Cotswold Airport announces ten scholarship winners

The successful Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarships, which launched back in 2007, will run again this year from Monday 6th to Friday 17th August.

The ten applicants who were successful in securing a place on this much sought-after programme are:

  • Thomas Isherwood, Wiltshire, aged 15
  • Adam Cizek, Wiltshire, aged 15
  • Marcus Wynne, Gloucestershire, aged 14
  • Jonny Canton, Gloucestershire, aged 15
  • Riya Deshmukh, Wiltshire, aged 17
  • Poppy Romback, Wiltshire, aged 16
  • Archie Lane, Wiltshire, aged 17
  • Nitish Tamhankar, Wiltshire, aged 15
  • Jack Murawa, Bristol, aged 17
  • Jamie Barber, Wiltshire, aged 18.

The scholarship programme has changed the lives of many young people over its ten-year history, seeing scholars embarking on careers in the world of aviation, from engineering to commercial flying.

The programme was founded by Cotswold Airport owner, Ronan Harvey, an ex-RAF engineer, who wanted to open up the world of aviation career opportunities to young people from the local area.

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One of the past scholars from 2012, 21-year-old Laura Mayer, will be one of the flying instructors for this year’s scholars. Laura works at Cotswold Airport based Freedom Aviation as a flying instructor.  Laura went on to get her PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) after completing the scholarship in 2012, and most recently passed both her CPL (Commercial Pilot’s Licence) and her Flying Instructor Certificate.

This year’s scholarship programme has been enhanced with a sponsorship package from World Fuel Services, enabling the organisers to include additional aviation industry site visits and an increased number of flying hours.

Confirmed industry visits:

  • Resource Group visit at Cotswold Airport – aviation engineering
  • GKN Aerospace visit at Filton – aviation manufacture
  • Air Salvage International visit at Cotswold Airport – aircraft recycling
  • RAF Brize Norton visit at Brize Norton – military aviation
  • Messier Bugatti Dowty visit at Gloucester – aviation manufacture
  • RAF Cosford Museum & careers talk at Cosford – RAF careers and history
  • Global ATS visit at Gloucestershire Airport – Air Traffic Services.

In addition, the scholars will each receive up to 10 hours flying time in a mix of fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and gliders as well as ground school instruction.

It’s the 11th year of the Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship and RAF Centennial so Cotswold Airport has decided to support the best performer of next year’s scholarship through to their first solo circuit as part of their PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence).

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