The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers’ inaugural Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship has been awarded to Lincolnshire-based 19 year-old technical apprentice Harry Measures.
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.
The new scholarship is a flying award open for applications from young people of up to 30 years of age who have not previously been awarded any such bursary with the aim is to make a significant difference to the applicants opportunity to learn to fly.
The selection of the shortlisted applicants took place at the Cambridge Flying Group at Cambridge Airport who all had a chance to fly the group Tiger Moths.
It has been said many times that “if you can fly a Tiger Moth – you can fly anything!” and the yellow and silver Tiger Moth biplanes of the Cambridge Flying Group have 60 years of providing this experience and Scholarship-winner harry Measures will soon be able to put this to the test when he commences his PPL training.
Group Captain Marcus Wills CVO OBE, Chairman of the Coachmakers Aerospace Awards Committee said: “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 learning to fly a vintage aircraft will make a significant contribution to a more widespread general knowledge of airmanship and flight safety.”
Harry Measures the winner of the Coachmakers Scholarship, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen as the winner of the inaugural Coachmakers’ Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship. It will make a real difference to me as it makes it possible for me to start my flying training – and in a classic vintage aircraft at that.”