The Charity encourages keen, ambitious young adults and the less experienced to develop their flying aptitude, professional knowledge and qualifications through the provision of scholarships and focused funding. The Charity supports planned individual development on fixed wing aircraft, gliders, microlights and for military sport parachuting. With close links to the Flying Services, it also supports the Air Cadet Organisation.
The Charity supports a variety of aviation related activities through funds developed from assets and the generosity of Royal Air Squadron members. These include trophies and awards for air cadets in the UK and abroad; Royal Naval gliding courses; flying instructor courses with the British Gliding Association, British Microlight Flying Association and Royal Air Force Sport Aircraft; pilot engineer flying scholarships at the University of Hertfordshire; and military sport parachuting team development. The Charity also manages the Sir John Thomson Spirit of Aviation Initiative with inner-city schools and the Air Cadet Organisation in Bristol. Future plans include assisting with post-graduate flight handling courses and air engineering apprentice training.
We are proud to support the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association Gliding Scholarship Programme and the Royal Air Force Sport Aircraft novice aerobatics competition. We also support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sport Parachute Association, the Army Parachute Association and in the future, the Royal Air Force Sport Parachute Association with team and competition training. We also support the Royal Air Force Air Cadet Organisation top-performing individual and school team trophy competitions, providing funding for air-related activity and an Arkwright STEM Scholarship.
The Charity sponsors an international exchange of Air Cadets with Ukraine, although this is currently on hold. We also support Air Cadet awards in Estonia, South Africa and with the United States Air Force. None of this could be undertaken without the valuable and greatly appreciated support and sponsorship of Royal Air Squadron members.