Goodwood launches 2023 Rob Wildeboer Scholarships

The Goodwood Flying School has announced a new set of flying scholarships for 2023 – including 15 hours of training in a Piper Cub

On Tuesday July 20, 2021, Goodwood suffered an immeasurable loss with the passing of Rob Wildeboer, the flying school manager, after a sudden illness. To remember and honour Rob in accordance with the wishes of his family, a number of scholarships were made available in 2022 to help students on their aviation journeys.

These were made possible by myriad donations from the UK aviation community, which held Rob in very high regard, and which enabled Goodwood to offer 50 hours of training. For 2023, the Goodwood Flying School is delighted to have even more scholarships available, all made possible by kind donations from the aviation community.

The Rob Wildeboer Scholarships available for 2023 are:

- 10 hours training in the Cessna 172

- 15 hours training in the Piper Cub

- 5 x day ground school sessions; the subject can be chosen by the recipient

In addition to the scholarships, Pooleys Flight Equipment has donated a number of PPL/LAPL Course Training Books to support the successful candidates.

Rob Wildeboer pictured with Beech D-17S Staggerwing ‘The Red Rockette’ in 2019
Rob Wildeboer pictured with Beech D-17S Staggerwing ‘The Red Rockette’ in 2019 VIA GOODWOOD

To apply for a Rob Wildeboer Scholarship, please email explaining in no more than 500 words which scholarship you would like to apply for and why. Please provide brief details of any previous flying experience.

If you would like further information, please contact the Flying School Operations Manager: All applicants must be at least 16 years old and hold or be capable of obtaining the appropriate aviation medical. Scholarships are only available for training at Goodwood Flying School and training will be carried out during 2023. Any training required beyond that provided by the Scholarship will be at the applicant’s own expense.

Applications will only be accepted in writing via email to by April 30, 2023. All applicants must agree to abide by the decision of the selection panel. For further information please visit and search for Rob Wildeboer Scholarship.