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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: phil@cotswoldae­ro­club.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

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