Helicentre Aviation Academy announced the winners of its 2018 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme. Tom Oliver from Sheffield, U.K., received the prestigious Commercial Pilot Scholarship award worth £50,000, and Sam Turner from London, U.K., the Flight Instructor Scholarship worth £20,000.

In addition, 13 of the academy’s trainee helicopter pilots have received part-funded scholarships towards their Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor courses. The prize fund totalled £150,000, ­– the most the company has awarded in a single year. A cumulative total of £650,000 worth of training has been awarded since 2012.

Oliver currently holds a PPL (H) and is a student on the BSc Hons Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) degree programme delivered as a joint initiative between Helicentre Aviation and Middlesex University. The scholarship Oliver has been awarded will fully fund the flight training costs of the modular CPL (H) course, including ATPL (H)/IR theoretical knowledge training and all post-PPL(H) hour building in the Cabri G2 helicopter.

Helicentre Aviation recently shared the success of 2017 CPL (H) scholarship winner, Janine Lythe, who qualified as a commercial pilot earlier this year. The award paid for all her professional flight training to CPL (H) and she is now ready to start the FI (H) course, which will allow her to join the company as a full-time flight instructor from June this year.

Applications for Helicentre Aviation’s 2020 Scholarship Programme are now open. In order to be eligible for selection, applicants must submit their forms by 31st December 2019 and complete their Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) with Helicentre Aviation before 30th September 2020.