With close links to the Royal Air Force, the GDEHFF has, for many years, assisted young people in advancing their education in the art and science of aeronautics, including the provision of flying, gliding, and engineering related scholarships. Originally established in 1966 under the auspices of the Royal Aero Club, the GdeHFF was transferred to the Royal Air Squadron in the 1990's.
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 scholarships in conjunction with Hertfordshire University at Hatfield, the site of the former de Havilland airfield. Besides this, the Foundation sponsors microlight flying in conjunction with the British Microlight Flying Association, and devised and manages the Sir John Thomson Spirit of Aviation Initiative with four inner-city schools in Bristol, starting with year 9.
We are proud to support the Royal Air Force, in particular the Royal Air Force Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA) novice aerobatics 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.
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 presented with Geoffrey de Havilland Achievement medals, as a reward for their commitment and prowess.
None of this could be undertaken without the valuable support and sponsorship of RAS members. This is greatly appreciated.