Sponsorships and Opportunities
These are run in conjunction with the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association. Four scholarships are awarded each year and the courses are run generally during August. They are open to all who can demonstrate an interest in naval flying, and students usually go solo during their week on the course. RAS members assist with some flying and cross-country navigation.
John Cunningham Flying Scholarships
These are for Air Cadets. Two are awarded annually to PPL standard; the awards are in conjunction with the RAF Charitable Trust who award a further nine places. At the end of the year two Foundation trophies are presently to the top two of the eleven chosen, namely:
The Group Captain John Cunningham Bust
This is awarded annually to the cadet who gains the highest marks in all aspects of flying ability.
The John Hogg Memorial Prize
This is awarded annually to the cadet who is assessed to be the be the best all-round individual, taking into account leadership skills, academic performance, air-mindedness, enthusiasm, personal qualities including preparation and organisation, and the ability to get on with others, as well as ability in the air.
University of Hertfordshire Flying Scholarships
The University of Hertfordshire offers a degree course in Aerospace Engineering with Flying Studies. The GdHFF has offered flying scholarships, as part of these studies, since 2007. The main purpose is to offer funds to help gain an Instrument Rating. Applicants must be from amongst those embarked on the degree course. One of these Scholarships is in the name of former Royal Air Squadron member, Professor John Houlder. The handsome trophies are awarded annually at Hatfield in April.
Microlight Flying Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded each year and managed by the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA). These are awarded on merit to those who cannot otherwise afford it, with the aim to encourage students in the art of aviation.
The Ukraine Cadet Exchange
Following a visit by RAS members to Ukraine in 2013, it was decided to invite two cadets from Ukraine to the United Kingdom, sponsored by the RAS. The programme began in 2014 and was an immediate success. Since then it has grown in to an exchange of Cadets with the UK. This takes place during July each year as a part of the International Air Cadet Exchange Scheme, based around events at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
None of the above could be undertaken without valuable sponsorship by RAS members. This is very greatly appreciated.