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About the The Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation

History

The Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation was originally established in 1966 under the auspices of the Royal Aero Club but was transferred to the Royal Air Squadron (RAS) in the 1990s. The purpose of the Foundation is to advance education in the art and science of aeronautics including the provision of flying, gliding and engineer related scholarships.

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the RAS which has close links with the Royal Air Force. With assets of over one million Pounds, and thanks to the generosity of members, the Foundation today supports a variety of aviation related activities. These include Group Captain John Cunningham Flying Scholarships for Air Cadets, Royal Naval gliding courses, and flying related scholarships in conjunction with Hatfield University on the site of the former de Havilland airfield. Besides this, the Foundation sponsors microlight flying in conjunction with the British Microlight Flying Association, and supports a three-year course with inner-city schools in Bristol starting with Year 9, and with involvement, in the first year, of the British Model Flying Association. The Foundation now also sponsors an international exchange of air cadets with Ukraine.
RAS members fly aspiring young pilots and people at events associated with the Foundation. A few top Air Cadets are annually presented with Geoffrey de Havilland Achievement Medals, as a reward for their commitment and prowess.

We are proud to support the Royal Air Force, in particular the sponsorship of the Royal Air Force Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA) novice aerobatic competition. To mark RAF100, in 2018, the Foundation donated a one-off special flying scholarship of a full PPL course for an RAF Airman, SAC Ryan Green of RAF Coningsby.
None of the above could be undertaken without the valuable support and sponsorship of RAS members. This is very greatly appreciated.

Trustees

  • Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen KCVO CB OBE- Chairman
  • Mr Tim Clark
  • Mr Maxi Gainza
  • The Viscount Goschen
  • Dr The Hon Gilbert Greenall CBE
  • Sir Charles Masefield CBE
  • Mr Mike Ramsden
  • Mr George Rolls
  • Mrs Polly Vacher MBE
  • Mr Simon Ames OBE – Secretary