Upward Bound Trust* – has the specific aim of sending 16 to 21 year olds solo. Costs to solo vary depending on your circumstances. Disadvantaged youths who can demonstrate a desire to learn have previously been trained for no cost, with maximum costs to all limited to very affordable levels. All the Upward Bound asks in return is dedication in terms of help running the airfield and keeping the launch rate moving! Contact: Dave Bramwell on 07887 623529.
Royal Navy Gliding Scholarships* – These Awards cover the full cost of a gliding course (about eight days), food and accommodation in the Officers' Mess at the appropriate Naval Air Station, or Naval Establishment, and all travel costs. Held at Lee-on-Solent, Yeovilton and Culdrose. www.faasquadron.org.uk
Cadetships* – Most clubs around the country offer reduced rates to students learning to glide in exchange for help around the club and the operation. Availability is country wide. These range from free membership to free launches and/or soaring fees in return for a day of work. If the club near you does not offer such a scheme why not see if you can set it up yourself? The majority of glider pilots realise that for gliding to survive and grow, young members must be encouraged. Details of clubs in the Find-a-Club section.
Air Cadets* – The Air Cadets offer several different levels of training for 13 to 20 year olds; training in Grob Tutors, Vikings or the Grob 109b motorglider. These can take you from a novice all the way to becoming an instructor. For example, courses of 40 launches in a Viking or 8hrs in a Vigilant are available. Cadets have the opportunity of gliding camps in the summer, which can include rides in operational aircraft with the RAF. Some are even lucky enough to have a trip in a fast jet! www.aircadets.org
Royal Aeronautical Society Scholarships* – Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarships. This year, scholarships are being awarded to individuals to cover some of the cost of tuition fees in the MEng/MSc year of study for a BEng student, and postgraduate tuition fees to students who have, normally, already completed at least two years of study in an aerospace-related field. Students on other, BSc/BA programmes may be eligible to apply for funding for the final undergraduate year. More details are on the RAeS web site. The closing date for applications is 31st May 2013. Note that there are no RAeS flying scholarships available this year.
The Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets*** - Scholarships for gliding via Ducat-Amos Gliding Scholarships. Last year six grants were awarded for 12-20 year olds. These comprised a weekend course at a local gliding club. www.gvcac.org.uk
GAPAN* In 2013, the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators (GAPAN) are making five gliding scholarships available. The scholarships are available to help any pilot (or prospective pilot) aged 14 or over (on 1st June), who might otherwise not have the necessary resources, to achieve their first solo. Training can be carried out at any BGA Junior Gliding Centre between 1 July and 31 August 2013. The scholarships will cover direct training costs and BGA ’A’ Certificate application costs. Please note the short deadline for applications - 13 March. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection interview in London on 3rd May. More details and an application form are on the GAPAN web site.
Aim Higher* -
The BGA, in association with Marsh Insurance, has launched the Aim Higher programme. This is designed to help young pilots (aged under 26 at time of application) to improve their soaring skills and airmanship through coaching. As part of the initiative, we have a number of coaching bursaries available, each of a few hundred pounds.. These can be used at any BGA club in any appropriate and creative way to improve an individual young pilot's skills and aid progress towards one or more goals. If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries, please write to Mike Fox and Alison Randle (via EMail to email@example.com) describing your age, aims in gliding, experience to date, where you glide and explaining why you are worthy of the money. There is no application form and applications must be received by 11 August 2012. At year end, recipients will need to write a short thank you describing what the programme has helped them with. This may appear in S&G and may be used by Marsh.
Caroline Trust** – Founded in 1999, The Caroline Trust awards bursaries to young people, generally under the age of 18 years old, and to disabled people of any age who want to try gliding. In 2006, 26 bursaries were awarded – 14 to cadets to allow them to go solo and 2 to disabled pilots. firstname.lastname@example.org and www.carolinetrust.org.uk
BGA Courses* – The BGA usually runs these courses for UK pilots every year, involving personal tuition. Briefings give a good insight into techniques for soaring and cross-country training for all age groups and abilities. Junior pilots (under 26) have generally been eligible for a saving of 50 per cent on soaring fees and in previous years an entire “young person’s soaring course” has been run at no charge to individuals. Course fees for Soaring and Instructor courses are 50% of full fee for Junior pilots. Keep an eye on www.juniorgliding.co.uk for 2012 details
The Air League* - The Air League Educational Trust generously provides a number of Gliding Scholarships each year to help young people develop their gliding skills. Applications are now being accepted for 2011 scholarships and these must be received by the Air League by the end of February 2011. These gliding scholarships offer financial assistance for cross-country gliding, aerobatic gliding or SLMG flying to gain flying experience and new qualifications. Applicants must be 16 but under 26 on 1 April 2011. Full information and application forms are available on the Air League web site.
Royal Aero Club Trust* - The RAeC Trust annually awards bursaries to young pilots, aged 16-21, who have already reached solo standard to enable them to achieve greater competence in their particular air sport. Bursaries of up to £1000 are available to help recipients advance from one recognized level of air sport to the next (for example, gain your bronze badge or XC endorsement). Applications for 2014 bursaries in respect of gliding have to be endorsed by the BGA. These need to be received at the BGA office 10 March 2014. Full details are on the RAeC Trust website.
Royal Aeronautical Society Scholarships* –Once again, the Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarship Fund has generously provided funding for us to offer up to 15 flying scholarships in 2012. The scholarships are available to young glider pilots both pre- and post-solo. To apply, you must be between 16 and 25 years of age Applications must be made to the BGA by 31 January 2011. Full details, including an online application form are on the JuniorGliding web site.
Air Cadet Scholarships* - The GAPAN scholarship scheme for Air Cadets has been extended for 2011 to include any junior pilot who first soloed during 2011. These provide £200 towards post-solo flying. See the Junior Gliding site for details.
Junior Nationals* – These offer a tremendous opportunity for pilots under the age of 26 to gain competition experience (and have a great time!). The flying skills attained, personal life training and the friends made here are second to none. To become a part of the “Juniors” (as they are more commonly known) all you have to be is 16 to 25 years old with a Silver Badge or higher qualification. The Junior Nationals competition is held each year and owes its success to the dedication of many people. Through their relentless effort, generous sponsors and support from one donor in particular, last year each pilot received up to five launches and the entry fee, thus allowing young pilots of all backgrounds the opportunity to compete virtually for free! The success of junior pilots speaks for itself: UK pilots have won the last three World Junior Championships and in 2006 ex-junior pilots won Gold and Bronze medals at the World Championships. So if your ambitions are partying solidly or winning the worlds, this is the place to start. Haven’t got Silver yet? Don’t worry; you can still take part with a free place in the BGA two-seater scheme.
Barron Hilton Cup** – (by invitation only) For pilots who achieve the greatest accolades possible such as world records or extraordinary flights there is an opportunity of competing in the Barron Hilton Cup. The prize offered is an invitation for the pilot to participate in the flying camp at the Flying M Ranch at the edge of the Sierra Nevada, with airfares provided from Honolulu to the ranch and return, and accommodation at the ranch for pilot and accompanying person. http://barronhiltoncup.org