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More fixed-wing and heli schol­ar­ships, Leonardo's academy

Heli­cen­tre's 2019 schol­ar­ships

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Heli­cen­tre’s 2020 Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme are now be­ing sought. Ap­pli­cants must sub­mit their forms by 31 De­cem­ber 2019 and com­plete their PPL(H) cour­ses with Heli­cen­tre be­fore 30 Septem­ber 2020. Prospec­tive ap­pli­cants can regis­ter their in­ter­est and find en­try cri­te­ria and the ap­pli­ca­tion form at: www. he­li­copter­schol­ar­ships.com

Busi­ness boom­ing at ACS Avi­a­tion Perth

Perth Air­port-based ACS Avi­a­tion re­ports a surge in fly­ing train­ing ac­tiv­ity which has seen its an­nual turnover rise from £1.3 mil­lion to £1.9 mil­lion in the lat­est fi­nan­cial year. It fore­casts that more than 200 trainees will en­rol on its ATPL pro­gramme over the next three years, and is re­cruit­ing more fly­ing in­struc­tors. The com­pany has also re­cently been ap­proved by the Min­istry of De­fence to sup­port its mil­i­tary pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme.

ACS’S Group Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor Craig Mcdon­ald says: “Over the past year, ACS has es­tab­lished a po­si­tion as one of the lead­ing fly­ing schools in Europe, with our in­ter­na­tional grad­u­ates go­ing on to se­cure em­ploy­ment with a host of air­lines, in­clud­ing Ryanair, Lo­ganair, Thomas Cook and Nor­we­gian Air­lines. Achiev­ing ap­proved learning provider sta­tus with the MOD is some­thing we are ex­tremely proud of, and strength­ens our com­mit­ment to sup­port the armed forces com­mu­nity. This re­la­tion­ship, com­bined with new de­vel­op­ments in our en­gi­neer­ing di­vi­sion and a resurge in flight train­ing ap­pli­ca­tions has con­trib­uted to our re­growth and pro­vides a strong foun­da­tion for the future ex­pan­sion of the busi­ness.”

ACS’S en­gi­neer­ing di­vi­sion has been ap­proved as a Di­a­mond Air­craft Ser­vice Cen­tre, and

pro­vides main­te­nance sup­port and war­ranty ser­vice for the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer’s DA20, DA40 and DA42 series. acs­flight­train­ing.co.uk

Sea wings ahoy

Nine­teen mem­bers of the Sea Cadet Corps, Com­bined Cadet Force and Navy Cadets took part in this year’s Bronze Wing Cadet Naval Avi­a­tion Course at SCTC Wey­mouth and RNAS Yeovil­ton. After ‘a very hard few days’ in the class­room all man­aged to get air ex­pe­ri­ence flights with 727 Naval Air Squadron at Yeovil­ton. Cadet Gre­gor from Rosyth was pre­sented with the Daedalus Tro­phy by Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer CNAC Lt (SCC) Marc Pether, RNR, as this year’s top stu­dent. He was also pre­sented with a Sekonda pi­lot’s watch do­nated by Time Prod­ucts Ltd and a flight bag with train­ing man­u­als do­nated by Poo­ley’s. Ten cadets have now been se­lected to at­tend the Sil­ver Wing course to be held at Yeovil­ton in Au­gust.

BWPA schol­ar­ships for 2019

The Bri­tish Women Pi­lots’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BWPA) has launched its 2019 schol­ar­ships for fe­male pi­lots. Seven schol­ar­ships are on of­fer in five cat­e­gories.

• One BWPA Fly­ing Start (£1,000) for new, in­ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots to gain their first qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

• One BWPA Fly­ing High (£1,000) for li­censed pi­lots who wish to gain fur­ther qual­i­fi­ca­tions, take part in sig­nif­i­cant com­pe­ti­tions, or un­der­take other suit­able ac­tiv­i­ties to help them fur­ther their per­sonal fly­ing aims

• One BWPA CATS CPL/ATPL Schol­ar­ship for the full value of the CATS Avi­a­tion Train­ing, Lu­ton ground school CPL/ ATPL (A or H) course.

• Two BWPA Bris­tol Ground­school ATPL Schol­ar­ships, each for half the value of the Bris­tol Ground­school ATPL (A or H) course: ap­pli­cants must

hold a PPL(A) or (H) and be ca­pa­ble of ob­tain­ing a Class 1 med­i­cal. Those who have al­ready started their stud­ies are in­el­i­gi­ble.

• Two BWPA Easy PPL Ground School Schol­ar­ships for new and in­ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lots to­wards gain­ing their PPL(A) ground school qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Ap­pli­cants must be at least six­teen years old, have logged fewer than ten hours’ to­tal fly­ing time to­wards their PPL(A), and not have at­tempted any of the CAA The­o­ret­i­cal Knowl­edge ex­ams. Schol­ar­ships are only open to BWPA mem­bers (full or as­so­ciates) at the time of ap­pli­ca­tion and on the clos­ing date of 6 May 2019. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be by email; forms can be down­loaded at

bwpa.co.uk/2019- schol­ar­ships. The schol­ar­ship se­lec­tion pan­els will com­prise BWPA mem­bers plus rep­re­sen­ta­tives from other rel­e­vant fly­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions. All those awarded schol­ar­ships will be in­vited to the BWPA award pre­sen­ta­tions at the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Christ­mas lunch in De­cem­ber.

