Sponsorship and BAeA Annual Bursaries

Each year, in recent times, the BAeA has apportioned a small amount of its limited budget to what we call ‘development funding’. To date this has been limited to training bursaries to pilots who move up between competition levels, awarded on the basis of the annual Points Tables, and some contribution to the costs of pilots and team managers representing the UK at international aerobatic championships.

The 2016 Bursary Scheme

Based on the final 2015 points tables, the BAeA will award bursaries in 2016 to:

  • 3 Standard/Sports pilots @ £350 each
  • 2 Intermediate pilots @ £500 each
  • 1 Advanced pilots @ £750 each

who move up a level to fly in the 2016 National Championships. This can be used not only to cover coaching fees but also make some contribution towards fuel costs in training. Coaches should be members of the Association and have competition experience at a higher level than that for which the training is being given, other than for Unlimited coaching which should be given by a more experienced Unlimited pilot.

The same general conditions apply regarding the selection of coaches for training.

Pilots wishing to take advantage of this scheme should discuss their intentions with the BAeA Head of Contest Organisation at the earliest possible opportunity, to establish their eligibility and to register for the award. Details such as the nomination of an appropriate trainer and the scope of the assistance to be funded in that season can be established at that time. Don’t wait - do it now!

Your co-operation and support please ...

Not since the early 80's that we have been able to benefit from such generous assistance from a private sector company. Naturally, the BAeA Board of Directors wish to take all possible steps to ensure that this good fortune might continue for more than just the current season. Therefore it will be a requirement that all power pilots receiving these additional funds co-operate fully with BAeA in exploiting the publicity and media coverage that our sport can generate. Details of PR projects will be discussed with recipients on an individual basis as the season progresses.