With less than six months remaining to meet the eligibility criteria for Helicentre Aviation’s Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship programmes, potential applicants are being urged to plan ahead and submit their application paperwork as early as possible.
Interviews are already being scheduled for early July in an effort to find suitable candidates. So far no completed application forms have been received. “There’s a concern that applicants are leaving it too late to get established onto a training programme” says Chief Pilot and Managing Director Captain Sarah Bowen. “Last year saw a rush of candidates attempt to reach the entry level for consideration onto the programme in the three months prior to the application deadline and as a result only 12 made it to the interview stage due to weather and insufficient time.”
Last year’s scholarships were awarded to Morgan Whiting, Pierre Neyses (pictured), Neil Stewart and Michael Standen. Two of the scholarship winners have been given positions within the company already, and the other two will be offered work on completion of their training. Five further scholarships are due to be awarded this summer; Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, as well as three additional scholarships for CPL Theory, ATPL Theory and advanced Cabri G2 training. Each scholarship has its own entry level criteria and the total value of the scholarships combined is almost £100,000.
“The most crucial part of the scholarship programme is to attract potential new pilots to the helicopter industry at a time where a global shortage has already started to become apparent, but in particular to fulfill our ongoing requirement for helicopter pilots and instructors” Captain Bowen remarks. “The scholarships not only assist pilots with their training costs but provide them with the opportunity to land that all important first job”. Further information and an online registration form can be found at www.helicopterscholarships.com.