At RAF stations all around the UK and overseas on Friday the 23rd February 2018, good news was delivered to the 30 successful applicants of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust‘s Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme. One of the winners is RAF Airman SAC Connor Sedgmore, serving in the Royal Air Force as a Junior Rank Firefighter. The RAFFCA Media team were on site along with his colleagues to pass the incredible news that he has been awarded a Pilot Scholarship.
You can watch the day unfold below as we reveal the incredible news with help from Forces Radio, BFBS Cyprus‘s Jade Callaway.
The Scholarship is run through the Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS) which is funded by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, the sister charity to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the worlds largest military air show.
SAC Connor Sedgmore applied for the Scholarship in January this year through the jrfly.co.uk website.
The RAF Flying Clubs Association Media Team were informed of his successful application and sought the opportunity to surprise him at his home base RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus where he serves overseas.
SAC Connor Sedgmore is one of 100 Junior Ranks to receive a Pilot Scholarship from the RAF Charitable Trust since the schemes inception. Connor along with 31 other scholars will begin their flight training towards a Pilots licence this year, the Royal Air Forces Centenary Year.
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RAF Charitable Trust
Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme
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.