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Scholarship programme for would-be pilots gets £30,000 sponsorship deal

PUBLISHED: 13:58 24 August 2017

Pilot officer Steven Inch RAF (2015 scholar); Andrew Walters, chairman, Biggin Hill Airport; Captain Gary Merchant, NDMFS administrator; John Harrison (2014 scholar)  and Jack Hawkins (2017 scholar)

Pilot officer Steven Inch RAF (2015 scholar); Andrew Walters, chairman, Biggin Hill Airport; Captain Gary Merchant, NDMFS administrator; John Harrison (2014 scholar) and Jack Hawkins (2017 scholar)

Georgina Godfree

The flying scholarship is based at London Biggin Hill Airport

A charity set up to help young pilots learn to fly has reached a new deal with Biggin Hill airport.

The Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship has entered a three year deal with the airport, where it is currently based, to offer a scholarship award.

Valued at £30,000, the money will help support the charity’s work to provide Private Pilot’s Licences for younger generations.

Currently family of Nick Davidson, a former instructor and British Airways captain who died of cancer in 2012, have been sponsoring students, but the new deal is thought to be worth one new scholarship each year.

“The airport has a long history as place for inspiring young men and women and helping to build their dreams,” said airport chairman Andrew Walters.

“The Biggin Hill Flying Scholarship Award will be open to young men and women in the age range of 15 to 25 and will provide a valuable stepping stone towards a professional flying career.”

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