Airservices helps young aviators into the skies

24 Apr 2014

Ten young adults are a step closer to a career in aviation thanks to financial support from Airservices Australia, the national air traffic control service provider.

The group, aged between 15 and 19, were chosen from a field of 40 applicants who had demonstrated an aptitude for flying and a commitment to aviation.

The Airservices and Recreation Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) Giving Young Flyers Training Support (GYFTS) scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will offer training opportunities for young people and assist them to complete their flying training at minimal cost.

Airservices Acting Executive General Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Elissa Keenan said that this is a fantastic achievement and wished them all the best with their future careers in the aviation industry.

“We hope these scholarships will encourage young flyers to become active, long-term members of the recreational aviation community and to consider a future career in the industry.”

Recipients of the 2014 RA-Aus and Airservices GYFTS scholarships are:

  • Samuel Barrett, 16, QLD
  • Rachel Crook, 15, QLD
  • Jack Ford, 15, NSW
  • Tim Hitchins, 17, NSW
  • Jack Humphries, 15, SA
  • Jamie Kugelmann, 16, VIC
  • Lauren Loeffel, 19, QLD
  • Jack Mitchell, 16, VIC
  • Levi Quilliam, 16, TAS
  • Hayley Smith, 16, VIC

Airservices funds 10 RA-Aus scholarships per year as part of its wider contribution to developing and fostering the Australian aviation industry. The scholarships are available to both male and female students who are 15-20 years old.

“We are pleased to support RA-Aus and its contribution to developing responsible and safe flying attitudes within the recreational pilot community,” Ms Keenan said.