Aviation scholarship winners take to the skies

19 Mar 2013

Four aviation enthusiasts will continue their aviation dream thanks to the financial support of Airservices Australia, the nation’s air navigation service provider.

The four have been awarded Airservices Learn to Fly Scholarships in conjunction with the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia (RFACA).

The scholarships are part of a three-year sponsorship agreement worth almost $100,000 aimed at identifying the next generation of Australian pilots.

Each winner receives $7700 to subsidise the cost of obtaining a Private, Commercial or Instructor Pilot’s Licence.

Airservices Executive General Manager Government and Industry Affairs, Unni Menon, said the scholarships were part of the organisation’s commitment to developing and fostering the Australian aviation industry.

“We are very pleased to support RFACA and contribute to the future of the industry as we encourage people to pursue their dreams and a future in aviation. 

“Airservices congratulates the winners of these scholarships, and encourages them to continue their training and obtaining their licences,” Mr Menon said.

The recipients were awarded the scholarship to allow them to continue their flying training, with two of the recipients working towards their private pilots licence and two working towards their instructor’s licence.

Recipients of the Airservices Learn to Fly Scholarships are:

•    Harriet Swale – Royal Aero Club of WA
•    Joshua Dawes – Alice Springs Aero Club
•    Howard Veel – Rockhampton Aero Club
•    Alkmini Stefanidis – Royal Victorian Aero Club

Winners were announced last night, 18 March, at the RFACA Annual Flying Conference.