Farnborough Airport has announced that 18-year-old Farnborough local, Tom Ferguson, has been selected from a wide range of candidates to be awarded the Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship 2019 which 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’ 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, would ultimately love to pursue his dream of becoming a fast-jet pilot with the RAF. Before being awarded the scholarship, Tom completed a highly competitive application process, underwent various aptitude tests and 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.