Upper Sixth Andy is in the running for pilot scholarship

 Upper Sixth pupil Andy is celebrating selection as one of 24 candidates nationally to be interviewed for a full Private Pilot’s Licence Scholarship offered by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. With less than 10 places available, this scholarship covers 45 hours of flight training and the PPL licence, worth over £8000. Andy’s selection is all the more impressive, when it comes from out of over 480 eligible applications. He will shortly travel to London for the interview and pilot test stage of the process, and will receive the results sometime in May. 

Andy kept busy over the Easter holidays, visiting RAF Cranwell to undertake the OASC RAF Officer’s Aptitude Selection Test, an opportunity granted to the final interviewees of the 2018 Powered flying scholarships that also took place recently. More recently, he was also selected to attend the British Airways Flight Training Centre at London Heathrow for an opportunity to use their multi-million pound full-motion Airbus and Boeing Simulators used daily by commercial pilots of the modern world.

Speaking about the opportunities, Andy said, “The scholarship is paramount to my flying career as, if awarded the scholarship, I will be able to follow the Modular Flying training route to becoming a commercial pilot whilst still studying languages at University. With the current cost of integrated training (an intensive 16-month course from rookie to First Officer) rising to the hefty price-tag of £120,000, this opportunity could be a pivotal point in my aspirations to become a commercial pilot.”

Andy hopes to study a BA in Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Bath in September, and, all being well, will be flying the skies in 2023/2024.