Phillip Wills Memorial Fund Scholorships

There is yet more money up for grabs from some very kind people! The Phillip Wills Scholarships are aimed at Junior pilots who want to advance their post – solo skills such as gaining an aerobatic rating, an instructor rating or to help enter the Regionals/Junior Nationals to name a few.

If you are thinking of applying, please chat to Robin or Dan first who can direct you along the correct path and help you with your application.

The deadline for you application to be in is the 6th March, so there is no need to rush it. There is only a limited number of scholarships up for grabs so you will want to make sure that your application is better than the others!!

For more information, and the application form, take a look at the following link which will lead you to the BGA website:


Again this year loads of organisations are giving away mega pounds to aspiring young glider pilots. Make sure you apply!!

All the details are on the sponsorship page on the main website. If you need any help seek out Robin or Dan who can advise you on the best way to apply.

A Couple of Updates…


A few more achievements recently. Well done to you all!I know Harry has converted to the K23 and at the annual prize giving Emily was awarded as ‘Best Ab Initio’ and Tom R with ‘Promising Young Pilot’. I’ve updated the achievements page with those that I know of. If I have missed anything then please let me know.


It’s that time of year again where many organisations are splashing their cash on young glider pilots wanted to progress their skills and qualifications. I’ve been privy to over £2000 from various very generous people over the time of my cadet ship so you really are stupid if you don’t apply yourself!! Take a look at the links on the main website and have a chat with Robin or Dan if you need any help. I’ve had a look at some and applications are already open so there is no point in hanging around.

EASA Licences 

I’m sure you are all aware that in order to fly in 2015 you will need a new EASA license (either a Sailplane Pilots License or a Light Airplane Pilots License (Sailplanes)). Now if that has you confused already Andy Roch will be holding a workshop on Sunday (15th December) at 0930 to explain all. Basically if you have a Bronze badge and XC endorsement (or expect to get them in the next few months) then it is probably worth you attending this workshop. Any issues, then speak to Robin or Dan who maybe able to help you through it.

Cadet Renewals

Early next year will be time for you to renew your cadet membership. At the moment you don’t have to do anything until you get an email. So in the meantime enjoy your flying over the winter and make sure you keep current! Hopefully there will be a string of hill soarable days to come!

Today’s pic is Harry about to go off in the K23 for the 1st time!


Free £££’s

Well done to Bradley and Emily who have both been awarded a significant amount of money from the Royal Aero Club Trust to help with their progress over the coming season. Bradley’s I expect will be to further his cross country flying and Emily’s to complete bronze and cross country endorsement! Well done to both.

Make sure you keep an eye out for when the bursary applications open again as there is a lot of money out there which people are willing to give to up and coming young pilots to further their skills (especially handy when you get to cross county endorsement which normally  involves an expensive trip in the motor glider).


Firstly, congratulations to Joe who got his bronze last weekend … just the XC endorsement to do then you can start flying around different parts of the country.

Speaking of the XC endorsement, part of the training for this requires a rather more expensive flight in the motor glider. However, it is now the time of year where various organisations start to offer bursaries and scholarships to young and aspiring pilots.  These come in many forms and the majority of which are on a link on the cadet website under the ‘Sponsorship’ tab. Now these can be used for anything from pre-solo training, the XC endorsement to advanced aerobatic flying … take a look to see what they have to offer.

If you want to know first hand then speak to some of the older juniors who have benefited from someone else paying for some of their training … Dan C, Ryan and Stefan have all had some financial help  at some stage or another.

The BGA sent out an email the other day about one bursary in particular …

2013 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries

Details of the 2013 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries have been announced. Flying bursaries of up to £1000 are available to post-solo pilots, aged between 16 and 21 to progress their interest in either air sports or aviation.

Last year, 28 bursaries were awarded of which 10 were received by glider pilots.

Applications need to be received by the BGA no later than 28 February 2013. More details are on the RAeC Trust web site at

In order to receive these emails from the BGA & also LGC then you will need to sign up to the mailing list .. links on the ‘links’ tab funnily enough on the website.