Our Scholarships

Flying Scholarship for the disabled and the disadvantaged

Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce its 2017 bursary worth £2000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local disabled or disadvantaged person.

Helping Wings aims to be as inclusive as possible. However, it is possible that some disabilities may preclude an applicant from being considered.

The scholarship will enable the successful candidate to complete enough training to be at (or close to) the point where they are ready to fly solo. It is important to emphasise that applicants will not need to hold a flying medical. This enables Helping Wings to reach more people with a wider range and degree of disability. The principal aim of the scholarship is to give a unique personal experience and opportunity.

Helping Wings is grateful for the financial support of the Ports of Jersey who, for the fifth year, are covering the cost of the scholarship.

Applicants should be over 15 years of age and able to complete the flying course during 2017. You can either apply personally or be nominated. The application form can be downloaded to the right, collected from the Jersey Aero Club or requested by email on hello@helpingwingsjersey.org.

Sponsored by Ports of Jersey

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Flying Scholarship for the lower limb disabled

Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce that thanks to the Sir James Knott Trust, it is able to offer, for the second year, a scholarship worth £5000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local person with a lower limb disability.

Around the world, many disabled people have discovered that the freedom associated with being able to fly an aircraft is within their reach. Their disability is not necessarily a barrier to gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Last year, thanks to the Lion's Club of Jersey, Helping Wings was able to purchase and have fitted a hand control unit. This is now fitted in a Jersey Aero Club aircraft and it allows any lower limb disabled person not only to enjoy the freedom of flying but actually obtain a full Private Pilot Licence. The conventional control of the rudder by foot movement is replaced by the hand control.

The scholarship will cover approximately 28 hours ( subject to fuel cost) out of the 45 required to obtain the full EASA (European) Private Pilot’s licence. Prior to being sent solo, the student will require a medical examination which can be obtained locally.

Throughout the year, Helping Wings provides a number of flying experiences to local disabled people. With the hand control unit, this can now be extended to the lower limb disabled.

Applicants must be over 15 years of age and able to complete the flying course within a year from the start date. Also, the scholarship is only available to individuals who would not be able to use conventional rudder control. i.e would need to use the hand control.The application form can be downloaded to the right, collected from the Jersey Aero Club or requested by email on hello@helpingwingsjersey.org.

Sponsored by Sir James Knott Trust

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Our Sponsorship Winners

Chakotay Wood

Helping Wings are delighted that its 2015 flying scholarship, sponsored by Ports of Jersey, has been awarded to 15 years old Chakotay Wood.

Chakotay who is in his first year of GCSEs at Le Rocquier School has received £2000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club under the watchful eye of chief flying Instructor James Evans.

Although not expected to flying solo within this time, Chakotay is hoping not only to complete his flying licence but his dream is to become a commercial pilot.

I've just booked up my concluding flights I believe under the scholarship (weather dependant) and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, Helping Wings and the Ports of Jersey for providing me with an amazing opportunity/experience and hopefully this is the beginning towards my future career ambitions in the aviation industry.

Gerard Mc Gonigle

We were very impressed with his determination and his enthusiasm. He is a very focused young man and we know that he will get a huge benefit from his flying.

Matthew Perree

I really big thank you, I really learn flying around Island of Jersey, good experience flying real cockpit, I learn lot different experience on computer, it is interesting take off and landing, not like sit on passenger, it is real drive like on plane, one most amazing experience on plane. I got some picture for you, I will love go again, I really enjoy flying, good teacher with James, he most calm and good mime

Claire Williamson

Claire being presented her award by Myra Shacklady, Group Commercial Director of Ports of Jersey. She also received a year's subscription from Flyer Magazine.

So far I've had 5 lessons and have managed to take off by myself! The last lesson I had we were doing circuits (taking off looping around back to land) which was great but it was a bit windy so very bumpy! It was so great to feel in control of the plane and see Jersey from above!

Our Patron (2017) – His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), BSc, FRAes, CCMI