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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