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London Biggin Hill Airport is once again inviting applications for the Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship (NDMFS). The scheme provides young people aged 16-25 with a PPL flying training package valued at £13,000. Recipients receive 45 hours of flying instruction with Biggin-based EFG Flying School, ground school coaching and examinations.
The Scholarship was set up in 2012 following the death of Airbus Captain and local pilot Nick Davidson, who worked as a flying instructor at Biggin in the early 1990s, and is supported by Nick’s widow Alina and co-sponsors London Biggin Hill Airport, Shipping & Airlines, Adams Aviation Supply Company, Pooley’s Flight Equipment and Falcon Flying Services, which owns the EFG Flying School. This year there is also a new associate sponsor: Redhill Aerodrome is offering free circuits and landing fees in support of the scholarship.
Previous recipients of the NDMFS have used their training as a springboard to successful aviation careers. Flight Lieutenant Steven Inch, who gained his PPL in 2015, is currently undergoing fast jet training with the RAF, and hopes to fly Eurofighter Typhoons or Lightning IIS.
NDMFS Trust Chairman Captain Gary Merchant says: “We are delighted with the progress that all our scholars since 2013 have made in realising their career ambitions. While this is extremely heartening for the Trust, the track record being set by our scholars with determination and sheer hard work is providing the industry with high quality pilots and aircrew. And there are more to come.”
Entries for the 2020 Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship close on 30 November. For more information on the application process visit: bigginhillairport.com/flighttraining/flying-scholarship/
NDMFS Scholar Steven Inch