Scholarships aim to send young airmen into the clouds

Junior ranks serving the RAF in Moray could soon be taking the first steps towards gaining a private pilots licence.

The opportunity comes from a new initiative being funded by the RAF Charitable Trust in partnership with the RAF Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA).

For the first time this year a Junior Ranks’ Pilot Scholarship Scheme is being introduced that will enable eight people to learn to fly and achieve solo standard in a light aircraft.

The eight will be chosen to take the flight training at one of five RAF Flying Clubs – including the one based at Kinloss Barracks.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Amanda Butcher said: “Trustees were impressed with the quality of the bid submitted by the RAFFCA and shared the view that a scholarship scheme would provide valuable training opportunities that might not otherwise be available.

“Although many members of the RAF Junior Ranks operate in an aviation-rich environment, there is little opportunity for them to get airborne. To acquire the mindset and skills of a pilot can only serve to enhance their understanding of the Service and the roles they perform.

“The scheme is just one of the many ways in which the RAF Charitable Trust supports RAF servicemen and women and encourages a spirit of air-mindedness. Trustees are confident it will prove a great success.”

Further details plus an application form can be found at the RAF Flying Clubs Association website

Anyone holding the rank of Corporal or below is eligible to apply for a scholarship. The deadline for application is March 1, 2015. Successful candidates will be selected in March.

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