Farnborough Airport has announced that an 18-year-old Farnborough local, Tom Ferguson, has been selected from a wide range of candidates to be awarded the 2019 Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship. The scholarship provides training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
The Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s ‘Aviation to Education’ programme. Now in its 12th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate pupils and students about the aviation industry.
Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ (HCAP) scholarship programme, Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of providing the opportunity to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their PPL.
For over a decade now, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot.
Currently studying A level Maths, Further Maths and Physics at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, this year’s scholarship recipient, Tom, ultimately wants to pursue his dream of becoming a fast-jet pilot with the RAF. Before being awarded the scholarship, Tom completed a competitive application process, underwent aptitude tests and attended an interview before final selection.
He has been training at Blackbushe School of Flying at Blackbushe Airport and the time flown will count towards his PPL.
Tom Ferguson said: “I would like to thank Farnborough Airport for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. From when I was just a very young boy, I dreamt of being able to learn to fly, with the ultimate goal of becoming a fast-jet pilot with the RAF. This Flying Scholarship has brought me one vital step closer to achieving this goal and allowing me to make my dreams a reality.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO Farnborough Airport, added: “Encouraging young people and helping them to reach their potential is extremely important. As a former British Airways Commercial Trainee, I appreciate only too well the importance of opportunities like our Flying Scholarship. I am pleased to award Tom with this scholarship as he starts his career in the world of aviation.”