The announcement gives an opportunity for new pilots and those who are too late to complete this year’s application process to start out on a substantially funded career path.
Captain Sarah Bowen, Helicentre Aviation’s Managing Director says, “Our Scholarship Programme was born as a result of our own shortage of company helicopter pilots, particularly flight instructors. Despite receiving over a thousand registrations of interest for this year’s scholarships, and allowing over 14 months from the initial launch to the application deadline, we are absolutely taken aback at the small numbers of applicants. Ultimately two deserving pilots will be awarded their places this June following a series of interviews and we are very excited, not only about providing these pilots with their training and qualifications, but also their first opportunity to work in the helicopter industry as a professional pilot”.
Open days will be held at Leicester Airport this summer. Full details of the Open Day and the scholarships will be available soon, so if you would like to be one of the first to hear about how you can apply, click here to fill out the registration form. The early announcement of the 2014 Scholarships is hoped to encourage applicants to get their submissions in without delay to avoid missing out on the opportunity, which will definitely result in employment for the successful candidates. This year alone, at least two pilots who graduated from Helicentre Aviation’s Professional Pilot Programme and continued to work full time at Helicentre have now secured jobs in Canada and the North Sea.