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Applications open for two flying scholarships at London Biggin Hill Airport

From left to right; Susan Watts, Senior Policy Advisor for General Aviation, Department for Transport and Andrew Walters, Chairman, London Biggin Hill Airport presenting Ben Akhtar, 2017’s London Biggin Hill Airport-funded scholarship winner, with his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

London – 25 September 2018: Applications are now open for two flying scholarships from the Nick Davidson Memorial Trust charity, to begin in the spring of 2019 at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Young people aged between 16 and 26 can apply for the scholarships, worth £12,000 each, which will provide training to the international Private Pilot Licence (PPL) standard. Scholarship winners can look forward to 45 hours of flying and a ground school programme of nine specialist subjects, with topics ranging from Air Law to Navigation. All textbooks and equipment are included.

One scholarship is funded by the family of the late BA Captain Nick Davidson, who undertook his initial pilot training at London Biggin Hill. The Nick Davidson Flying Scholarship scheme was launched in his memory by his family in 2014. The second scholarship is funded by the airport.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager, London Biggin Hill Airport says: “The Nick Davidson Flying Scholarship scheme is an excellent opportunity for local young people interested in becoming pilots or finding employment within the aviation sector. Past scholarship winners have gone on to pursue a number of exciting career paths in air transport, commercial aviation and the military.

“Steven Inch, 2015 scholar, has since been accepted into the Royal Air Force and is now proudly serving as Flying Officer Steven Inch RAF, flying the Tucano, the lead-in trainer for the Typhoon. The recipient of the first London Biggin Hill Airport-funded scholarship in 2017, Ben Akhtar, has qualified for his PPL and is now taking the next steps towards a role on the flight deck of a commercial airliner.”

The scholarship scheme also receives co-sponsor support from Shipping & Airlines, Adams Aviation Supply Company, Pooley’s Flight Equipment and the Bamrah family who own the EFG Flying School at the airport.

Applications close on Friday 30 November 2018. Applicants should submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter, addressed to Captain Gary Merchant, chair of the selection board, describing why they should be awarded a scholarship to Alternatively, applications can be posted to Melanie Courtney, Terminal Building, Biggin Hill Airport, Bromley TN16 3BH. Please mark the envelope NDMFS.



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About London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.

A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.

There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.