The Liz Inwood Taildragger Scholarship for 2018 has been awarded to pilot Jon Hartle from Worcestershire.
Jon, who was given the award at the weekend’s LAA Rally at Sywell, is the third recipient of the annual award which was set up in 2015 by the Liz Inwood Trust with the VAC in memory of Liz Inwood.
Originally trained as an artist, Liz was a passionate aviatrix and flying instructor who amassed more than 1,000 hours of flying aircraft such as the de Havilland Tiger Moth and Hornet Moth.
This year’s scholarship was launched at the end of May and applicants were required to have 100 hours PPL and to be 35 years old or younger. Jon Hartle has 130 hours and has already added a Night Rating and Instrument Rating to his licence.
Jon said, “I am deeply honoured and privileged to be awarded the ‘Liz Inwood’ scholarship for 2018. Having been interested in aviation since a very early age, through my father working within the industry, the goal of becoming a pilot never left me and I gained my licence in 2015 at Wellesbourne airfield.
“I applied for the scholarship because I always wanted to fulfil my ambitions to the very best of my ability and to give back the things others have shown me.
“This scholarship is keeping alive the memory of Liz Inwood and to be able to keep that going, and to be able to showcase what it means, is truly special. The VAC is a wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable club, and I’m very proud to be a member.”