royal Air Force Museum Hendon. The Trust's volunteers are continuing with cataloguing the archive and, by scanning and digitising as many items as possible, making it available to the public worldwide. Should high quality images be needed, such as for publication, they can be obtained on request to the Trust.
The image displays the Rolls Trophy presented in 1908.
Research into Airsport
Working together with individual researchers and learned societies, as future resources permit, The Trust aims to promote research into air sport and to publish and disseminate useful results of such research by meetings, conferences and publications.