Flight Training Sponsorship

Flight Training Sponsorship for Cadet Pilots

Ways to enter the industry if you don’t have the money

What are the flight training sponsorship options for prospective airline pilots?

In recent history, there have been few opportunities available for prospective pilots who don’t have the extensive finances required to fund commercial flight training. We are starting to see some positive movements, with Aer Lingus recently offering flight training for which 75% of the costs are covered by the airline.

We have started to compile a list of sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries programs:

Airways Aviation – Part Flight Training Sponsorship

Airways Aviation are now offering £35,000 towards the cost of the their integrated flight training program. The application window closes on the 30th April 207. Applicants must meet the same criteria as stated for their Integrated Training entry requirements whilst also being an UK or Irish Passport Holder. These include:

  • Have a valid Class One Medical
  • Hold 5 GCSE’s passes
  • Be at least 18 years old

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (GAPAN)

 Formerly the Guild of Pilot and Navigators, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots offer a range of scholarships every year. This includes:

  • Private Pilots Licence
  • Theoretical Air Transport Pilots Licence Training
  • Flight Instructor Ratings
  • Jet Orientation Courses
  • Gliding Scholarships
  • Instrument Rating Bursaries

Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund (MMBF)

The fund welcomes applications from anywhere in the world and aims to support individuals whose careers are at standstill due to having no resources to move their careers forward. The foundation was formed by Mathetes Chihwai better known by his stage name Matthew C. Martino.

 According to the MMBF’s website applicants will be allowed to apply for up to three different grants or sponsorships and although some grants are age restricted the Trustee’s will be open to reviewing applicants from other applicants who feel they qualify for sponsorship.

West Atlantic Cadet Program

West Atlantic usually run a fully sponsored cadet program approximately once a year. If you have a PPL, they offer to cover the costs of all of your flight training to obtain a frozen Air Transport Licence before going on to fly one of their aircraft.

To apply for the program you are required to hold the following:

  •  Private Pilots Licence (which can be sponsored through GAPAN)
  • A Class One Medical (see our “Medical Requirements” section for more information)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (European citizen)