London Biggin Hill Nick Davidson Memorial PPL Scholarship

There are only a few weeks remaining to apply for the 2020 Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship (NDMFS), sponsored by London Biggin Hill Airport. Here's all you need to know...

The scheme provides young people from the ages of 16 to 25 with a flying package worth £13,000, helping them to train towards their international Private Pilot Licence (PPL) standard. Scholars receive 45 hours of flight instruction with EFG Flying School, ground school coaching and examinations.

Previous recipients of the NDMFS have used their training as a springboard to a successful aviation career. Flight Lieutenant Steven Inch is currently undertaking fast jet training with the Royal Air Force, having completed his PPL at London Biggin Hill Airport in 2015. He hopes to fly the RAF Typhoon or F35-B Lightning II jet.

Captain Gary Merchant, chairman, NDMFS Trust, says: “We are delighted with the progress that all our scholars, since 2013, have made in realising their career ambitions. While this is extremely heartening for the Trust, the track record being set by our scholars with determination and sheer hard work is providing the industry with high quality pilots and aircrew. And there is more to come.”

Steven Inch London Biggin Hill Airport
Steven Inch did his PPL at London Biggin Hill in 2015

The Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship was set up in 2012 following the death of Airbus Captain and local pilot Nick Davidson, who worked as a flight instructor at London Biggin Hill Airport in the early 1990s.
The scheme provides flying scholarships thanks to the support of Nick’s wife Alina and co-sponsors London Biggin Hill Airport, Shipping & Airlines, Adams Aviation Supply Company, Pooleys Flight Equipment and Falcon Flying Services, which owns the EFG Flying School.
This year there is also a new associate sponsor joining the group for the first time in 2020. Redhill Aerodrome is offering free circuits and landing fees in support of the scholarship.
The 2020 Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship will begin at London Biggin Hill Airport early next year. Entries close on Friday 30 November 2019. For more information on the application process please visit:

About London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.

A designated UK Port of Entry, London Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of the capital makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to more than 70 resident aviation businesses.

There are very few places in the world other than London Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.


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