BWPA schol­ar­ships

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Schol­ar­ships cover bal­loon­ing to heli­copters, new­bies to com­mer­cial wannabees but hurry; the dead­line is 15 April

The Bri­tish Women Pi­lots’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BWPA) is invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its 2017

schol­ar­ships. Two schol­ar­ships, each val­ued at £1,000, are of­fered for any type of fly­ing, from bal­loon­ing to heli­copters. The Fly­ing

Start Schol­ar­ship is for new and very in­ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots to gain their first qual­i­fi­ca­tions, while the Fly­ing High

Schol­ar­ship is for more ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots with at least a first qual­i­fi­ca­tion, to help them gain ad­di­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions or pur­sue other ac­tiv­i­ties to fur­ther their per­sonal fly­ing aims.

For women pi­lots with com­mer­cial am­bi­tions, the BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL

Schol­ar­ship, do­nated by CATS Avi­a­tion Train­ing at Lu­ton, cov­ers the full value of their ground school CPL/ATPL (A or H) course. And two ad­di­tional awards for 2017, the BWPA Bristol Ground­school ATPL

Schol­ar­ships, have been do­nated by Bristol Ground­school, each cov­er­ing half the value of an ATPL(A) or (H) course. These Com­mer­cial schol­ar­ships are for ap­pli­cants who have at least a PPL(A) or (H), and re­late to the ground school el­e­ments of a CPL or ATPL(A) or (H). Ap­pli­cants must be able to qual­ify for a Class 1 med­i­cal.

The sixth schol­ar­ship, also new this year, is the BWPA Saul-poo­ley Re­newal or Re­val­i­da­tion Schol­ar­ship, val­ued at £500. Do­nated by Dorothy Saul-poo­ley, it is aimed specif­i­cally at the re­newal or re­val­i­da­tion of a lapsed li­cence or rat­ing and is avail­able for fixed- or ro­tary-wing fly­ing. Ap­pli­cants may ap­ply for more than one schol­ar­ship, pro­vided they sat­isfy the rel­e­vant cri­te­ria for each. All ap­pli­ca­tions must be made by email via the BWPA web­site­ar­ship­sopen/ Win­ners will be no­ti­fied in late spring. Le­ices­ter-based Heli­cen­tre Avi­a­tion Academy has ex­panded the ca­pa­bil­ity of its

flight in­struc­tor ca­reer pro­gramme with the ad­di­tion of a new in­struc­tor to meet de­mand for its pro­fes­sional pi­lot train­ing cour­ses. Cap­tain Si­mon Wiles is only the sec­ond UK he­li­copter pi­lot to suc­cess­fully un­dergo the CAA as­sess­ment since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of EASA. He was trained by, and now works along­side, Cap­tain Sarah Bowen, the com­pany’s Head of Train­ing, who was the first in the UK to gain the qual­i­fi­ca­tion un­der EASA in 2015.

Due to the de­mand cre­ated by Heli­cen­tre’s Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme and BSC (Hons) de­gree course, places for the 2017 in­struc­tor cour­ses are al­ready fully booked and

ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing

taken for 2018/2019. EASA ATO ap­proval for the com­pany’s Flor­ida base is im­mi­nent, and this will open up ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pany in­struc­tors to teach on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis on the Cabri G2 in the USA.

Heli­group, the UK dis­trib­u­tor for the French Guim­bal Cabri G2 he­li­copter, is es­tab­lish­ing a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence at Ox­ford Air­port. Sited within the Air­bus Heli­copters UK com­plex, it will in­clude a new sales of­fice and a ded­i­cated G2 pi­lot train­ing cen­tre. Ed Sale will be re­spon­si­ble for the sales and leas­ing of G2s in the UK and Ire­land, and Andy Moor­house, who has logged 1,800 hours on type, will be­come Head of Train­ing. Heli­group pro­vides train­ing for PPL(H), CPL(H), Flight In­struc­tor and In­stru­ment Rat­ings. The com­pany fleet in­cludes a new Agustawest­land AW109SP, Air­bus AS355S and Cabri G2s. The In­de­pen­dent Flight Ex­am­in­ers’

As­so­ci­a­tion (IFEA) is a newly es­tab­lished or­gan­i­sa­tion that has been formed to ad­dress the many is­sues and prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by the grow­ing num­ber of au­tho­rised flight ex­am­in­ers con­duct­ing flight and sim­u­la­tor tests on be­half of the CAA.

‘Since the for­ma­tion of the Joint Avi­a­tion Au­thor­i­ties (JAA) and now EASA, the num­ber of CAA em­ployed staff ex­am­in­ers has dwin­dled from some thirty to just three fixed-wing and two ro­tary-wing ex­am­in­ers in 2017, it says. ‘Test cen­tres have dis­ap­peared,

as has the ca­pac­ity of the Author­ity to se­lect or stan­dard­ise the ex­am­in­ing work­force. This re­duc­tion in the CAA’S over­sight of au­tho­rised ex­am­in­ers has caused con­cern to many con­sci­en­tious ex­am­in­ers who have recog­nised the risk of de­creased stan­dards. IFEA has been formed with the ob­jec­tive of as­sist­ing the CAA to main­tain those high stan­dards for which the UK flight train­ing in­dus­try has been

recog­nised [and] in­tends to work with the Author­ity in de­vel­op­ing new poli­cies for the se­lec­tion, train­ing and su­per­vi­sion of ex­am­in­ers.’

IFEA mem­ber­ship is open to all flight and sim­u­la­tor ex­am­in­ers au­tho­rised by the CAA and of­fers a web-based fo­rum to all mem­ber ex­am­in­ers from PPL to CPL FES, IRES, TFES and SFES. An­nual mem­ber­ship for all com­mer­cial flight ex­am­in­ers costs £82 and for pri­vate ex­am­in­ers £41. For in­for­ma­tion on join­ing visit or con­tact IFEA Chair­man Cap­tain An­thony Mol­li­son on tels: 01425 650478 or 07813 678373.

Heli­cen­tre's Si­mon Wiles and Sarah Bowen

Heli­group Guim­bal Cabri

Dorothy Saul-poo­ley

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