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Joseph, Air League Flying Scholar

The scholarship was thoroughly enjoyable, the opportunity to complete the twelve hours of flying in a short period of time meant progression was quick and I really took a lot away with me from the experience. The staff at South Warwickshire Flying School were fantastic and very supportive over the duration of the flying and would definitely recommend the school to any future scholars. 

I am so grateful for having been given this opportunity by the sponsors. It has really helped in my career development and having this flying experience will be very useful in my upcoming role in flight test and development. I believe that completing the scholarship helped secure the placement as it showed I have an interest and some understanding of the flying side of the role as well as the engineering aspect. 

Finally, I would like to thank the staff at the Air League. The scholarships on offer are a real stepping stone for young people looking to get into the industry and I couldn’t be more grateful for having been awarded this flying scholarship.


Chia-Man, Air League Flying Scholar

Ever since I was a kid, I had dreamed of flying, but never thought that would be something accessible to me. I started out gliding at our university gliding club two years ago and was still hoping to learn to fly a powered aircraft one day. This flying scholarship made my summer one of the best ones I have ever had. Initially I was going to go on a two-week residential course, but I discovered I could also be using this scholarship towards learning to fly a motorglider with the goal of adding a TMG rating to my glider license.

I would like to express my gratitude towards Air League and Swire Charitable Trust to have given me this incredible opportunity to learn to fly, which would not have been possible otherwise. It not only helped me gain flying skills, but also helped me develop more confidence and made me believe that nothing is impossible. I am more than ever determined to complete the training and continue flying.

P.S. The photo was taken after my first solo at MotorGlide, Enstone.


Matthew, Air League Flying Scholar

My name is Matthew and I was fortunate enough to be selected for an Air League Scholarship as part of the Air League’s Scholarship programme. I would like to say a massive thank you for supporting me for this incredible opportunity, and it has truly helped me progress in terms of achieving my lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot and flying for a career.

 During my flying scholarship, I was based at Booker Aviation, Wycombe Air Park. I was very fortunate to be provided expert flying training by multifarious pilots from different aviation backgrounds, in addition to the accommodation and the messing allowance which was also included. Throughout the week, I had the opportunity to meet an array of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, as well as being exposed to multiple aircraft: flying in the Cessna 152, the PA28, as well as being surrounded by rotary aircraft as well as gliders.

The training consisted of ground school on a daily basis which was extremely captivating, and it was a true joy to learn about the laws of the sky, as well as many other aviation aspects including: meteorology, the aircraft’s functions, the purpose and function of the aircraft’s equipment, principles of flight, in addition to radio procedures and many more specialist areas. Moreover, with the accommodation close by, I was able to study daily and perform my ‘arm chair’ revision as often as I so chose, as well as being able to visit the airport on my rest days as well, in order to sit in the aircraft and practice my checks even further.

Another great outcome of the training was the opportunity to meet fellow aviation enthusiasts as well as being able to share my love of flying by being able to help out with the British Airways Centenary presentations on behalf of the Air League, allowing me to hopefully have inspired them to chase their dreams of flying too, on top of my role of hosting and guiding young aviators around the airport and the aircraft.

The highlight of the training however, was of course the flying. It was incredible, and I am counting down the days before I can get back in the cockpit and pick up from where I left off! Practicing the basic straight and level flight controls and advancing into the emergency procedures in the circuit, stall recoveries, different landing and taking off configurations, in addition to many more lesson topics, was absolutely thrilling. 

I would like to take the time once again to say a massive thank you to the Air League of course, for granting me this honour and what is undoubtedly an incredible step towards advancing my flying career, and achieving that childhood, and what remains a strong dream and ambition to this day, of becoming a professional pilot. Every day I walk to work looking up at the skies, counting the days before I can get back into the cockpit and continue with my flying career, a step which the Air League helped to make possible.

Rebecca, Air League Flying Scholar

My name is Rebecca Norman and I was fortunate enough to receive one of your scholarships via the Air League.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for this amazing experience as you have enabled me to receive just under 12 hours of flying towards my PPL. I already had some hours before my scholarship began in July at Wycombe Air park. Becoming a pilot has always been an aspiration of mine since I was very young and joining Air cadets myself, fuelled this dream further.  I was in Air Cadets for four years and then CCF for a further two years. During this time, I was able to fly in a Grobb tutor and even in a Chinook! Air cadets was pivotal in keeping my passion for aviation and flying alive. This passion has not changed one bit as I am now studying Airport management with Commercial pilots licence at Bucks New University. 

After my scholarship, I have continued with my PPL and have since flown solo in a Cessna 152. This has been an amazing experience! I am close to finishing my PPL with a few navigational flights, a cross country solo and skills test to complete before gaining my licence.

I wanted to highlight that with the aid of your scholarship, this has taken me one step further towards a career in aviation and for that I am eternally grateful. My aim is to inspire other young people to enjoy and become as passionate about flying as I am. I am always happy to come in to speak to Air Cadets about my journey so far.

Once again thank you so much for this scholarship, it has been an honour but most of all thank you for allowing me to get closer to making my dream a reality. 

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