TAG Farnborough Airport announces winner of 2017 scholarship

TAG Farnborough Airport has announced that 26-year-old Leo Tang has been awarded the TAG Flying Scholarship 2017 which will provide training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s Aviation to Education programme. Now in its 10th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.

This year’s scholarship recipient, Leo Tang, is originally from Hong Kong and now living in Southampton. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol and since graduating has worked in a number of aircraft engineering focused roles before joining NATS and taking up the position of Operational Resource Analyst at the Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick.

Before being awarded the scholarship, Leo completed a competitive application process, underwent various aptitude tests and an interview before final selection. His training is taking place at Phoenix Aviation’s base in Lee-on-the-Solent and the time flown will count towards a PPL.

Leo Tang said, “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. My ultimate goal has always been to pursue a career within the aviation industry, to become a professional pilot and ultimately qualify as a flying instructor, allowing me to pass on my skills to the next generation of young flying enthusiasts and encourage them to chase their dreams. The support of the flying scholarship is invaluable and is allowing me make my dreams a reality.”

Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, pictured above with Leo, said: “I’m delighted to award this scholarship to Leo as he pursues his career in the world of aviation and benefits from the flying experience this scheme offers.”

TAG Farnborough Airport


  1. While I strongly support scholarships, I find it slighly sad that the minimum £1000+ landing fees for my PA-28 have ended up paying for it.

    Does he even get to land or do touch-and-gos at Farnborough?

    I wish him all the best.

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