New scholarship will award flying lessons in a Tiger Moth

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers has introduced a new scholarship that will enable a young person to learn to fly in a Tiger Moth.

The award – created in memory of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland – is open to people under the age of thirty who have not previously been awarded any such bursary.

The training will take place in the DH82A Tiger Moths of the Cambridge Flying Group at Cambridge Airport. The club’s yellow and silver biplanes have 60 years of providing this experience.

The Coachmakers’ Company is a City of London Livery Company, raising and distributing charitable funds within the aerospace, automotive and coach making industries and for deserving disadvantaged members of society.

Group Captain Marcus Wills CVO OBE, Chairman of the Coachmakers Aerospace Awards Committee said: “This is a very exciting award, and the Coachmakers Company is delighted to play a part in helping a young person to achieve an ambition when otherwise they might not be able to do so. I am sure that, in the long term, learning to fly a vintage aircraft will make a significant contribution to a more widespread general knowledge of airmanship and flight safety.”

No previous flying experience is required to apply, although evidence of a keen interest in aviation is a necessity. The scholarship value is approximately £4,500 and is to be match-funded by the successful scholarship winner. The closing date for applications is 5th July 2014.

To view application forms and full details of the scholarship visit the Cambridge Flying Group’s website.

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