The Air League is an aviation charity based-out of London, England. 

Patron 1952 – 2021: HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT
President: Sir Christopher Harper KBE FRAeS
Chairman: J B Steel QC FRAeS

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A Message from our former Patron

In 1909, when The Air League was founded, aviation was in its infancy, but the founders had the vision to recognise its potential for civil & military use. The Air League has never lost that vision & is as active as ever in promoting an interest in aviation among young people through the offer of Flying Scholarships and Bursaries; in supporting the development of effective military aviation; in stimulating internationally competitive aircraft manufacturing & air transport industries and in encouraging general aviation in this country.

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

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The Air League is the UK’s leading aviation and aerospace charity with a vision focused on changing lives through aviation. Its mission is to inspire young people by awarding scholarships & work opportunities through aviation. As the UK’s leading aviation & aerospace non-profit organisation, the Air League breaks down the perceived barriers into these industries through its scholarships & industry leading outreach programmes.


It’s easier to make things happen when you’re united behind a common goal. Our members are passionate about aviation & aerospace & are therefore committed to supporting initiatives in the sector.
They benefit by engaging in the forum we provide, which allows them to tap into all fields of the business, including key experts & sector leaders. Members’ contributions are also encouraged, & opportunities regularly arise to access senior parliamentary figures with our shared industry views & knowledge.
By offering a platform to acquire a full understanding of the sector, members of the Air League are well positioned to promote the importance of aviation & aerospace to a wider audience.


To ensure our industry maintains a consistently high profile, we rely on the help of groups & individuals outside of our Trust to work in partnership with.

Partnerships include other guilds & societies, as well as the wider business community, & professional bodies that support the aviation, aerospace & security sectors. Using our combined resources & respective networks, we can better extend our on-going projects & ensure these continue to connect with both public & political bodies.

We also welcome & encourage new members to our League from outside the industry. To this effect, we regularly recruit representatives from the business & corporate fields who have affiliations with the work we do offering an opportunity to join the conversation & share interests & ideas.


In order to positively promote the fields of aviation & aerospace in modern Britain, we provide a platform for regular forums where we debate the issues & opportunities that help us progress the cause.

By involving our members, we are able to confirm areas of priority to focus our resources in the most effective way. & by keeping informed, we’re in a strong position to effect change, & to drive necessary reforms that are relevant to the aviation & aerospace industry.

Given the broad spectrum of backgrounds & specialties that form our membership, we are able to tap into a large reserve of knowledge & skills. So when submitting reports & submissions, giving talks & meeting establishment figures, we are providing a well-informed voice for the many people who work in the industry, or who benefit from its work.


Given the scale of projects associated with the aviation & aerospace industry, including national security & defence, it is necessary to communicate, inform & educate at a very high level. The Air League is unique in offering regular forums in Westminster which enable politicians from both Houses to meet key players across aviation & aerospace, & develop their understanding of the important issues of the day.

Around five such briefings are arranged each year, giving parliamentarians, including those at the highest level of Government & those with immediate responsibility for aviation, defence & security, detailed insights into those issues. These events in Westminster are sponsored & supported by a group of more than 100 Parliamentary Members of the Air League, who appreciate & support the work of the Air League, & whom often benefit in subsequent senior government positions from the knowledge & involvement in the sector.


Over the past decade, Scholarships worth over £2 million have been allocated to young people across the UK. We look for individuals that have a passion for aviation & aerospace & the determination to succeed.

2021 will see again changes to our scholarships & bursaries for which we will endeavour to deliver the maximum impact to our beneficiaries. New opportunities are already being introduced that will enhance the career pathways of future pilots, aspiring engineers & many other professional aviation disciplines.

The Air League offers the broadest range of scholarships & bursaries in the UK, with over 100 opportunities being awarded annually.

If you are considering a career in aviation & aerospace, the Air League can offer you unrivalled support & help.

How old do you have to be to apply for the scholarships?

Some of our programmes and scholarships are intended for 14–18-year-olds, others have no age limit! Each scholarship, bursary or programme has slightly different criteria as we try help a range of people at different stages of their careers.

For instance, the 12-hour flying scholarship, you must be a minimum of 17 when applying and turn 18 by the 1st June 2021. We accept applications from anyone up to the age of 35.

Other scholarships, bursaries and programmes have different age requirements so please check the T&Cs at the beginning of each application before applying.

Do I need previous flying experience to apply for a scholarship?

No. Flying and gliding scholarships are intended for those with very little or no flying experience. Flying bursaries do require previous experience.

Do I have to be an Air League member to apply?

Yes. A valid Air League membership is required to apply for scholarships and bursaries.

Please email us if you cannot locate your membership number.

What qualifications do I need to have?

Each scheme is different and for many, no qualifications are required. For some of our flying scholarships which are intended for those individuals aspiring to become pilots, the academic requirements are line with the minimum requirements as set out by the CAA.

When will the scholarships be open for applications?

Scholarships and bursaries are now open. All applications must be received by 12pm on Monday the 14th June.

Do I have to be British to apply?

No. But you do have to be a resident in the UK or be studying here permanently.

I already have a PPL. Can I apply for the 12-hour scholarship?

No. The 12-hour scholarships are intended for those yet to achieve a PPL.

Should you require support post-PPL, you may wish to consider applying for our Flying Bursary Scheme. The bursary funding can be used for a range of purposes including hours building, instrument ratings etc.

I have a disability. Am I eligible?

You may well be as every case is different and we have a range of schemes on offer. Please get in touch to arrange for a discussion with a member of staff and we will be able to provide you with further information and support.

Are you able to provide feedback?

Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide individual feedback on application forms. We will however send out some generic guidance to you around how you can improve your application for next time.

Everyone who has been progressed to an interview, will be provided with some form of written feedback or a telephone conversation with the assessors.


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