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Fri 10th Aug

100th RAF Association Flying Scholarship Awarded.

CWO Akinme Akingbade has won the Association’s 100th flying scholarship! The 18 year-old cadet warrant officer from 370 (North Sheffield) Squadron ATC was awarded his 35 hours flying tuition by Air Marshal Julian Young at Conference this May.


“I remember going with the cadets to airshows and seeing the aerobatics and really wanting to do that,” said the Sheffield University aerospace engineering student. “It was the Typhoon display team. But my eyesight is too bad to be an RAF pilot. Flying with the air cadets and through this flying scholarship is the only thing I can do. And being able to fly, having that practical experience, gives me a much greater understanding of flying – I will have a feel for it, as well as learning the theory.”


Normally, one overall winner receives 35 hours’ flying tuition, with five others each receiving 12 hours, as thanks to the air cadets for their support of the Association. This year, because of generous funding from sponsors, we awarded two 35 hour scholarships and six 12 hour scholarships.


15 cadets were shortlisted for aptitude testing and panel interview from 300 applications. The quality of the candidates was exceptionally high and the selectors had great difficulty choosing the top eight.


The runner up, who also received a 35 hour scholarship, sponsored by the Teignmouth and the Torquay branches, is Cadet Corporal Benjamin Stephens (16), a cadet with 2487 (Easingwold) Squadron ATC.


The 12-hour flying scholarship recipients are:


Cadet Sergeant James Gordon (17), a cadet with 492 (Solihull) Squadron ATC.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Harrison Juhasz (18), a cadet with 331 (Chesterfield) Squadron ATC.

Cadet Sergeant Jack Oliphant (19), a cadet with 1271 (Bathgate) Squadron ATC.

Cadet Sergeant Samuel Page (17), a cadet with 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron ATC

Cadet Flight Sergeant Mark Woods (17), a cadet with 1137 (East Belfast) Squadron ATC


The 12 hour scholar who will be sponsored by the Aviation Focus Group, is Cadet Sergeant John Haile (16), a cadet with 444 (Shoreditch) Squadron ATC.


Cadet Flight Sergeant Harrison Juhasz  said: “I always wanted to fly – since my second birthday when I was given Thunderbirds. I have never deviated from that. I just want to fly. A fast jet would be ideal, but I’ll fly anything.”


The scholars will start their tuition this summer at the South Warwickshire Flying School.