• Boeing and the Air League launch flying scholarships in the United Kingdom

    May 30, 2012 - Boeing and the Air League will award 10 flying scholarships in 2013 to youths, people with disabilities and veterans as part of an effort to generate interest in aerospace careers.

    Boeing and the Air League today announced the launch of a partnership to provide flying scholarships in the United Kingdom to a wide range of people from all social backgrounds, with a focus on young people, the disabled and veterans.

    The project will begin in January 2013 and will offer a combination of scholarships across the disciplines of gliding (sailplanes) and single-engine aircraft until recipients are able to fly solo.

    The announcement was made at the Air League’s annual reception in the presence of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who is celebrating 60 years as the Air League’s patron.

    “The Air League has worked in partnership with Boeing for a very long time, and we are very pleased to be able to announce this new project today.” said Andrew Brookes, director of the Air League. “Together, we will inspire people together through the power of flying.”

    Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing UK and Ireland, added: “Bill Boeing’s passion for flying started our company almost 100 years ago. We are proud to be working with the Air League to ensure that this passion is shared by more people in the UK and to provide opportunities for them to be inspired by the ability to fly and to pursue a career in aviation.”

    In addition to the scholarships, the project will involve a series of events across the UK aimed at giving young people insights into the world of career opportunities offered by the aerospace industry.

    The Air League was formed in 1909 with the goal of encouraging the UK to appreciate the importance of air superiority. Perhaps the most lasting achievement of the Air League in its first 30 years was to found the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1938, which is now the Air Cadets.  More than 100 years after it was formed, the Air League’s mission is to enhance national understanding of the importance to the UK of aviation and aerospace, and to excite young people’s interest in these areas by helping them get involved.

    Boeing UK supports education and environment projects such as The Schools Build a Plane Challenge in partnership with The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), The Prince’s Trust, The National Memorial Arboretum and The Earth Restoration Service.