Memorial fund for aspiring pilot returns to Biggin Hill Airport

News Shopper: (LR) Robert Walters, Captain Gary Merchant, and scholarship administrator Anoop Singh Bamrah - Fotomotion (LR) Robert Walters, Captain Gary Merchant, and scholarship administrator Anoop Singh Bamrah - Fotomotion

One lucky young person will be handed the opportunity to take to the skies once more as a flying fund returns to Bromley borough.

The Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship has been announced for 2014, allowing an aspiring pilot aged between 18 and 25 to get in the cockpit.

Following the death of British Airways’ Captain Nick Davidson in 2012, the family has introduced the chance for someone to get their full Private Pilots Licence (PPL) at Biggin Hill Airport, with the Surrey and Kent Flying Club also involved.

Davidson’s widow Alina said the experience last year was “heart-warming” and mentioned a desire to carry on the initiative.

She said: “We were enormously impressed that as many as 45 keen youngsters applied for the scholarship and the eventual winner, John Harrison, achieved so well on the course. This has encouraged us to want to continue in 2014”.

Development director at the airport Robert Walters said: "It is inspiring for all of us that this marvellous new legacy returns to support another young local person with similar ambitions”.

While close friend and EasyJet captain Gary Merchant added when Mr Davidson became ill in 2011 he first talked of his hopes for an aviation project. 

Applications are now open for those hoping to see a career as a commercial pilot take-off and close on Thursday April 17. For more information visit: www.bigginhillairport.com

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