The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers uses its charitable funds to support education and training at various levels in the Automotive, Aerospace and Coach Building industries.  The Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship enables a young person to gain a Private Pilot’s Licence.  Appropriately for the award title, the training will take place in de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moths of the Cambridge Flying Group (CFG) at Cambridge Airport.  It has been said many times that “if you can fly a Tiger Moth – you can fly anything!” and the yellow and silver Tiger Moth biplanes of the Cambridge Flying Group have 60 years of providing this experience.

No previous flying experience is required although evidence of a keen interest in aviation is a necessity.

This Scholarship will fund one half of the cost of the standard 45 hours training required for a Private Pilot’s Licence.  Accordingly, the Scholarship value is approximately £5,000 and is to be match-funded by the successful candidate on an hours flown basis.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and resident in the UK.  As the standard of applications is always high, we welcome applications from previously unsuccessful candidates who may wish to try again.

To apply for the Scholarship please complete the online application using the link below.   Those applicants who are short-listed for interview will be invited to Cambridge Flying Group and, following the interview, will be given a short flight in a Tiger Moth.  Any previous flying experience will be regarded as neither an advantage nor disadvantage; it is enthusiasm, potential and commitment that will count.   The winner of the Scholarship will also be invited to, and expected to attend, the Coachmakers Aerospace Industry Dinner held annually in November at a prestigious location in London. At this event the winner will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement in the presence of several senior executives from the UK and European Aerospace Industries.  The dinner is a black tie event, the cost of which will be borne by the Coachmakers. However, any travel and any accommodation expenses incurred must be borne by individual winner.

Not only does this award offer opportunities and financial assistance in the short term, association with the Coachmakers is potentially long-term and offers exciting networking opportunities.   Our website gives more information on how industry and military affiliations have evolved from our historic roots in the Coachmaking and Coach Harness making trades.

Applicants should complete the online application form here.