British Women Pilots’ Association announces 2015 scholarship winners


Kanchana Gamage receives the Naomi Christy Cup from Dorothy Saul-Pooley (Photo: Amy Chau)

The British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) has announced the winners of its 2015 scholarships. The six winners were selected from more than 80 applicants.

Announcing the winners, Acting Chair of the BWPA, Julie Westhorp, said, “I would like to congratulate each of the winners and wish them every success in their future flying careers. The BWPA is committed to supporting and encouraging women pilots, especially during training. The standard of applications for our scholarships was extremely high and presented a considerable challenge to the selection panels.”

“I would especially like to thank CATS Aviation Training, Luton,” she added, “for their very generous sponsorship of the Groundschool Scholarship, which is worth £1,400, and our thanks to Dorothy Saul-Pooley, of Pooley’s Flying Instructor School at Shoreham Airport for donating the Instruction Scholarship and providing the instruction for the course. This scholarship is worth £1,100. The other scholarships are each for £500 towards furthering flying training.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Rebecca Neal – BWPA Aeroplanes (Vintage and non-Vintage) Flying Scholarship
Susie Edwards – BWPA Gliding Scholarship
Victoria Daley – BWPA Balloon Flying Scholarship
Sharon Cox – BWPA Microlight Flying Scholarship
Morag Leslie-Smith – BWPA Saul-Pooley IRI Instruction Scholarship.

Kanchana Gamage (pictured) was awarded the CATS Aviation Groundschool Scholarship. This is for an online CPL or ATPL (A) or (H) theory course. The course is worth £1,399 and includes online access to study guides, progress tests and practice papers. It also includes three 4-day brush-up sessions at their Luton HQ, at the end of each study stage. A new CAA exam centre is based in the same building, so the exams can be taken the week following the brush-ups. See for further details courses.