The Royal Navy might not be the first organisation that you think of when considering a career in aviation, but they’ve been at it since before the Royal Air Force were even formed and the Fleet Air Arm still operates around the globe.  Ex Officers of the Navy’s specialist aviation branch now provide an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in military aviation to spread their wings and experience a little of what Naval Aviation has to offer.

The FAAOA Aviation Scholarship Trust awards gliding scholarships to young people who are interested in pursuing a career in military aviation. Gliding Scholarships are normally programmed to take place during the Easter and August holiday periods. The courses are subject to the rules and regulations of the British Gliding Association, (BGA) and comprise of up to eight days of intensive gliding instruction at one of three Naval Gliding Clubs.

A Puchacz glider at HMS Seahawk. Image courtesy of Flying With Sam.
A Puchacz glider at HMS Seahawk. Image courtesy of Flying With Sam.

While weather and talent are deciding factors, the courses often culminate in solo flights and top performers may be selected for further experience in military or civilian powered aircraft.

Applications are invited from the 1st of December through the FAAOA website.

Applicants for the scholarship must be:

  • Between the ages of 17 and 20  and interested in becoming a military pilot or observer
  • A British citizen
  • In full time education at school, university or college

You can read more about becoming a military aviator in our archive content.

For more about gliding with the Fleet Air Arm, check out Flying With Sam.