Goodwood Flying School to continue Rob Wildeboer pilot scholarships in 2024

Goodwood Flying School launches its 2024 Rob Wildeboer Scholarships to help student pilots on their aviation journey after it received generous community donations. 

There are currently four Rob Wilderboer scholarships on offer in 2024, including (2) 10 hour training sessions in a Cessna 172, and (2) five hour training sessions in a Piper Cub.

Melanie Wright, Flying School Operations Manager said: “Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated towards our scholarships. Since we launched, we have raised an incredible £25,000 and helped 15 students on their journeys. We’re delighted that we can offer 4 more scholarships this year, and we hope that we can continue this for many years to come.”

Asking what the scholarship meant, a 2023 Rob Wildeboer scholarship winner said: “If you want to know what that actually meant to me, I have no shame in saying that tears were genuinely shed when I found out I’d been awarded this honour.”

The scholarships are awarded to commemorate the life of Goodwood Flying School manager Rob Wildeboer who passed away from a sudden illness in 2021.

In addition to the scholarships, Pooleys Flight Equipment has donated a number of PPL/LAPL Course Training Books to support the successful candidates.

To apply for a Rob Wildeboer Scholarship email Goodwood Flying School explaining in no more than 500 words which Scholarship you would like to apply for and why. Please provide brief details of any previous flying experience.  If you would like further information, please contact Melanie Wright, operations manager at Goodwood Flying School.

To apply, all applicants must be at least 16 years old and hold or be capable of obtaining the appropriate aviation medical.  Scholarships are only available for training at Goodwood Flying School in Chichester and training must be carried out during 2024.

Any training required beyond that provided by the Scholarship will be at the applicant’s own expense. Applications will only be accepted in writing via email to [email protected] by 14 April 2024. All applicants must agree to abide by the decision of the selection panel.


Rob Wildeboer: Image Dominic James Photography

Author: FTN Editor

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