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Eight months remaining to apply for helicopter scholarships

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Helicentre Aviation Academy announced earlier this year that five Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarships will be awarded in summer 2014, but for the second year running application numbers are set to be very low, despite the opportunity this gives to budding professional pilots.

Between the five scholarships, there is an opportunity for anyone able to meet the pre-requisites before the deadline to apply, from complete beginners who have not yet started training, through to professional pilots and instructors. With only eight months remaining until the 30 June 2014 deadline, serious candidates are invited to make themselves known to the company to arrange an interim meeting with the Chief Pilot to assess their career options.

Two ground school scholarships were awarded last month to Mike Standen and Neil Stewart, and Helicentre Aviation are pleased to announce they will be awarding another two of these next year in addition to the three flying scholarships on offer. CPL(H) and FI(H) scholarships were awarded to Pierre Neyses and Morgan Whiting earlier this year. Captain Whiting graduated in August and has been working as a flight instructor at Helicentre Aviation for two months already.An outline of the scholarships is provided below, and full details are available at www.helicopterscholarships.com. You can also register your interest by visiting www.flyheli.co.uk or by calling 0116 259 0186.

Commercial Pilot (H) Scholarship

This award will fund a PPL(H) holder through their professional theoretical knowledge course, hour building and CPL(H) course with a value of up to £56,260. Applicants who have not yet started training as well as those part way through their course must complete their PPL(H) with Helicentre Aviation by the application deadline to apply.

Flight Instructor (H) Scholarship

This award will fund a CPL(H) holder through their FI(H) course. It is open to any pilot who completes their CPL(H) course with Helicentre Aviation by the application deadline. A full time instructing position will also be awarded to the scholarship winner.

Cabri G2 Advanced Training Scholarship

This award will provide a PPL(H) or CPL(H) holder (regardless of where the applicant obtained their licence) with ten hours of advanced flight training with one of the most experienced Cabri G2 instructors in the UK. The pre-requisite to apply for this scholarship is to complete the Cabri G2 type rating course prior to the application deadline. This scholarship has a value of £4,200 and is ideal for hour builders, especially those planning to become, or already qualified as flight instructors, as it will take the scholarship winner up to the hours required to instruct on the Cabri G2.

CPL(H) Theoretical Knowledge Scholarship

One PPL(H) holder (regardless of where they obtained their licence) enrolling for CPL(H) ground school at Helicentre Aviation before the deadline will be selected and their course fees will be credited in full. This scholarship is worth £1,495 and includes the distance learning course, printed study notes and two weeks of scheduled classroom consolidation.

ATPL(H) Theoretical Knowledge Scholarship

One PPL(H) holder (regardless of where they obtained their licence) enrolling for ATPL(H) ground school at Helicentre Aviation before the deadline will be selected and their course fees will be credited in full. This scholarship is worth £2,250 and includes the distance learning course, printed study notes and two weeks of scheduled classroom consolidation.

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