The reputation of Tayside Aviation at Dundee Airport on Scotland’s east coast has spread to Hong Kong. Two trainee pilots have just passed their PPL(A) thanks to scholarships awarded to them in Hong Kong.
Huen Siu Ming (Felix), aged 22, and 23-year-old Ng Man Tsun (Jason) completed Tayside Aviation’s 45-hour, six-week programme in October. Felix and Jason are pictured above with Tayside Aviation MD Jim Watt.
They’re not the first from Hong Kong. Tayside trains around 16 Hong Kong students each year. The students are now likely to pursue their commercial pilot’s licence which may lead them into one of the major airlines in Hong Kong.
Felix’s training in Dundee was funded by the Hong Kong Aviation Club Foundation Youth Flying Scholarship, who sponsored both his course and accommodation. He said, “Our training has been both fruitful and extraordinary. Having already done some flight training in Australia, I can say I have met the best instructors here at Tayside Aviation. They have been extremely helpful and, with their high standard of training and structured programme, I have been pushing my limits every day.
“On top of that, Jim and the team have given us lots of new experiences, including use of the flight simulator for commercial training, riding on a Seneca twin-engine aircraft, and visiting the air traffic control tower.”
Meanwhile, Jason’s training and accommodation was funded by the Dr Lily Fenn Youth Flying Scholarship, offered by the Dr Lily Fenn Education Foundation. Dr Fenn is a well-known solicitor in Hong Kong and the first woman to obtain both a PPL in fixed wing aircraft and helicopter. Lily is keen to inspire young people by offering them opportunities to explore and study different areas of law and aviation.
Jason said, “Tayside Aviation is an amazing flying school which provides a very high standard of training. The training and examinations are challenging and intensive, which is why they have nurtured so many excellent pilots over the past few years.
“Apart from flight training, we have enjoyed lots of site visits which have given us an insight into the different roles within the aviation industry. ”
James Watt, managing director of Tayside Aviation said, “Both Felix and Jason have worked very hard to achieve the standards required. Demonstrating a great work ethic, they have immersed themselves in all things aviation over their time here. We wish them the very best of luck in their careers.”
Tayside Aviation trains some 200 flying scholarships each year for the RAF, Air League Educational Trust and GAPAN. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.