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Biggin Hill flying scholarship worth £9,000 awarded in memory of British Airways pilot

PUBLISHED: 15:40 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:40 23 May 2013

(L to r) Jenny Munro, managing director of Biggin Hill Airport Ltd, John Harrison, scholarship winner 2013, Alina Davidson presenting the flight bag and  Captain Gary Merchant, scholarship administrator and a captain with Easyjet.

(L to r) Jenny Munro, managing director of Biggin Hill Airport Ltd, John Harrison, scholarship winner 2013, Alina Davidson presenting the flight bag and Captain Gary Merchant, scholarship administrator and a captain with Easyjet.

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A flying scholarship worth £9,000 has been awarded at Biggin Hill Airport in memory of a former instructor.

The Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship was won by 20-year-old John Harrison, from Horsham, who beat more than 40 other applicants to the prize.

He was presented with a flight bag containing the syllabus, study books and equipment needed for his training by Nick Davidson’s wife, Alina, last week.

John will receive a full flying training programme up to the level of European Private Pilots Licence, consisting of 45 hours flying.

He said: “I have spent the last three years pursuing my dream of a career as a pilot and this is a fantastic opportunity to get me started. It was my grandmother who sent me the article in her local paper regarding the scholarship, so I have her to thank.”

Captain Nick Davidson, who flew for British Airways, died of cancer last year aged 49. The scholarship programme was set up for the first time this year and will continue in 2014.

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