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Scholarship gives cadets' flying experience a boost

Published: 19 Apr 2017   updated: 09 May 2017

Nine Air Cadets from around the UK have been given the opportunity to increase their flying experience thanks to a new scholarship set up in honour of the RAF Charitable Trust's first Chairman.

The inaugural Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarships, which received £85,000 of funding from the Trust, provide 33 hours of flying instruction to selected cadets, with a view to obtaining a full Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). Each scholar was selected for their flying capabilities and potential to achieve a successful career in aviation,

Named in honour of Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael William Patrick Knight, the scholarship comprises a six-week residential course at Tayside Aviation, which will begin this summer, full access to online ground school training and a PPL examination.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton said:  "The Trust has a very close relationship with the RAF Air Cadets, providing a variety of opportunities and funding towards equipment to inspire and encourage the next generation of aviation minded individuals. 

"These nine cadets have already proved their love and capability for flying and we hope this scholarship will not only help them on their way to achieving a PPL, but also provide the foundations for them to pursue a career in aviation.
"On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I would like to congratulate the Sir Michael Knight scholars of 2017, and wish them well for their training."

To be eligible for the award, cadets must successfully complete an Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship (ACPS) and solo flight.   

Adam Lee, SO2 Cadet Aviation Plans and Engagement Officer at HQ 2FTS RAF Syerston, facilitated the selection process. He said: "Selecting just nine cadets was a very difficult decision given the high calibre of applicants. The individuals we have selected have shown outstanding commitment to the cadets, alongside the motivation and desire to pursue a career in aviation.

"The Sir Michael Knight Pilot Scholarship Award is a fantastic opportunity for these dedicated Air Cadets, providing them with flying experience which they may not have the resources to pursue themselves. This is an extremely generous grant from the Trust and I look forward to seeing our cadets up in the air!"

The Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarships launched in 2017 in honour of ACM Sir Michael Knight, recognising his vision and determination in establishing the RAF Charitable Trust and his exceptional leadership during the charity's first three years as Chairman of Trustees.

We are delighted to announce that the following nine personnel have been selected to undertake the Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarships 2017:
  • Benjamin Makin, 1010 Sqn
  • Matthew Patrick, 862 Sqn
  • Thomas Barnes, 2493 Sqn
  • Oliver Blakey, 141 Sqn
  • Joshua Brooke, 1247 Sqn
  • Jari Morganti, 1159 Sqn
  • Abigail Beckett, 948 Sqn
  • Cameron McEleney, 122 Sqn
  • William Proctor, The Kings School Grantham

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