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 website bwpa.co.uk/bwpa-2017-scholarshipsopen/ 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 ifea.org.uk or contact IFEA Chairman Captain Anthony Mollison on tels: 01425 650478 or 07813 678373.
Helicentre's Simon Wiles and Sarah Bowen
Heligroup Guimbal Cabri