Aim High

Aim High is an education programme that helps young people learn about the world of aviation and gain confidence and a belief in themselves.




We organise free to join scholarship weeks based at Gloucestershire, Oxford, Luton and Biggin Hill airports for groups of ten young people aged 14-18, each of whom will have won their place through an open application and interview process.  Here, they learn more about the breadth of career opportunities in the industry and what skills and attributes they would need to find a place and how their career might develop.

During an exciting week, scholars will visit many behind the scenes areas of the host airport, talking to people in Operations, Air Traffic Control, visiting hangars, any heritage collections and learning skills such as marshalling aircraft with bats and understanding weather reports given to pilots.  We visit aviation companies based at the airports and aviation training colleges to sit in on classes, taking part if appropriate. Typically, scholars will spend two days out visiting world-leading companies, such as Airbus, easyJet and Rolls-Royce, and military bases. They may get the chance to pilot a flight simulator or even take the controls of a light aircraft for a 15 minute flying lesson. The finale of the week is a presentation which is attended by their parents and teachers.

Aim High February 2019 at Gloucestershire Airport

Aim High February 2019 at Gloucestershire Airport
Four girls and eight boys from secondary schools in and around Gloucestershire spent an action packed week of inspiring talks, activities and experiences that demonstrated the various ways into an aviation career.
On Monday, after a behind the scenes tour of the airport, they soaked up the atmosphere in a ‘live’ Control Tower, learning about the procedures Air Traffic Controllers go through and how to control the aircraft activity on the airfield. That afternoon they carried out team building and communication activities with the RAF from the local Armed Forces Careers office.
Tuesday saw the students visit Heli Air for an insight into helicopter flying, RGV Aviation, where they learnt the various steps required to be light aircraft engineers and Global ATS, the Air Traffic Control college where they had a talk and tour of the college as well as viewing the airfield simulator.
Wednesday was going as planned until we arrived at Skyborne Airline Academy and met former Red Arrow and new Blades pilot, Mike Ling. The students were thrilled to be listening about Mike’s time with the Red Arrows.
The visit to Skyborne gave the students an opportunity to sit in the Diamond DA42 aircraft followed by each student getting hands on experience in the flight simulator.
The afternoon gave the future engineers amongst the group an exciting opportunity to get hands on work at Aeros Engineering. The students changed spark plugs and talked to the engineers about working on light aircraft and their journey into the industry.
Thursday was the day to get airborne and luckily the weather was suitable, so all 12 students took to the skies for a 15 minute trial flying lesson with Aeros Flight training in a Piper Warrior. In the afternoon the students saw first hand what it was like to use aviation charts and plan a route helped by the Aeros instructors.
The last day and time for the students to prepare for their presentation to the parents but not before they had a Personal Development and Training Workshop developing communication skills, job application, CV writing and interview techniques as well as how to be inspiring and confident.

After presenting to the parents and receiving their flying log books the students said their farewells and were left with plenty of information and contacts to help them pursue their career in aviation a s well as being able to join the Aim High Alumni page where they are able to keep updated with all the new career information.