Thirty Royal Air Force Junior Ranks from across the country are soaring into the weekend on a high, after hearing the news that they have been selected for the prestigious Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme
The RAF Charitable Trust-funded pilot scholarship scheme, run by the RAF Flying Clubs’ Association (RAFFCA) will enable the thirty to learn about Air Law, Meteorology and Navigation, helping them go from zero flight experience to flying an aircraft solo as pilot in command.
All necessary equipment to undertake the training at selected RAF flying clubs will also be
provided through the scholarship, including flying suits and study packs.
Following a recognised syllabus, the training may count towards the award of a Light Aircraft Pilot
This years winners are listed below:
To apply for the scheme, the Junior Ranks had to complete a lengthy online application detailing
their knowledge of, and passion for aviation. Within the two-month window, over 200 applied.
Upon completion of the scholarship, candidates can also apply to the prestigious JRPSS Top-Up-
Scheme which provides additional funding for a select number of applicants to continue their flying
training and gain their Private Pilot’s Licence.
JRPSS spokesman Ben said:
“This year, we were overwhelmed with the number of applications
but these thirty particularly stood out from the crowd – their passion for aviation was undeniable
and I think they will really thrive on the scheme”.
The JRPSS was launched in 2015 to improve the air-mindedness of Junior Ranks by offering them
flying experience and the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the
technologies used in aviation. Last year, the scheme celebrated its 100 th scholar.
RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton said:
“The JRPSS is a hugely popular initiative that
embodies our mission to get young people involved in aviation – each year the 30 successful
scholars never cease to impress with their determination to secure a scholarship”.
To keep up-to-date on information for next year’s pilot scholarship, visit www.jrfly.co.uk.