Awards & scholarships
Tayside Aviation awarded trophy by Hon Company of Air Pilots, the Air League offers fifty youngsters funding for LAPL training
Dundee-based Tayside Aviation has been awarded The Royal Air Force Central
Flying School Trophy for its outstanding contribution to flight training. The Honourable Company of Air Pilots recognised Tayside’s service to the RAF Air Cadet Pilot Scheme over 29 years at a ceremony at the London Guildhall in October. The trophy is the highest honour a flight training facility can receive, and is presented to ‘an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution toward the achievement of excellence in the delivery of flying training or instructional standards.’ Tayside Aviation provides training for private and commercial pilots, and is the only UK school contracted to train RAF cadets. Managing Director Jim Watt said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, and this year in particular as 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet organisation. We’ve been delivering the Air Cadet Flying Scholarship continuously for the past 29 years. Our long association is testament to the exceptional standards achieved and maintained at our Dundee base. To achieve this level of recognition is very much a team effort and this honour is for each and every employee.” The Air League has launched its
2017 Scholarship programme. It is open to young people permanently resident in the UK who will have reached their 18th but not their 26th birthday on 1 April 2017. The scholarships are intended to help young people qualify for a Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) and may not be awarded to those who already hold an LAPL, NPPL or PPL with a Single-engine Piston Aircraft Rating (SEP), but those who have already started training for an LAPL, NPPL or PPL may use the scholarship towards its completion. Winners will be awarded twelve flying hours towards an LAPL to be flown during the summer of 2017.
All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE/SCE passes at C/3 grade or better, which must include English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications are accepted. They must also be members of The Air League, or be applying for membership at the time of application for a scholarship. Selection will be based on the electronic application and, after short-listing, on aptitude tests conducted at RAF Cranwell around Easter 2017. Finalists will be invited for interview at the Air League’s London offices.
The scholarships, some fifty of which will be awarded, will fund ten-day residential courses at selected UK flying schools,
primarily South Warwickshire Flying School at Wellesbourne Mountford, Tayside Aviation at Dundee, and Wycombe Air Centre at Booker. If necessary, local board and accommodation and daily travel to and from the school will be provided. Training may also be undertaken at an Air League member flying school or certain RAF flying clubs, or, exceptionally, at the nearest LAPL training school to where the scholarship winner lives or at which they may have already started an LAPL course. Application forms should reach the Secretary of the Trust as soon as possible but not later than the closing date of 27 January 2017. For more details visit: airleague.formstack.com/ forms/flyingtosolo2017
In conjunction with CTC Aviation, Virgin Atlantic is relaunching its Future Flyers Programme, giving those with little or no flying experience the opportunity to join the programme, which leads directly to employment with the airline, flying Airbus A330s on long-haul routes. There are now a further twelve places available.
‘Since 2014 the CTC WINGS Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers Programme has enabled genuine diversity and opportunity within a broader community of aspiring pilots who, without the funding on offer, would have been unable to join the course,’ says CTC. ‘Those who have so far secured places on the highly-competitive programme come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, with previous jobs including bartender, bicycle mechanic, computer programmer, policeman and credit controller. Moreover, the number of women who have secured a place on the programme is significant by industry standards: 22% of those currently in training are female, compared to the average of around five per cent across the global pilot workforce.’
This year the programme is supported by a new partnership with Secure Trust Bank and specialist aviation finance broker ATPL Finance, who will act as the intermediary between trainees looking to acquire funding and Secure Trust Bank. Applicants to the Future Flyers Programme will be able to access a £109,000 loan that will be underwritten by Secure Trust Bank and guaranteed by Virgin Atlantic, covering total funding for the programme.
Successful candidates will embark on an 18-month course from trainee through to first officer at CTC Aviation’s crew training centres in the UK and New Zealand.
For more information and to apply visit ctcaviation.com/virginatlantic
On 4 April the Instructor Working Group of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Technical Committee will be presenting the seventh Forum for Chief Flying Instructors and Senior Career Instructors at the RAF Central Flying School of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. ‘This will be a superb opportunity to attend an informative and interesting event with your peers and, at the same time, to catch a glimpse inside the oldest flying training organisation in the world,’ it says. Attendance is strictly by pre-booking. Registration Forms and joining instructions can be obtained from Phil Mathews, email: [email protected]roclub.com
Two US Air Force Master Sergeants recently became the first enlisted airmen in six decades to complete solo flights during flight training with the 1st Flying Training Squadron as part of the service’s Enlisted Pilot Initial Class programme. Master Sgts. ‘Mike’ and ‘Alex’ (the US military did not release surnames) each soloed in a DA-20 Katana at Pueblo Memorial Airport, Colorado as part of the USAF’S Initial Flight Training (IFT) programme, which is mandatory for all manned combat and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots. In December 2015 the USAF announced an initiative to train enlisted RPA pilots for RQ-4 Global Hawk flying operations, and the Enlisted Pilot Initial Class began last October with four students training alongside twenty recently commissioned officers.
In 1912 one of the first two pilots in the Army Air Corps was a Corporal, and many thousands of enlisted men were trained and served throughout World Wars I and II, but otherwise solo flights by enlisted pilots are rare in US military aviation history.
Jim Watt (centre) of Tayside Aviation, accepting the Royal Air Force Central Flying School Trophy
Two USAF enlisted airmen have completed solo flights — the first to do so in sixty years
Virgin Atlantic is relaunching its Future Flyers Programme with CTC Aviation