Only 5-6% of professional pilots in the UK and worldwide are women. The percentages in general aviation are similar. Much of this is due to lack of information and opportunity. One of our key aims as an organisation is ‘to promote the training and employment of women in aviation, and the promotion of practical schemes to assist women to gain air licences.’ For this reason, a proportion of our membership fees is used to fund scholarships. In addition, we actively work with partner organisations to extend what we are able to offer, and so help to raise awareness and aspirations.
This year, we were delighted to offer ten scholarships to female pilots – read about our winners and their flying ambitions!
The scholarships available were:
- BWPA Flying Start Scholarships
Two scholarships, each for £1000, for new, inexperienced pilots to gain their first qualifications
- BWPA Flying High Scholarships
Two scholarships, each for £1000, for licensed pilots who wish to gain further qualifications
- BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Ground School Scholarship
A scholarship for the full value of the CATS Aviation Training, Luton ground school CPL/ATPL (A or H) course
- BWPA Bristol Groundschool ATPL Scholarships
Two scholarships, each for half the value of the Bristol Groundschool ATPL (A or H) course
- BWPA Wings Alliance Scholarship
A scholarship for the full value of a Wings Alliance Airline Pilot Assessment
- BWPA Easy PPL Ground School Scholarships
Two scholarships, each for the full value of an Easy PPL ground school course