Farnborough Airport has opened its Flying Scholarship for 2020. Now in its 13th year, the programme engages local schools and colleges to inform and educate about aviation.

Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, Farnborough Airport grants one person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

The Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme.

Over the past decade, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry. These include commercial airline pilots.

Last year’s scholarship recipient, 18-year-old Tom Ferguson, is currently undertaking flight training at Blackbushe School of Flying at Blackbushe Airport. He is aiming to gain his PPL and become a fully qualified pilot.

Brandon O’Reilly, CEO Farnborough Airport, said: "We look forward to welcoming our next flying scholar for 2020. We are extremely proud to support this initiative which helps young people to gain valuable flying experience and reach their full potential."