The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today announced that two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) sponsored scholarships had opened, encouraging the development of young female pilots within the aviation community.
“This is the second year these scholarships are being awarded. The scholarships are intended to encourage young women to pursue flying careers, by assisting with the high training costs associated with recreational flying,” Mr Snowdon said.
The scholarships, available through the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) are open to female pilots aged between 17 and 24 years of age, who have attained their Private Pilot Licence (A) or an equivalent level.
The two RAAF sponsored scholarships being awarded are named The AWPA Formation or Aerobatic Endorsement (Aeroplanes) Scholarship and The AWPA PPL(A) Navigation Component Scholarship.
"As a result of the RAAF's support in 2012, we have two women pilots who were thrilled to achieve their aerobatics rating. With the RAAF's ongoing support, AWPA looks forward to being able to provide further opportunities for women pilots to follow their aviation dreams,” a spokesperson for the AWPA Association said.
Applications are now open and will need to be submitted before 31 January 2013.
Further information and application forms are available from the Australian Women Pilots’ Association website: www.awpa.org.au
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon): 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
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