The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Flying Scholarship Winners 2016


After a thorough selection process, including interviews during April, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots awarded the following Scholarships in 2016.  Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, benefactors and charitable trusts, a record total of nine Private Pilot Licence scholarships and three Instructor Scholarship have been funded. The Company have also awarded twelve Gliding Scholarships.

Private Pilot Licence Scholarships:

(click on the winner's name to obtain their report on their experience)

The Air BP Sterling Scholarship (sponsored by Air BP; a leading international aviation fuel products and service supplier).  This scholarship has been awarded to  Zoe Burnett.  At present, Zoe is studying Maths, Geography, Physics and Modern Studies.  She recently achieved her aquatics teaching level 1 and teaches children how to swim.  Zoe’s ambition is to become a Commercial Pilot.  She carried out her PPL training at Tayside Aviation.

The Grayburn Scholarship (kindly sponsored by Past Master of the Company, Michael Grayburn) has been awarded to Alasdair MacKenzie, who is a student at The University of Strathclyde, where he is studying for a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics.  Alasdair trained at Highland Aviation in Inverness.

The Cadogan Scholarship (generously sponsored by the Cadogan Charitable Trust).  The scholarship this year has been awarded to Andrew Gladders.  Andrew is studying for his A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, General Studies and Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project and is predicted to get A*’s in all of these subjects.  He currently works part time at Next Plc as a Team Coach and Sales Assistant.   Andrew trained at Sherburn Aero Club.

The Sir Sefton Brancker Scholarship (funded by the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund) is awarded to Jonathan Coles.  Jonathan works for Swissport and has an ambition to become a commercial pilot.  Jonathan spent this summer flying with Stapleford Flight Centre.

The Foyle Scholarship- a new scholarship this year funded by Christopher Foyle.  Rebecca Kwo has had a long standing interest in aviation, having been a staff cadet at Air Cadet 621 Gliding Squadron and 3 Air Experience Flight, and completed her training at Aeros Gloucester. She plans continue to commercial training to become a professional pilot.


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-  another new scholarship for 2016.  Emily Smith was awarded the scholarship and flew with the Pilot Centre in Denham.  Emily is studying at Brunel University for a degree in Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies.  Emily recently did a 50 mile March in full kit over 2 days with RAF Cosford.

The Master's Scholarship (kindly sponsored by funds raised by last year’s ‘Master’s Charity’) Was awarded to Oliver Dunnett .  Oliver is currently studying 3 ‘A’ Levels at The Priory Academy, Lincoln.  Oliver has some experience already in flying and is very keen to improve on this and hopes to be a pilot in the RAF.  He is very keen on vintage aircraft and would love to take part in the air show circuit.  Oliver recently completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Air Pilots Benevolent Fund has sponsored Elliot ArcherElliot flew at Aeros, Gloucester.  Elliot has just completed his ‘A’ Levels and has dedicated his summer to gaining his PPL.  For the past 12 months Elliot has completed work experience in many airports in order to gain knowledge in the aviation field.  His dream is to become a professional pilot.

The Air Pilots Benevolent Fund  also sponsored a further scholarship in 2016; awarded to Will Moroney and flown at  Flight Training London, based in Elstree. 

** Will was also considered by the Scholarship selection panel to be the outstanding scholar of the summer and was accordingly awarded the John Landymore Trophy for 2016.


Flight Instructor Scholarships 2016:


The Swire Scholarship
(sponsored by one of the Swire charities).  The winner of this award for 2016 is Peter Hartshorn .  Peter undertook his training with Booker Aviation, Wycombe.

The Norman Motley Scholarship (sponsored by the Air Pilots Trust) was awarded to Ian Sheppard who undertook his training at Redhill Aviation.  

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (Sponsored by The Air Safety Trust) was awarded to Andrew Hadfield, who trained at Central Flight School, flying out of Tattenhill Airfield.  



