And the JRPSS Class of 2017 are...
Published: 13 Feb 2017 updated: 29 Mar 2017
RAF Flying Clubs' Association (
RAFFCA) and the RAF Charitable Trust (
RAFCT) are delighted to announce that the following 30 personnel have been selected to undertake the Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS) 2017:
- SACT Samuel Budd, Odiham
- SAC Jay Michael Butler, Waddington
- SACT Kieran Luke Bye, Benson
- SAC Karl Cassar, Northholt
- SAC James Cobb, Benson
- SAC Lucy Corrigan, Brize Norton
- Cpl Michael Goddard, Honington
- SAC Jack Holden, Lossiemouth
- AC Daniel Hood, Cosford
- Cpl Samual Lewis Ingall, Akrotiri
- SAC George Alexander
Jobbins, BUAS Colerne
- SAC Arjunan Kugathasan, Northwood HQ
- Cpl Laura Macleod, DMS Whittington
- SAC Damon Marrison, Benson
- SAC Mark Stephen Middleton, Brize Norton
- SACT Thomas Miller, Benson
- SAC Jack Morley, Marham
- SAC Jonathan Mullee, Coningsby
- SAC Joe Pateman, Benson
- SAC Daniel Perry, Scampton
- SAC Tom Shaw, Lossiemouth
- Cpl Lauren Violet Tidy, Akrotiri
- SAC Ryan Joseph True, Marham
- SACT Alistair Richard Connor Webb, Odiham
- SACT Daniel Wilson, Leeming
- SAC Megan Rose Woodhouse, Akrotiri
- AC Daniel Wright, Marham
- SAC Leon Alexander Tristan Wright Otero, Benson
- SAC Jake Matthew Alder, Shawbury
- SAC Niall Albert McDonnell, Lossiemouth
The scheme, which closed on January 31, received a record 468 applications from serving RAF Regular and Reserve Junior Ranks (JRs). The 30 successful candidates will receive 15 hours of flying instruction on a light aircraft, which may count towards a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). All necessary equipment to undertake the training at selected RAF flying clubs will also be provided through the scholarship, including flying suits and study packs.
Once candidates have successfully completed the scholarship, there is also the opportunity to apply for the JRPSS Top-Up-Scheme which provides additional funding for those selected to continue their flying training.
Aeros Flying Training, RAFFCA's preferred training provider, have also invited the 2017 JRPSS scholars to attend their training facility, putting them in good stead should they wish to take their (future) PPL to the next level.
RAFCT Director Justine Morton said: "The Trust
recognises that although JRs operate in an environment surrounded by aviation, there is little opportunity for them to actually get into the air. Not only does the JRPSS provide them with the support they need to get airborne, but it also ignites desire and enthusiasm for personnel to learn more about aviation.
"On behalf of everyone at the Trust and
RAFFCA, I would like to congratulate the JRPSS scholars of 2017, and we wish them well for their training."
The JRPSS was launched in 2015 to improve the
airmindedness of Junior Ranks by offering them flying experience and the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the technologies used in aviation. In just two years, the scheme has already benefitted 40 serving personnel.
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