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The RAF Charitable Trust Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme 2016

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 2016 Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS). The RAFCT Trustees are delighted to confirm that the number of scholarship places available for the 2016 Scheme has been increased to 24 and applications will be accepted during the period 1st Dec 15 to 29th Feb 16 (inc). 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 return

Leonardo Da Vinci

The training will comprise of ground study and 15 hours of flying instruction on a light aircraft, following a recognised syllabus which may count towards the award of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). 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 and other necessary equipment will be provided to Scholarship winners.

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 16 to 30 Sep 16 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.

An online application is provided at this website. However, before making an application, personnel are required to have read, understood and accept the JRPSS Terms & Conditions, the RAFFCA Privacy Statement and the SurveyMonkey Privacy Policy which are all linked below:

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!

JRPSS 2016 Winners will be announced on this website from 12:00 on Friday 11 Mar 16.

Our 2015 applicants share their thoughts and experiences of the programme.

Cpl. Amy Foster

Amy completed her flying training at the RAF Halton Aero Club. Here is what she had to say about that first solo moment!

“Arriving at Halton Aeroplane Club on the first day, one of our briefs included the fact we could expect solo flight in 10-15 hours! The puzzled expression on my face caused my instructor to laugh!”

“Reaching 12.5 hours I knew the big event was fast approaching... After a good circuit session Lucas my instructor suggested we go in for a break, we landed, he took control and taxied back to the end of the runway, looked at me and said "It's your turn now" and just jumped out”

“I can honestly say I've never felt such fear and excitement all in one!! Such an amazing day that I'll always remember!!”

Cpl. Andy Jones

Andy completed his training at the RAF Benson Flying Club but continued flying at the RAF Waddington Flying Club and will soon have achieved his full PPL! Here is what Andy had to say....

“I’d had some flying experience in the past for birthday presents but I was really nervous about the training. It was such a steep learning curve and there is so much to think about.”

“It’s an amazing feeling when the instructor asks if you want to take the yoke for the first time, but the biggest moment was when I went solo”

“It was exciting and nerve-wracking because until then I had always had back up in case something went wrong. I will always remember the exhilaration of that flight.”

Cpl. Steve Buckley
Cpl. Steve Buckley

Cpl Steve Buckley completed the JRPSS on a PA 28 aircraft, flying from the RAF Scampton Flying Club. He has continued his training and is almost at full PPL standard, hoping to commence aerobatic training in the New Year! Steve’s thoughts...

“When I sent off the JRPSS application, I never thought I would be lucky enough to gain a place on the scheme. My instructor was superb - Capt Don Paxton and I’ll never forget when he asked me to stop on the runway, before getting out and allowing me fly a solo circuit, I couldn’t stop smiling!”

“The scheme was everything and more I could have imagined, without it I would still be talking or thinking about flying. Since completing the Scholarship I have continued training and am currently working towards achieving a Private Pilots Licence. The most rewarding, yet scary, moment was when I completed a solo land away to Nottingham Airport. The scary moment was the realisation that I was in command of the aircraft! On return to Scampton, I couldn’t believe I had flown an aeroplane by myself into a different airfield, this was a huge personal achievement and a dream come true”

“I have nearly completed my PPL and have my eyes set on aerobatic training so that I can compete in a competition next year - who would have thought it!?!?”

Click the photos below to view more successful applicants from 2015.

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