Airservices scholarships to help young people into the air

16 May 2016

Airservices has awarded 10 young Australians a Giving Young Flyers Training Support (GYFTS) scholarship to encourage them to learn to fly and support their dreams of a career in aviation.

Offered in conjunction with Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus), the scholarships are valued at $2500 and will assist young people to complete their flight training.

Airservices Manager Air Traffic Management Nat Nagy congratulated the scholarship winners and highlighted the need to attract young people to the aviation industry.

“We hope that through these scholarships we inspire young people to continue their training and obtain their pilot licences,” Mr Nagy said.

“It is important that we attract and retain the next generation of aviators and Airservicesis proud and pleased to support their aspirations.”

Recipients of the Airservices GYFTS scholarships are:

  • Will Barber, Relbia TAS
  • Brianna Christian, Emerald QLD
  • Django Forrest, Sydney NSW
  • Alex Kuchmenka, Kippa-Ring QLD
  • Jack Last, Wagga Wagga NSW
  • Jackson Polinelli, Caloundra QLD
  • Cooper Pollard, Busselton WA
  • Elyzia Quinn, Nowra NSW
  • Laurence Ryland, Beaconsfield VIC
  • Nicholas Vardanega, Brisbane QLD

The scholarship’s financial support allowed previous winners to continue their flying lessons and many have either entered the Royal Australian Air Force or become commercial pilots.

Airservices is committed to fostering future careers in the aviation industry by sponsoring multiple associations that offer scholarships including the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia and the Australian Women Pilots Association.