The Air Pilots award several bursaries each year at City University to students already enrolled on one of the three MSc courses as detailed in the following article.
In the 1990s, the Company's Education and Training Committee, and other members of the Company led by Captain John Mason, set about addressing the concerns held about the qualifications needed by professionals to improve their contribution to the management of airlines. Particularly, they identified a needs in areas such as Air Safety Management and Air Transport Management.
As a result of their initiative, the City University, in conjunction with the Company, set up within the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Faculty, a Master of Science Degree in Air Transport Management, later followed a degree in Air Safety Management, and then in 2008, a degree in Air Maintenance Management.
The objective is to maintain an acceptable level of safety within the greater commercial competition and increase in passengers which now exists. All three programmes provide candidates with a body of knowledge and personal research which will enhance the commercial progess and safety management of air transport.
The typical student on these courses will have a number of years of experience in their particular field of aeronautical expertise. The courses have been tremendously successful both with students worldwide as well as from the UK. Graduates have moved to position of responsibilility in air safety and air transport management with aviation authorities, within the military, in national and other airlines throughout the world.
All this has been achieved by the hard work of a relatively small faculty of permenant staff based within the City University notably Professor Roger Wootton and Dr Steve Bond. The course benfits from the expert input of visiting lecturers, a fair number of which are members of the Company.
Since their inception, the courses have been endorsed and supported by the Company. Originally, the Company provided a single bursary of £2,500 to assist a student who had no other means of support, this was increased to two, and from 2009, several more have been available over all of the three MSc courses.
We can proudly point to a number of extremely successful professionals around the world who have received support through the Company bursaries. Peter Baske, working with Mission Aviation Fellowship, who now spends his day flying and maintaining his aircraft while carring out humanitarian relief operations. Determined to improve the quality of service delivered by civilian humanitarian relief organisations, at his own expense he undertook the course leading to the MSc in Air Safety Management. His final dissertation "Assisting Air Transport in Developing Countries" was so well received by the examiners, that they recommended that it be published.
Professor Marion Wooldridge, Liveryman and Assistant on the Court of the Company, is the principal liaison officer.
Please see the following video link about the Company and the bursary programme:
The 2015 academic bursaries have been awarded as follows:
Air Transport ManagementBalbir Chopra
Balbir is currently a Senior First Officer for BA and previously worked as Cabin Crew, also for BA, while undertaking pilot training and type rating. Outside of work, he is a member of he Royal Lifesaving Club, where he has taught lifesaving, first aid and water safety skills to children.
David, originally from Canada, is now based in Germany as a First Officer for Lufthansa. He has spent periods as a gliding instructor and tow pilot, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the Canadian Forces (Air Reserve), as well as qualifications in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University.
Patrick Leib now works as a Senior First Officer for easyJet UK, based at Gatwick. He has previously worked for easyJet Switzerland and Air Malta, prior to which he undertook his Military Service in the German army as a medic.
Air Maintenance Management
Samuel is Aircraft Maintenance Manager for BA in Lagos, Nigeria, and obtained his Engineering qualifications in Nigeria. He is originally from Ghana, and has worked for a number of African carriers.