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Sky's The Limit For Junior Ranks, Says Trust

Published: 19 Dec 2014   updated: 27 Jan 2015

The opportunity to learn to fly is being offered to members of the RAF Junior Ranks thanks to a new initiative funded by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust in partnership with the RAF Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA).

The Junior Ranks' Pilot Scholarship Scheme 2015 will enable up to eight people to learn to fly and achieve solo standard in a light aircraft. All of the flying undertaken can be logged towards the award of a full Flying Licence such as the National Private Pilot's Licence (NPPL).

The training will take place at Flying Clubs based at RAF Halton, RAF Cosford, RAF Waddington, RAF Leuchars and Kinloss Barracks.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Amanda Butcher said: "Trustees were impressed with the quality of the bid submitted by the RAFFCA and shared the view that a scholarship scheme would provide valuable training opportunities that might not otherwise be available.

"Although many members of the RAF Junior Ranks operate in an aviation-rich environment, there is little opportunity for them to get airborne. To acquire the mindset and skills of a pilot can only serve to enhance their understanding of the Service and the roles they perform.

"The scheme is just one of the many ways in which the RAF Charitable Trust supports RAF servicemen and women and encourages a spirit of air-mindedness. Trustees are confident it will prove a great success."

RAFFCA Chairman Gp Capt Al Seymour said: "The RAFFCA and RAF Charitable Trust both strive to promote air-mindedness and this scheme provides an unrivalled opportunity for junior members of the RAF to take part in powered flying. The training and experience that our young airmen and women will gain from this will, without doubt, enhance their understanding of aviation and allow them to take the first steps towards their PPL."

Further details, plus an application form can be found at the RAF Flying Clubs Association website Anyone holding the rank of Corporal or below is eligible to apply for a scholarship. The deadline for application is March 1, 2015. Successful candidates will be selected in March.

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