Our previous article on Aerobility helping disabled people to fly, attracted a lot of interest. If you were one of those who would like to learn to fly but cannot afford it, then Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) might be able to help.

The FSDP’s mission is to inspire disabled adults, building their confidence, self-esteem and future aspirations through the sharing of life changing aviation experiences.

Life changing experience inspired by Sir Douglas Bader

Inspired by legendary WWII flying ace, Group Captain Douglas Bader, the FSDP was setup in 1983 as a living memorial to his indomitable spirit and offers scholarships to enable disabled people to enjoy learning to fly.

The aim of a scholarship is to both challenge and inspire; building up confidence, self-esteem and future aspirations. It is truly a life changing experience. There is no specified target or standard of achievement; what is accomplished will depend on an individual’s flying ability and any limitations arising from a particular disability, whether physical, mental or fatigue related.

What’s covered

The scholarship covers the costs of flying training, ground school, accommodation and food. However, scholars are responsible for their own travel costs and it is essential that they have their own vehicle to get to and from the flying school.

Scholarships commence with a seminar near the end of April, during which scholars are introduced to their instructors and scholar training partner(s). Flying training is undertaken at flying schools in the UK between May and October. They will be of three or four-weeks duration and will include a maximum of 16 or 21 hours flying tuition and associated ground school in either a PA-28 or a Microlight aircraft.

The flying training takes place at Cotswolds or Gloucestershire airport, Turweston aerodrome and Old Sarum. Scholars are presented with a scholarship certificate at a special ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the July of the year they are awarded their scholarship and will be invited back to RIAT the following year to be awarded their ‘pilot’s wings’.

Applications are now open for the 2020 scholarships until 30 Nov 2019.

To find out more, visit the FSDP Web site.

 

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