Scholarship to offer two full PPLs worth £24k in pilot’s memory

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Previous scholarship recipient, Steven Inch, is now training to be a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force

Two new Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarships are being funded by the family of late British Airways captain, Nick Davidson, to enable two more young persons between the ages of 15 and 25 to learn to fly and qualify to the standard of a full Private Pilots Licence (PPL) at Biggin Hill Airport.

Individual scholarship will be offered for 2017 and 2018 following interviews for all applicants before a selection panel. The new series is promoted and managed in association with London Biggin Hill Airport. The scheme now benefits from welcome new support by Shipping & Airlines, Adams Aviation Supply Company and the Bamrah family. Flying training will be allocated to instructors at the Surrey and Kent Flying Club.

Following on from the initial PPL sponsorship of 2013 when a legacy from the late Captain Nick Davidson of British Airways who died from cancer in 2012 was established, his widow Alina said that the overall experience arising from Nick’s original intention had been heart-warming.

“As a family, we have been enormously impressed by the reaction to the scheme and by the achievements of the winners of the first two scholarships, John Harrison and Steven Inch (pictured). John is studying for his professional airline pilot’s licence and Steven is now under training to be a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force,” she said.

“For us, the scheme had high value and purpose in memorialising Nick’s first professional flying job as an instructor at Biggin Hill and the flying career that he enjoyed so much,” she added. “This has encouraged us to want to continue. We are most grateful for the additional sponsorships that has now been so willingly committed.”

Applications for the 2017 scholarship are now open to young men and women between the age of 15 to 25 who aspire to a career as a professional pilot or in a key area of civil aviation. Applicants must be capable of passing a CAA Class One medical examination and to be available for interview at Biggin Hill Airport in September and October this year. For the winner, flying training will commence in the Spring of 2017.

The overall value of the training package is £12,000. It includes 45 hours of flying, ground school and related examinations, all instructional books and equipment and the final handling test. It does not include the cost of medical examinations or the PPL issue by the CAA. Guidance Notes for applicants for the 2017 scholarship are posted on the airport website –

Applications for the Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship 2017 should include the applicant’s CV and a letter of application setting out why the applicant should be awarded the scholarship. The closing date for applications is 1800 on Friday 5th August. Applications should be e-mailed to [email protected]. Alternatively, applications can be mailed to Melanie Courtney, Terminal Building, Biggin Hill Airport, Bromley, TN16 3BH. Please mark the envelope ‘NDMFS’. The Selection process will be held in September and October.