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JRPSS Scholars Feeling Sky High from Top-Up Grant

Published: 18 Oct 2018

Ten RAF personnel have been awarded top-up grants from the RAF Charitable Trust so that they can continue the Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS) and achieve their full Pilot's Licence.

The JRPSS is a scheme run by the RAF Charitable Trust and RAF Flying Clubs that helps serving RAF Regular and Reserve Junior Ranks go from zero flight experience to flying an aircraft solo as pilot in command.

Last month, ten scholars* were awarded a top-up grant that will enable them to progress from their first solo flight to achieving their Pilot's Licence.

Top-up recipient SAC Charlotte Peacock said: "The JRPSS has allowed me to face my anxieties with communication and meet some extraordinary people it has given me so much courage in my everyday life and it has shown me a way of finding peace when I have tough days.

"[The Top-Up Scheme] will allow me to develop myself as an individual to be able to grow and become the best version of myself not just for myself but for those around me and I have flying to thank for that."

SAC Samuel Budd added: "Having big dreams of eventually becoming an airline pilot is by no means a small task and most definitely not to be half done and without this scheme it would have been made a lot harder.

"This amazing scheme that is kindly funded by the RAF charitable trust has not only enabled me to continue with my future but has also opened many doors within the aviation world."

Learning to fly typically costs thousands of pounds - the JRPSS scheme enables under 25 year-olds to undertake 15 hours flying training on a light aircraft 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.

The scheme is just one of the many ways in which the Trust encourages air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of young people. From scholarships to getting children involved in STEM the Trust is focussed on inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton said: "It's been an amazing year for the JRPSS and the transformation of 30 JRs into accomplished pilots. I am so please for the 10 that made it to the Top-Up Scheme. The have an exciting few months of flying (and exams!) ahead."

Applications for next year's JRPSS will open in the New Year. For the most up to date information, visit

*The 2018 top-up scholars are: Samuel Budd, Timothy Cochran, Shaun Duthie, Dominic Emerson, Jack Heyes, Tristan Hyland, Tasmin Paige, Charlie Peacock, Patrick Ross and Stephanie Shultz.


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