New National Coach for the LAA Pilot Coaching Scheme
Jan25

New National Coach for the LAA Pilot Coaching Scheme

Long-time Light Aircraft Association (LAA) Coach and test pilot Chris Thompson has agreed to take over as National Coach for the LAA Pilot Coaching Scheme from Will Greenwood, who stands down at the end of 2019 after almost a decade of service. Chris will work alongside Head of Training David Cockburn to help co-ordinate the work of the PCS Coaches and develop new initiatives for 2020. Chris has a wide range of flying experience in...

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Aviation Skills Partnership takes on new Form
Jan24

Aviation Skills Partnership takes on new Form

Pennant International Group PLC, who took over Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) in 2019 have announced their plans for the future of the organisation. According to a statement from Pennant, with effect 1st January 2020, ASP’s ‘Charter for Aviation Skills’ will be advanced through a new entity called the ‘Aviation Skills Foundation’ (ASF) which is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Pennant also say that by mutual...

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The Armstrong Isaacs Bursary Awards 2019
Jan22

The Armstrong Isaacs Bursary Awards 2019

The Armstrong Isaacs Scholarship was set up some years ago with legacies bestowed by David Armstrong, an original member of the Ultralight Aircraft Association, later the Popular Flying Association and now the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) and a former Chairman, and John Isaacs, designer of the Isaacs Fury and Spitfire. Initially it was used to fund a single NPPL scholarship every other year for a deserving under 30 years old. In...

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Air BP award fifth Sterling Pilot Scholarship
Jan12

Air BP award fifth Sterling Pilot Scholarship

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has named its fifth Sterling Pilot Scholar as 18-year old Kristoff Ahlner from Shenfield in Essex. The scholarship is valued at around £10,000 and aims to assist aspiring UK pilots like Kristoff achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). As the industry faces a global pilot shortage with 790,000 new civil aviation pilots needed to fly the world’s fleet over the...

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LAA Appoint new Head of Pilot Coaching
Jan11

LAA Appoint new Head of Pilot Coaching

David Cockburn has been appointed the new Head of Training for the LAA’s flagship Pilot Coaching Scheme, which through its nationwide network of coaches offers members flying training specific to LAA types and operations, including biennial reviews, tailwheel conversions, type conversions, strip flying diplomas, differences and recency training. The LAA say that David brings with him a wealth of experience gained both as a military...

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‘Reach for the Sky’ Aviation Skills Programme will Promote Careers in Aviation
Jan11

‘Reach for the Sky’ Aviation Skills Programme will Promote Careers in Aviation

A new skills programme to promote careers in the aviation industry to under-represented groups has been unveiled by the Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard. The programme, Reach for the Sky, is aimed primarily at young people from under-represented groups and will be delivered through partnerships with industry, expert bodies and educational establishments, and is aimed at helping to make the UK the best place to follow a career in...

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