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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Flight Experience and Pinstripe Solutions are pleased to announce a joint initiative to offer our Aspiring Pilots scholarship program. The program is open to all high school students considering commercial aviation as a possible career.

The aviation industry is experiencing extraordinary growth and according to Boeing and Airbus, over 600,000 pilots are required in the next 20 years. This is more airline pilots than have been trained since the dawn of air travel!

The Aspiring Pilots program is designed to introduce young adults to the exciting world of aviation and to help inspire the next generation of commercial pilots. This scholarship is valued at around $2000* and covers ground school briefings, guided Boeing 737 simulator sessions and interview and industry preparedness coaching. See below for more detailed information.

*value based on the Career Starters program.

"Almost everyone who sets out to be a pilot starts this dedicated and expensive journey without ever having seen a real aircraft flight-deck or understanding what it actually means to be a commercial pilot." - Ben Evans, Flight Experience CEO


Scholarship interview and selection process will be conducted at the following locations. Ability to attend the sessions at one of these locations is the responsibility of the applicant. During the application process, you will be required to select a preferred location for where your sessions will be held.

Flight Experience is in a unique position to offer high school students a real look into the life of a commercial airline pilot. Nowhere else can you easily access and operate a genuine training simulator and talk to real commercial pilots. Flight Experience is not a flight school, this means we provide unbiased information and knowledge about the best paths into the industry.

Who is this Scholarship for?

We are offering two different programs, for different age groups:

1) Early Starters - This program is geared towards those in year 9 and 10 and aims to inspire and encourage a career in aviation from an earlier stage. If you are in year 9 or 10 and think you might like to be a pilot one day, then sign up! we'll show you what it's all about and provide guidance and recommendations for getting through high school with the best subjects and achievements. Then, as you enter year 11 and 12, you can apply for our 'Career Starters' program. Early Starters scholarship award valued at over $1000.

2) Career Starters - This award will be given to the most deserving candidate from either year 11 or 12. With this course, we are looking to help those ready to take their first steps towards an aviation career and help guide them into the right-hand seat of a commercial jet. Career Starters scholarship award valued at over $2000.

Important Dates for 2019

  • July 1st - Applications open
  • August 31st - Applications close
  • October - Selection process completed - recipient announced
Successful applicants will be able to schedule their flights and sessions at their own convenience. Simply work with your local Flight Experience store to organise this.