Young Haverhill pilot gets flying scholarship

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A young flying enthusiast has been given a helping hand towards his dream of becoming a pilot.

Dan Badcock, who lives in Haverhill, has been awarded a bursary that will allow him to train to fly aeroplanes.

The Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship was awarded by the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers.

Dan, a Monarch Aircraft Engineering Direct Entry Trainee, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen as the winner of the Coachmakers’ Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship.

“This Scholarship provides me with the perfect opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream to start my flying training.”

Dan will be training in Tiger Moth biplanes at the Cambridge Flying Group as part of the PPL training course.

Group Captain Marcus Wills CVO OBE, Chairman of the Coachmakers Aerospace Awards Committee, was pleased the group could help.

He 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.”

The scholarship is a flying award which is open for applications from young people of up to 30 years of age who have not previously been awarded any such bursary. The aim is to make a significant difference to the applicants opportunity to learn to fly.

The selection of the short listed applicants took place at the Cambridge Flying Group at Cambridge Airport.