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Article from BTNews 3 FEBRUARY 2020

Farnborough 2020 scholarship

Launched under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, Farnborough Airport last week opened its 2020 Flying Scholarship, open to applicants who are at least 17 years old on 1 June this year.

Farnborough grants one scholarship a year as part of its “Aviation to Education” programme with the aim of supporting individuals to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Now in its 13th year, the programme engages local schools and colleges to inform and educate about aviation. Recipients over the past decade have progressed to a variety of professional roles within aviation, including commercial airline pilot.

Last year’s recipient, Tom Ferguson, 18, is now undertaking flight training at Blackbushe School of Flying at Blackbushe Airport with the aim of gaining his PPL and joining the RAF.

Ferguson said: “Farnborough gave me a fantastic opportunity which has allowed me to work towards taking that one vital step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a fast-jet pilot.”

Farnborough Airport CEO Brandon O’Reilly added: “We are extremely proud to support this initiative, which helps young people to gain valuable flying experience and reach their full potential.”

Full information is available on the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ website at

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