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Helicentre 2018 scholarships

The winner of Helicentre Aviation’s latest scholarship for a fully-funded Commercial Pilot (CPL(H)) course is Janine Lythe from Northampton.

Janine completed her PPL(H) training with the company in December 2016. She will have the cost of all her post-PPL(H) hour building fully paid for by Helicentre. That includes additional training at the company’s Winter Haven base in Florida, USA, and the commercial modular flying course, which includes a night qualification.

Janine will graduate with more than 190 hours total time, valued at more than £55,000, on the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter. On successful completion of her professional training, Janine will be offered the opportunity to fly charter for the company, and she subsequently plans to complete her Flight Instructor course.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be awarded  this life-changing opportunity,” said Janine.

“The scholarship will allow me to focus all my energy into realising my dreams of becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. I look forward to the challenges of completing this training and subsequent employment in an industry which I’ve dreamed of working in for as long as I can remember.”

A further ten applicants who completed their Private Pilot’s Licence at the Academy were awarded part-funded Scholarships, each taking a share of a newly created £60,000 prize fund.

Helicentre Aviation Head of Training, Captain Sarah Bowen, said: “The scholarship selection process is intense and I’d like to commend each and every applicant we had in 2017. The standard was exceptionally high which led to some tough decision making after the final round.

“We’re thrilled to have awarded the CPL(H) Scholarship to Janine, who shone throughout the process, not least on the final selection day, where she displayed excellent potential as a future commercial pilot.”

Helicentre’s 2018 Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Scholarships have a combined value of £75,000, with further awards likely to be announced later in the year in an effort to meet the growing demand for professional pilots. Prospective applicants can register their interest in the 2018 programme and download the application form at www.helicopterscholarships.com

Application forms are to be submitted by 31 March 2018. Applicants must complete their Private Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) course and pass their PPL(H) Skill Test at the Academy’s Leicester Airport base before 30 September 2018.

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