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Flying Scholars Cycle 100 Miles Raising Money For Trust

Published: 14 Jun 2019

Two Junior Ranks have cycled 100 miles, raising £500 in the process to thank the RAF Charitable Trust for awarding them the prestigious Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS).

Stationed at RAF Boulmer, AC Janjilla Chirnside and SAC Tom Dilworth, along with three other Junior Ranks, set their sights on cycling the 100-mile route to Edinburgh, between them raising over £500 for the RAF Charitable Trust and Ayre to Ayre, a charity in memory of Sergeant Anthony Ayre.

The pair were awarded the JRPSS in January and have been undertaking their flying training and exams at RAF Waddington, where they have learnt to fly solo.

Janjilla said: "This bike ride was our way of giving back to the Trust. I feel very lucky to have been awarded the JRPSS - it's given me a chance to develop, not only me as a person, but also skills and knowledge within my own trade".

Funded by the RAF Charitable Trust and run by the RAF Flying Clubs' Association, the flying scheme teaches thirty under 25s from Regular and Reserving RAF Ranks 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 is 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 Licence.

To apply for the scheme, the pair had to complete a lengthy online application detailing their knowledge of, and passion for aviation. Within the two-month window, over 200 applied.

Describing his first solo flight as a "dream come true", Tom said: "Being a JRPSS scholar is an absolute honour. The opportunities I have received so far, including the flight training and attendance at multiple air shows as a representative, have been incredible and I am very humbled to have this opportunity".

For information on next year's JRPSS and how to apply, visit

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