Leading Edge Aviation hosted its 2023 graduation ceremony for 68 students, attended by over 250 family members, friends, and representatives from the aviation industry and major airlines.
A highlight of the ceremony was the recognition of its special award winners, honouring students who displayed remarkable achievements in their respective areas. The awards were presented on behalf of Leading Edge Aviation by Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive of Loganair. Ben Glasgow-Smith was recognised with the 'Best in Ground School' award for his hard work, grasp of theoretical concepts and a stellar academic record. Danny Flood was conferred the 'Best in Flight Training' award for his remarkable practical skills, earning first-time passes in all skills tests. The 'Graduate of the Year 2023' award was given to Vicky Watson for her excellent results, exceptional leadership, and embodiment of the academy's values. The 'Exceptional Contribution to Academy Life' award was bestowed upon Paul Hodgetts, acknowledging his significant positive impact on the academy community.
Leading Edge Aviation is committed to its mission to foster the next generation of pilots. It places a strong emphasis on technology-driven, personalised learning, and real-world experience to ensure its students are well-prepared to navigate their careers amidst the rapid advancements in the aviation industry. By harnessing technology such as virtual reality, advanced simulators, and personalised virtual learning, Leading Edge has supported its students every step of the way. Its seasoned instructors and facilities have fostered an environment that encourages both learning and growth.
Katie Broadhurst, Chief Talent Officer at Leading Edge Aviation, said, "The graduation ceremony not only marked the end of their rigorous training but also highlighted the dedication and resilience they demonstrated throughout. These qualities have been integral to their success on their journey to becoming pilots.”