Flight Train­ing

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Cir­rus launches the TRAC for FTOS, plus schol­ar­ship suc­cesses

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

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