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Flight Lieutenant Alexandre Parr was tragically killed in a flying accident in 2016. As well as being a career pilot who was dedicated to the RAF, he was also a founder member of the RAF Waddington Flying Club and a keen supporter of RAFFCA as a whole. This scholarship is an excellent way for RAFFCA to remember him as a friend and pilot who enjoyed nothing more than to be ‘in the blue’. The Scholarship will be awarded annually to an aspiring aerobatic pilot to assist them in furthering their skills.
This year the inaugural scholarship is awarded to SAC Aaron Garcha. After his outstanding performance at the British Aerobatics 'Club Open' event at Little Gransden in May, at which he won 2nd place after only a handful of aerobatic flights, SAC Garcha will use this scholarship to achieve the award of his Aerobatic Rating, with a view to progressing to further competition in the future.
SAC Garcha is one of our Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme scholars, having gone on to achieve his Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence.
The training will comprise of 15 hours flying training on a light aircraft as well as ground study and examinations in core subjects such as Air Law, Meteorology and Navigation. Following a recognised syllabus, the training may count towards the award of a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). Selected RAF Flying Clubs will deliver the flying training on behalf of the RAFCT and applicants should note that, if successful, they may be allocated to a club that is some distance from their home stn. Training study packs, supporting documentation and apparel will be provided to Scholarship winners. Upon successful completion of their flying scholarship, those JRs wishing to do so will be invited to apply for the JRPSS Top-Up-Scheme (TUS). Also funded by the RAFCT, the aim of the TUS is designed to help a selected few JRPSS scholars continue their flying training course and achieve the LAPL.
In 2018, the RAF’s Centenary Year, the Charity will support and encourage 30 RAF Junior Ranks to achieve solo flight by undertaking the Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme. One of the lucky 30 will become the 100th Junior Rank to achieve solo flight through the Scholarship Scheme.