Honourable Company of Air Pilots

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Sponsoring and encouraging careers, safety and best practice in aviation through scholarships, apprenticeships, awards and expertise/advice.

Dowgate Hill House
14-16 Dowgate Hill
London, EC4R 2SU

Overview and opportunities

The principal activities of the Air Pilots Company are centred on sponsoring and encouraging action and activities designed to ensure that aircraft are piloted and navigated safely by individuals who are highly competent, self-reliant, dependable and respected. The Company fosters the sound education and training of air pilots from the initial training of the young pilot to the specialist training of the more mature. Through charitable activities, education and training, technical committee work, aircrew aptitude testing, scholarships and sponsorship, advice and recognition of the achievements of fellow aviators world-wide, the Company keeps itself at the forefront of the aviation world.

Classification / Attributes

  • Roles: Flying, Operations
  • Areas: South East, London, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, Pacific


  • Airline Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Military Pilot
  • Private jet Pilot
  • Flight Operations

Further information

The Company was established as a Guild in 1929 in order to ensure that pilots and navigators of the (then) fledgling aviation industry were accepted and regarded as professionals. From the beginning, the Guild was modelled on the lines of the Livery Companies of the City of London, which were originally established to protect the interests and standards of those involved in their respective trades or professions. In 1956, the Guild was formally recognised as a Livery Company. In 2014, it was granted a Royal Charter in the name of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

The majority of its membership are, or have been, professional licence holders, operating aircraft in the airlines, corporate aviation and all branches of Her Majesty's armed forces.  There are also many private licence holders, who are not full-time professional airmen, flying in every area of general aviation, sporting aviation and recreational flying.