Lewis Horsley
Lewis Horsley

Staffordshire-based Lewis Horsley, aged 16, has been awarded a prestigious bursary of £500 to obtain a gliding Sailplane Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL), thanks to the Royal Aero Club Trust (RAeCT).

Bursaries of this type, which are part of the Trust’s ‘Flying for Youth’ (FfY) program, are awarded annually to UK residents aged between 16 and 21. They are awarded to those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level; or to Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.

The scheme and the bursaries cover a wide variety of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, fixed wing aircraft and the designing, building and flying of model aeroplanes.

Lewis says

“I am delighted to have been awarded this prestigious bursary, which will help me to develop my gliding interests”.

He is a member of the Staffordshire Gliding Club.

“2014 has seen the Royal Aero Club Trust award a significant number of bursaries to youth participants in UK air sports, says David Bills, bursary administrator at the RAeCT. “It is so encouraging to see the next generation of supporters developing as part of the flying community. Every year we take great interest in their progress and achievements, and we wish them every success.”