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Successful Scholars End on a High

Published: 23 Aug 2019


A busy stage of training for three ACM Sir Mike Knight Flying Scholarship award winners was rounded off with a special visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo in July.

To celebrate the end of their scholarship with the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT), the scholars, who are all Air Cadets, were welcomed on board the Voyager at the airshow at RAF Fairford. 

Angus Turnor from North London, William MacMillan from Renfrewshire and Aaron Horrocks from Cambridgeshire, have each completed their scholarship and are looking to further their flying careers as they all aim for a full private pilot license (PPL).

William is hoping to apply for the Navy, Aaron is currently in the final stages of the RAF pilot selection, and Angus is heading to California to complete more training. 

On receiving a scholarship, each scholar receives around £10,000, which enables them to pay for their training, exams, accommodation, food, equipment, and transport throughout the course.

Each scholar spoke about the opportunities the scholarship had given them. Angus said: "It allows you to get a head start in aviation, it's such a huge benefit." 

Aaron added: "I recently went around the whole of Norfolk and flew over a couple of RAF stations, without the Trust we wouldn't have any of that. It's just one of the most incredible things I am able to do." 

William commented: "It's given me the chance to continue to fly. I have been gliding for four years and it has made me really want to pursue a career as a pilot even more." 

RAFCT director Justine Morton said: "These three young pilots are set for exciting futures in aviation, we are happy to have helped them on their way with a PPL and to share their RIAT experience with them."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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