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Sean on the start line again!
After careful consideration the Board decided that scholarships should be awarded to the following 9 people:
Barry Harvey; Claire Hilton; Michael Holden; Kieran Jones; Lee Noon; Leanne Piccirillo; Charl Piennar; Audrey Terry and Jeff Winder.
Our congratulations to these nine candidates and our commiserations to the other ten.
Applicants, former scholars and selection panel members of the 2013 selection board held in March at RAF Cranwell.
Five of these will be for 3 weeks training with light aircraft involving 20 flying hours and associated ground school; and the remaining four for 4 weeks training with Microlights involving 25 flying hours with supporting ground school.
Scholars will be chosen from this year's successful applicants attending the Final Selection Board at Cranwell at the end of March.
The aim of the challenge is to land at an aerodrome in each county in the UK, with each leg being flown by a disabled pilot or one under instruction. The challenge will raise awareness of disabled flying in the UK and will raise funds to support those using the power of flight to increase confidence and self-esteem.
Photo: ITV Anglia
The award is given for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity – Martine lost both her legs in the London bombings in July 2005. Congratulations Martine from all at FSDP.
....... and in the process raised over £2,100 for the Charity.
Every leg was flown by an ex FSDP scholar or Trustee and as each one strapped themselves into the UFLY737 simulator, their right hand clamped to the thrust levers, left hand on the control column, they were ready for take off. Once 'airborne' they were able to take in the stunning scenery whilst managing their air speed, maintaining altitude and watching out for other traffic.
The simulator they 'flew' is based around the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft - all rather different from a Warrior and a fantastic experience!
Back row left to right - Ben Bennett, Mark Taglietti (simulator owner), Edwin Brenninkmeyer, Alec Walker and Al Rosser
Front row left to right - Mary Doyle, Caroline Begg, Pedro Vivado and Susie Dunbar.
Janine was a 2004 scholar and the following year was awarded the Wings Around the World Salver; later she went on to achieve her NPPL. In a thumbnail sketch of herself Janine wrote ‘Gaining a scholarship has not only given me the opportunity to realise a lifelong dream but also the insight that I should never let my disability hinder my plans and hopes for the future’.
Janine made many friends at FSDP all of whom will miss her greatly.
Janine at the 2005 Presentation Ceremony.
Sue’s successor, Julie Bull, is no stranger to Douglas Bader House. She joined RAFCTE (RAFBFE as it was then) in 1999 and was appointed their Marketing Manager in 2000 and eight years later RIAT’s Exhibition and Showground Manager. Julie will work alongside Sue from 1 November and we wish her well with her appointment of General Manager FSDP.
Julie with Sue
Our Patron HRH Prince Faisal of Jordan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton presented, respectively, certificates and flying jackets to our nine 2012 scholars: Mary Doyle; Ray Francis; Zan Marseilles; Alan Robinson; Steve Robinson; Lorraine Saupe; Mark Tomlinson; Pedro Vivado and Sylvia Wheeler.
Because this time last year 2011 scholars Dave Cooper and Helen Saxon-Jones were at Purdue University’s Flying School in Indiana they were unable to attend last years Presentation Ceremony, so this year they were presented with their ‘wings’ as well as their certificates and flying jackets.
‘Wings’ were also presented by His Royal Highness to 2011 scholars Sean Allerton; Della Brookman; Dave Conway; Matt Hill; Dan Walker and Sue Whitfield;
The George Stewart Trophy was awarded to Sean Allerton in the presence of Nigel Addington-Smith, a trustee of the George Stewart Memorial, and the Wings Around the World Salver was awarded twice!
First to last year’s winner Barbara Towler (who also belatedly received her wings because at the time of 2011 RIAT she was in hospital with a bad break in her arm) and to this year’s winner Sue Whitfield.
Scholars who received their certificates and ‘wings’ with HRH Prince Faisal and ACM Sir Stephen Dalton.
2011 FSDP scholar Sean Allerton (second left) setting off on his marathon 500 mile wheelchair Push on Monday 14 May at RAF Church Fenton, accompanied by Adam Douglas (third left) and Craig Reid (first left) and Charlie Reid (fourth left), the well-known Scottish band, The Proclaimers.