The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and Flight Experience are pleased to announce a joint initiative to offer our “Pilots of Tomorrow” scholarship program. The program is open to high school children interested in a career as an airline pilot.

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 “Pilots of Tomorrow” program is designed to expose young children to the exciting world of aviation and especially careers as pilots. We plan to encourage and develop future professional pilots who demonstrate dedication and aptitude towards a flying career.

Scholarship Initiative

We will offer four young people the opportunity to win scholarships with a total value of $15,000. One scholarship is offered in each of the following Australian cities; Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. Candidates can apply to any of these Flight Experience locations, but cannot apply to more than one.

Each scholarship will include:

Supplied by local flight school partner – Thunderbird Aero Service

– Two x 90 minute introductory flights in a light plane
– One x 60 minute session in a general aviation flight simulator
– Two x 60 minute ‘Ground School’ briefings with a flight instructor

Supplied by Flight Experience Perth

– Three x 60 minute Cockpit Orientation Lessons in a CASA Approved Boeing 737 flight simulator
– Three x 60 minute ‘Ground School’ briefings with a commercial pilot
– One mentoring session with a current airline pilot

Eligible Candidates

Year 10, 11,  12 students can apply. Candidates will be required to:

  • Submit the “Pilots of Tomorrow” Application Form
  • Submit a video and/or 500-word essay on aviation. This could be anything from why you would like to become a pilot to a topic in aviation history; e.g. Emelia Earhart, Boeing, Qantas or any other interesting aviation story
  • Book and attend an interview at the local Flight Experience. At this interview, you will:
  1. Have a short assessment flight in our Boeing 737 flight simulator
  2. Be interviewed by an airline pilot

Important dates

2019 application dates to be announced soon.

Flight School Partner

Thunderbird Aero Service, services contracts for Aerial Work, Aircraft Charter and Flying Training.

Our training and mentoring operations focus on the intention to produce competent, qualified Commercial Pilots for our ongoing requirements, as well providing a source of pilots for client and related companies and for the aviation industry in general.

We encourage a high standard of presentation and conduct from our students and conduct all training with the intention of producing pilots with the skills required for immediate employment in the industry and not simply a paper qualification.