In association with the RAF Flying Clubs’ Association (RAFFCA), the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) now welcomes applications from serving RAF Regular and Reserve Junior Ranks for the 2018 Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS). The RAFCT Trustees are delighted to confirm that 30 scholarship places will be awarded and hope that the 100th JRPSS scholar will achieve solo standard during the RAF’s Centenary Year. Applications will be accepted during the period 1 Dec 17 to 31 Jan 18 (inc) only. Applications received after this period will not be considered.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to returnLeonardo Da Vinci
The training will comprise of 15 hours flying training on a light aircraft as well as ground study and examinations in core subjects such as Air Law, Meteorology and Navigation. Following a recognised syllabus, the training may count towards the award of a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). Selected RAF Flying Clubs will deliver the flying training on behalf of the RAFCT and applicants should note that, if successful, they may be allocated to a club that is some distance from their home stn. Training study packs, supporting documentation and apparel will be provided to Scholarship winners. Upon successful completion of their flying scholarship, those JRs wishing to do so will be invited to apply for the JRPSS Top-Up-Scheme (TUS). Also funded by the RAFCT, the aim of the TUS is designed to help a selected few JRPSS scholars continue their flying training course and achieve the LAPL.
In consultation with the Officer In Charge (OIC) and Head of Training (HoT) of their allocated RAF Flying Club, successful applicants will be expected to arrange their own flying training schedules. However, applicants are to note that all flying training must be completed during the set training period of 1 Apr 18 to 30 Sep 18 only. Furthermore, applicants should not underestimate the personal commitment required to complete the Scholarship Scheme and are advised to consider whether their work, family and additional commitments during the set training period will allow them to undertake the JRPSS without issue.
The RAFCT Trustees and RAFFCA Execs wish you the best of luck with your application - the JRPSS really is a wonderful opportunity for any aviation-minded Junior Rank to achieve a flying licence and, fingers crossed your first flying lesson isn’t that far away..... shortly followed by your first solo flight of course!
Will you be the 100th JRPSS Scholar to fly solo in the RAF Centenary Year?
Applicants should look out for updates on the selection process and additional JRPSS information through the following social media streams. Winners will be announced at 1200 on Monday 12 February 2018.
Will that 100th solo flight in the Centenary year be yours?