Three new bursaries up to £1,500 were announced by the Trust at the LAA Rally at Sywell on 1 September, which will assist ‘solo standard’ young pilots to complete their training.
For almost twenty years, the Trust, with the LAA, has supported young aviators to train for an NPPL. From 2018, the funding focus will change, covering three bursaries of up to £1,500 each. These will be open to any pilot under age 30 in UK PPL training, to help them complete their course at a time when, all too often, money starts to run out.
The funds will be lodged with the flying school of their choice and must be used exclusively for flying training or flight examinations. To qualify for these bursaries, the young pilots must already have reached ‘first solo’ standard, completed a minimum of two hours solo training, and gained the necessary medical and ground qualifications to continue their training.
“It is time to offer a wider benefit to the young pilot community, by offering assistance to help them complete their PPL training,” said LAA CEO and Armstrong-Isaacs trustee Steve Slater.
“The latterstages of the PPL are particularly financially challenging, with longer cross-country flights requiring greater outlay in aircraft rental costs. These bursaries may enable students to complete their training, when perhaps they may otherwise have had to suspend or even forego the completion of their course.”
Applications will be open from 11 September until 27 November 2017. The application form can be downloaded from the LAA website at www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk. Following a selection process, the recipients will be informed in early 2018.
The Armstrong-Isaacs Trust is based on a major donation from David Armstrong, a member of the original ULAA in 1947, a lifelong member of the PFA and its chairman from 1960 to 1964. His legacy is co-named with aircraft designer and builder John O Isaacs.