Two members of the CCF RAF Section have recently brought great distinction to themselves, their families and to the school’s CCF by being awarded scholarships to further their careers in flying. Cadet Flight Sergeant James Taylor received his award of an Air League Gliding Scholarship on the 20th May from HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Air League, and Cadet Sergeant Ian Cheung was presented with his RAF Association Flying Scholarship on the 18th May by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford.
Ian Cheung’s award which comprises 12 hours of flying training was presented to him at the RAF Association’s Annual Conference in Blackpool, following an application process in which he had to outline why he thought he was a suitable candidate and how he had helped the RAF Association and then, as one of only 12 shortlisted candidates out of over a 100, face a panel interview and a 6 hour long RAF pilot aptitude test at the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. The RAFA Scholarship is the third flying scholarship Ian has won having already attained one for gliding and one for powered aircraft, both of which were for 12 hours training, and all three will see him well on his way to achieving his ambition of becoming a commercial pilot. Group Captain Hounslow, the Director of Membership and Operations for the RAFA congratulated Ian on his award and praised him for his maturity and confidence “as a very smart, articulate, knowledgeable and gifted young man.” The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, was also present at the conference to congratulate Ian on his achievements.
The accompanying photograph of Ian with the Chief of the Air Staff was supplied by Darren Kamara.