Gliding Scholarships 2016:

This year the Company, through various sponsors was able to award 12 Gliding Scholarships all of which have been run as a one week residential course.  4 Students have carried out their training at London Gliding Club in Dunstable whilst 8 undertook training at Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club in Lee on the Solent.

Virgin Atlantic Scholarship 2016 were awarded to:

India Smart – India is a Flight Sergeant at her local Air Cadets and has a keen interest in aviation.  In her squadron she holds the title of the youngest person to be promoted to Flight Sergeant and was recently chosen to represent Wales and the West region at the Air Cadets 75th Anniversary event in London where she hosted her regional Group Captain.  She is currently studying A levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and French.

Kaira Richards – Kaira is actively involved in her local church and recently held a fundraiser where she was responsible for managing the different stalls.  The money she helped raise covered the church heating for a month.  

Nischal Rana –  Nischal hopes to leave school with all his GCSE’s and 3-4 A Levels.  Nischal recently completed his final Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.  He was repsonsbile for guiding his team from various checkpoints to the final destination which really did put to the test his map and leadership skills.  

Jack Abraham
– Jack's ambition is to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He is a keen member of his local ATC, and regulary helps to collect for the Poppy Appeal and sells badges to raise awareness for the RAF Wings Appeal.  Jack is also a keen footballer and captained a 5 a side team to the final of the Wales & West Region were the team won only conseeding one goal throughout the competition.

Ishaq Mullazada – Ishaq came to the UK from Afganistan 5 years ago leaving his family behind.  He hasn’t let this difficult start in life hold him back.  He gained 11 GCSE’s getting 2A*’s, 4 A’s, 3 B’s and a C and went onto to gain 4 ‘A’ Levels.  Ishaq now coaches young children age 2 – 6 at football a job that he finds very fulfilling and enjoyable.  


Three further gliding scholarships were awarded by the Eric 'Winkle’ Brown Trust:

Emily Atherton is currently studying for her A Levels in Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry and works as a volunteer at Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital where she attends to patients and helps with meal times.  As a Sargent in the ATC’s Emily gets involved in many cadet events.  Emily has a passion for sport and has represented Kent Wing in Cross Country, Netball and Hockey.  

Bethany Robbins is currently studying for A Levels in Geography, English Literature, Sociolgy and History.  She works part time at Next as a retail assistant and also voulnteers at her old primary school as part of her Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Bethany is currently a cadet Sargent in the Air Cadets, and enjoys the different responsibilities that come with the job.  

Reece Downes is studying for A Levels in Economics, Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He works part time as a shop assistant and also volunteers at a local youth club as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  To date Reece’s biggest achievement was being chosen to represent Team GB in the Youth World Speedway Championships, having been racing since he was 6.  

The Air Pilots Flying Club Gliding Scholarships 2016:

Stuart Swain – Stuart has just completed his GCSEs.  He is contemplating a career in the RAF and winning the Gliding Scholarship will help in that important decision making.  Stuart likes to play football and has recently won a 5 a side tournament with his team.  

Anna Hulme has just finished her GCSE’s and is in full time education.  During her spare time Anna is heavily into volunteer work and helps out weekly at her local Park Run and also helps out at her local pool where she is working towards gaining her level one coaching certificate.  She is also a children’s ambassador for a charity call ERIC.  Anna recently won a place in a cross channel rely team.

Air Pilots London Schools Gliding Scholarship 2016:

Joshua Ali was awarded the Air Pilots London School Scholarship.  Joshua has just finished his A levels; during his time at secondary school Joshua was Head Boy where his duties included running assemblies, fundraising and touring.  These duties taught Joshua about prioritising and valuable time manangement skills for use in later life.

The Paul Nicholas Gliding Scholarship 2016

Callum Jagger after completing his GCSE’s Callum is studying a BTEC in music studies and aviation studies. He is an active member of his local Air Cadets and this has intensified his desire to become a pilot.  Another passion of Callum’s is photography and his photos can be seen on the Squadron media webite.  Callum was this year's superstar gliding scholar - achieving solo flight during his week down at Lee-on-the-Solent.