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Tayside Aviation wins prestigious RAF award

PUBLISHED: 11:48 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:13 03 November 2016

Jim Watt (centre) receiving The Royal Air Force Central Flying School Trophy

Jim Watt (centre) receiving The Royal Air Force Central Flying School Trophy


Scotland’s largest light aircraft training organisation was honoured alongside astronaut Tim Peake

The CAA-accredited Tayside Aviation received The Royal Air Force Central Flying School Trophy for its outstanding contribution to flight training.

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots recognised their service to the RAF Air Cadet Pilot Scheme over 29 years at a ceremony at the Guild Hall, London, last week.

The trophy is the highest honour a flight training facility can receive, presented for contributions toward ‘the achievement of excellence in the delivery of flying training or instructional standards’.

Dundee-based Tayside Aviation, who provide training for private and commercial pilots, is the only school in the UK contracted to train RAF cadets.

Managing director Jim Watt said: ‘we are delighted to receive this prestigious award, and this year in particular as 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet organisation.

‘To achieve this level of recognition is very much a team effort and this honour is for each and every employee of Tayside Aviation.’

Also honoured at the award ceremony was Major Tim Peake, the British astronaut who spent six months on the International Space Station.


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