The Amy Johnson Engineering Bursary


Captain Adele Stephenson, former Chairman of the Amy Johnson Memorial Trust explains:

‘In March 1930 Amy Johnson’s father wrote to her:

“You cannot expect anything whatever in regard to the future from the de Havilland Company.”

On Amy’s return to England in 1930 after her solo flight to Australia in her second-hand DH.60G Moth G-AAAH ‘Jason’, the de Havilland Aircraft Company presented her with a brand new DH.80 Puss Moth!

Amy Johnson was not only a pilot but an engineer who wanted women to have the same opportunities in the professional world of aviation as men. After her death in 1941 a fund was set up which formed the basis of the Amy Johnson Memorial Trust, assisting British women pilots to gain their professional pilot qualification and first job. The European licensing procedures have now driven the costs above those affordable by the Trust, which has been closed down.

However, the Amy Johnson Engineering Bursary for men and for women has been introduced by the de Havilland Educational Trust, thus turning to Amy Johnson’s other professional qualifications: she held ‘A’ and ‘C’ engineering licences on the DH.60 Gipsy Moth and Gipsy engine.

Her father’s words have not come true! Amy Johnson, de Havilland, education and training were all combined in the original ideals of the former Amy Johnson Memorial Trust and now have been transferred to the de Havilland Educational Trust. DHET is keen to keep such essential engineering skills alive to help preserve the airworthiness of the same types of aircraft that Amy flew.

The Award

We make awards to men and women embarking on or already engaged in vintage aircraft maintenance or restoration. This can be to assist in their attending specialist engineering training courses or to undertake their licences as qualified licensed engineers, either through the CAA or the LAA. We are receptive to the different types of training that are undertaken and different ways in which engineers may wish to develop their engineering capabilities.

There are several vintage aircraft engineering companies as well as training organisations able and willing to offer training courses and apprenticeships to potential candidates. You may have your own ideas for course providers or alternatively, you may wish to research and contact some establishments such as those listed below to find out what they can offer.

The engineering award process typically involves submitting an application form to us before the end of March each year. Shortlisted candidates are then invited for interviews by the end of April and we aim to make the awards by May. However, the Trust is able to be flexible with regard to the timing of Engineering Awards and will consider applications beyond the March deadline.

Awards are normally valid until the end of the following year in which they are awarded.

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