Bristol Groundschool Welcomes British Women Pilots’ Association Scholarship Winner

Bristol Groundschool (BGS) has welcomed Tessa Morris-Paterson – one of the recent winners of the ATPL theory Scholarship in partnership with the British Womens’ Pilots Association (BWPA).

Tessa Morris-Paterson from Farnborough received the scholarship which will cover the cost of 50% of her ATPL theory course.

Tessa, who previously worked as an intern for NASA Ames in California, holds a PPL(A) which she completed in just 6 weeks and has just started her ATPL theory course at Bristol Groundschool.

During her PPL she was the first student at her school to plan and navigate a trip around the UK. This took a total of 13 hours airborne, flying from Inverness to Gloucester, on to Biggin Hill (around London) and up to Durham before returning to Inverness.

She is undertaking her training on a modular basis and she has saved enough to pay for each part of her training so far.

Tessa said: “I am so delighted to have been selected for the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) Bristol Ground School Scholarship. The reputation of Bristol Ground School (BGS) really does precede them, and since embarking on my CPL journey I have consistently been told there is only one option for doing my ATPL theory.

“It was therefore merely a case of ‘how’ and the award of this scholarship has made that a reality.The support of British female pilots from both the BWPA and BGS is admirable and I will endeavour to turn this opportunity that I have been so lucky to receive into supporting and guiding young female pilots later on in my career.

“A heartfelt thank you to BWPA and BGS for this generous award; it will make a huge difference in terms of boosting me into the next stage of my dream of becoming a commercial pilot.”

Bristol Groundschool Business Relations and Communications Manager Gill Fowkes said: “We are delighted to be working with the British Women Pilots’ Association to improve the representation of female pilots in our profession. I wish Tessa all the best in her training.”

Sharon Nicholson, Chairwoman, BWPA added: “The British Women Pilots Association are pleased to be associated with Bristol Groundschool and see our members benefit from their services and encouragement.

I was so pleased to meet Tessa Morris-Paterson for the first time at the 2019 BWPA Awards Dinner in December and was fortunate to chat with her about her Guinness World Record attempt of flying ‘the fastest journey by plane to all contiguous US states’ for which we further awarded her the Hilda Hewlett Trophy.

I was very impressed by Tessa’s positive attitude and spirit and am happy to see her as a worthy recipient of the Bristol Ground School and BWPA Scholarship.

The BWPA Scholarship teams will be working hard to nominate more candidates to BGS in the coming months.”
For further information about Bristol Groundschool’s ATPL theory programme see: www.bristol.gs

Author: Rob Hall

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