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Biggin Hill targets young high-flyers with scholarship scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:51 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:51 02 September 2016

Youngsters will get the chance to visit helicopter hangars

Youngsters will get the chance to visit helicopter hangars

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The airport is to host a charity scheme to get youngsters involved in aviation

A scholarship programme is being launched at Biggin Hill airport with the aim of getting youngsters involved in the aviation industry.

Fly2help’s Aim High scheme is a free-to-join programme promoting aviation education and career opportunities for students aged 14 to 18.

The charity already runs scholarships at Gloucestershire Airport and London Oxford Airport, and the scheme is now being rolled out to Biggin Hill.

A week-long programme will see youngsters visit business jet and helicopter hangars at the airport, spend time in Air Traffic Control and experience a fire and rescue team demonstration on their training ground.

Other planned visits at the airport and other local aviation companies will enable the students to acquire vital skills, such as giving presentations, teamwork and interview techniques.

A Heritage Flight will explore the history of the airfield and the evolution of aviation over the years, before youngsters get to put the theory into practice with a 15-minute trial flying lesson.

Colin Hitchins, Community Engagement Manager at London Biggin Hill, said: “London Biggin Hill has a proud heritage which will always be remembered, but as a modern commercial hub for business aviation, it is now a place of significant opportunities for the next generation.

“The Aim High project will be perfect for inspiring the young people of today to consider a career in aviation and we look forward to welcoming the first scholars to London Biggin Hill.”

Fly2help’s scholarship programme will run at the airport from October 24 to 28.

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 26, and interviews will take place on Saturday, October 8.

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