Air BPs Sterling Pilot Scholarship gains momentum as third awardee is announced

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Air BP has awarded this years Sterling Pilot Scholarship to 17 year old Hertfordshire student, Robert Norris, who becomes the third awardee since the scholarship was launched in 2015. The scholarship, which is valued at around 10,000, aims to assist aspiring UK pilots with little or no experience of flying to achieve a Private Pilots Licence (PPL).

Through the scholarship Robert wants to work towards fulfilling his dream of flying a Boeing 777 as a commercial airline pilot. He gained his first flying experience at RAF Wittering aged 15 as a member of the Air Cadets. He has since tried gliding as well as pursuing his interest in aviation by often visiting the RAF Museum, London. Robert has already logged his first hours at Cambridge Aero Club, which is near the sixth form college where he is studying `A` levels. He then plans to continue his education and complete a degree in aeronautical engineering.

On his selection as this years Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholar, Robert said: Flying lessons are expensive and certainly out of my reach at this stage so I am incredibly grateful to Air BP. The Sterling Pilot Scholarship is a really good thing; it is an opportunity for young people who are considering training to be a pilot but whose choices have been restricted by the lack of access to student loans. Having a degree is also important, both during and beyond a flying career. With an aeronautical engineering degree, I will understand how aircraft are designed and be in a stronger position to resolve any challenges I might face as a pilot.

17 year old Hertfordshire student, Robert Norris, at Cambridge Aero Club.

Paul Westerman, Air BPs UK and France General Aviation Director, comments: We congratulate Robert on becoming our third Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholar. Air BP is committed to supporting young aspiring pilots to build a career in aviation and in so doing contribute to the supply of high calibre pilots to the wider aviation community. Air BPs Sterling Pilot Scholarship is a demonstration of BPs goal of inspiring young people to gain a better understanding of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education for their futures and for the wider aviation industry."

Alex May, the first Sterling Pilot Scholarship awardee is now in his second year studying for a BSc in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice and working through ATPL (Air Transport Pilots Licence) exams while continuing to build his PPL hours in preparation for his CPL (Commercial Pilots Licence), MEP (Multi-engine Piston Rating) and IR (Instrument Rating). The second awardee, Ze Burnett, is currently training with Flybe in Jerez, Spain to become a certified pilot.

Air BP works with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, formerly known as The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN), to organise the Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholarship because of its excellence in promoting the availability of scholarships to a wide public audience and history of conducting a rigorous and fair selection process.

Air BP has named the Scholarship, after its globally recognised fuel payment card, the Sterling Card. The Sterling Card provides easy access to fuel for thousands of clients and makes life simpler for private pilots, aircraft management companies and corporate flight departments at any of Air BPs 800 locations globally.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 10th August 2017 | Issue #428