07/08/2017 AIR BP’S STERLING PILOT SCHOLARSHIP GAINS MOMENTUM

AIR BP’S STERLING PILOT SCHOLARSHIP GAINS MOMENTUM

Air BP has awarded this year’s Sterling Pilot Scholarship to 17 year old Hertfordshire student, Robert Norris, who becomes the third awardee since the scholarship was launched in 2015. The scholarship, which is valued at around £10,000, aims to assist aspiring UK pilots with little or no experience of flying to achieve a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). 
On his selection as this year’s Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholar, Robert said: “Flying lessons are expensive and certainly out of my reach at this stage so I am incredibly grateful to Air BP. The Sterling Pilot Scholarship is a really good thing; it is an opportunity for young people who are considering training to be a pilot but whose choices have been restricted by the lack of access to student loans. Having a degree is also important, both during and beyond a flying career. With an aeronautical engineering degree, I will understand how aircraft are designed and be in a stronger position to resolve any challenges I might face as a pilot.”
Paul Westerman, Air BP’s UK and France General Aviation Director, comments: “We congratulate Robert on becoming our third Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholar. Air BP is committed to supporting young aspiring pilots to build a career in aviation and in so doing contribute to the supply of high calibre pilots to the wider aviation community. Air BP’s Sterling Pilot Scholarship is a demonstration of BP’s goal of inspiring young people to gain a better understanding of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education for their futures and for the wider aviation industry”.