The BWPA is also of­fer­ing twelve ‘taster flights’ from Old Buck­en­ham Air­field, six for women over the age of six­teen, and six ad­min­is­tered through ‘The Avi­a­trix Project’ for young peo­ple aged 14–17. A fur­ther six ‘taster flights’ for women aged 16-25 are spon­sored by To­tal UK and will be flown in a Pitts S-2A at White Waltham. BWPA Chair Julie Westhorp en­cour­ages all po­ten­tial and cur­rent women pi­lots to ap­ply. “We are de­lighted to be able to of­fer such a large num­ber of schol­ar­ships once again,” she says. “The part­ner­ships we have built al­low us to con­tinue to grow our sup­port of a com­mu­nity that re­mains in the mi­nor­ity.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: bwpa.co.uk/2019-schol­ar­ships

Leonardo set­ting up US train­ing cen­tre

Leonardo He­li­copters is es­tab­lish­ing a new Train­ing Academy within its Philadel­phia pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity. The new pur­pose-built cam­pus is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2020. ‘With a $65 mil­lion mul­ti­year in­vest­ment, the new Train­ing Academy will meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for com­pre­hen­sive train­ing ser­vices for pi­lots, cabin crew and main­te­nance tech­ni­cians as the North and Latin America he­li­copter fleet grows,’ the com­pany says.

‘The new 60,000sq ft US Train­ing Academy will mir­ror Italy’s Sesto Cal­ende train­ing syl­labus ap­proach from ground to flight train­ing, pro­vid­ing a one-stop-shop for dig­i­talised course, flight, sim­u­la­tion, mis­sion spe­cific and main­te­nance train­ing,’ Leonardo says. ‘This will in­clude all new class­rooms, cus­tomer lounges, AW119/ AW139/AW609 Main­te­nance Train­ing Bays, AW109/AW139/ AW609 Vir­tual-en­hanced Train­ing De­vices and AW169/ AW139 and AW609 Til­tro­tor Level D Full Flight Sim­u­la­tors. These new de­vices will en­able real-time anal­y­sis of stu­dent progress and de­vel­op­ment… and en­sure knowl­edge and com­pe­tency of each stu­dent is con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tored to de­liver the best learning out­comes for max­i­mized mis­sion ef­fec­tive­ness and safety.’ It will also be home to Ro­tor­sim USA, a Leonardo-cae joint ven­ture that has pro­vided nearly 250,000 train­ing hours for Leonardo he­li­copter types.

L3 Launches US Women Avi­a­tors Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme

L3 Com­mer­cial Avi­a­tion has launched its Pi­lot Path­ways Women Avi­a­tors Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme in the USA. It will pro­vide US fe­male can­di­dates with sup­port to­wards the train­ing costs of the Pro­fes­sional Pi­lot Pro­gramme at L3’s Air­line Academy in San­ford, Florida. Over the next twelve months, two suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will each re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port of up to $25,000, and eight ad­di­tional can­di­dates will each be granted up to $12,500.

“At­tract­ing a wider range of tal­ent by en­cour­ag­ing more di­ver­sity is cru­cial to ad­dress­ing the pi­lot short­age and de­liv­er­ing a future gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented pi­lots,” said Robert Luthy, Di­rec­tor of L3’s Florida Air­line Academy. “A ca­reer as a com­mer­cial pi­lot is truly an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing one. Building on the suc­cess of our L3 Pi­lot Path­ways Fe­male Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme in

Europe ( launched in De­cem­ber 2018 - Ed), we are de­lighted to launch this US ini­tia­tive and help build a more in­clu­sive future for the in­dus­try around the world.” For more de­tails visit: l3­com­mer­cialavi­a­tion.com/ fund­ing-faa

More strings to ATP’S bows

In mid-march ATP Flight School re­ceived eight new Archer TXS in what was Piper’s largest sin­gle de­liv­ery of Archers to the school to date and part of a $37 mil­lion or­der an­nounced last year for up to 100 Archers. All eight are Garmin G1000 NXI equipped, and will based at ATP’S Dal­las fa­cil­ity, train­ing future Amer­i­can Air­lines pi­lots through its En­voy Air Cadet pro­gramme.

A fur­ther 22 Archers are sched­uled for de­liv­ery to ATP this year.

Lt (SCC) Marc Pether RNR, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Sea Cadet Avi­a­tion, pre­sented top stu­dent Cadet Gre­gor Se­nior (right) with the Daedalus Tro­phy

Hats aloft - the nine­teen suc­cess­ful Bronze Wing Cadets

Leonardo AW169 over New York City. The he­li­copter man­u­fac­turer is set­ting up a new US train­ing fa­cil­ity

L3’s schol­ar­ship plan is aimed at fe­male can­di­dates from the USA

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