Wednesday 19 June 2013 05:26 UTC
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Sennheiser has launched a new scholarship opportunity for UK pilots through the Live Your Dream award. Each scholarship will be worth £1,000 and can be used for any type of training a pilot wishes, from a PPL to a PPL(H) or IR, with the prize paid to the flight school on behalf of the winner. The scholarship has been launched in association with Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, where the winners will conduct their flight training. Read more…
Sennheiser's initiative is to be applauded: I hope many other companies will follow suit with cash donations.
The choice of the word 'Scholarship' I feel is a little ambitious:
Set aside the 'prizes in kind' (headsets, flight bag, charts etc- which are indeed to be welcomed) and you are left with £1000.
To use EchoDelta's example of possible use to which the 'scholarship' could be put, the IR; a grand would buy less than four hours IR training out of a minimum total required of 55 hours to gain the IR.
I stress I'm not in anyway criticising Sennheiser's kind gesture, but I am criticising the term 'Scholarship' for such a tiny percentage of the funds that would be required to complete any qualification be it PPL or IR.
Other 'Flying Scholarships' RAF (RIP) and those from GAPAN , pay for a significant chunk of , say, PPL training and IMHO can justly be called 'Scholarships'
Primum non nocere..
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