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Commercial Helicopter Pilot
CPL(H) Scholarship

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Scholarship Details

The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Scholarship will be awarded to a candidate selected from applicants who complete their PPL(H) at Helicentre Aviation Academy before 30th September 2017. The scholarship winner will be awarded the CPL(H) Theoretical Knowledge course, hour building up to 155 hours total time* on the Cabri G2, Schweizer 300 or Robinson R22 (dependant on type ratings held), and the CPL(H) modular flying course. 

Scholarship Value

Approximately £50,000

Application Criteria

• A Class 1 Medical
• A PPL(H), completed at Helicentre Aviation Academy before 30th September 2017

Selection Process

The initial selection process for the CPL(H) scholarship will be based on the information provided on your application form. Following a review of the application form by the panel, applicants will be invited to attend an interview in autumn 2017 once the application deadline has passed. Following the initial interview selected candidates will be invited to attend a further interview where a 15 minute presentation on any chosen subject must be delivered to the panel prior to the final selection being made.

 

* Training on the CPL(H) modular flying course will commence with 135 hours if a PPL(A) is held or 105 hours if an CPL(A) is held.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship?
  2. Why is Helicentre Aviation offering a Scholarship?
  3. How much is the CPL(H) Scholarship worth?
  4. Will I have to pay any of it back?
  5. Will I be bonded in return for being awarded the Scholarship?
  6. Are there any age restrictions associated with the Scholarship?
  7. Do I need to arrange my own Class 1 Medical certificate?
  8. Do I need any previous flying experience to apply?
  9. Why is the Scholarship only open to Helicentre Aviation PPL(H) Graduates?
  10. I have started training for my PPL(H) at another school. Can I still apply?
  11. I really want to apply for the scholarship. Can I transfer in from my current training organisation?
  12. What type ratings do I need to hold in order to apply?
  13. Is the CPL(H) scholarship open to international students?
  14. If I am awarded the scholarship will I need to pay for anything myself?
  15. How do I apply?
  16. When is the application deadline?
  17. What is involved in the selection process after I have applied?
  18. If I am lucky enough to be awarded the scholarship, what are the timescales involved?
  19. How do I find out more about the PPL(H) course?
  20. When will the training course for the Scholarship winner take place?
  21. How many scholarship applications do you expect to receive?
  22. Will you be offering a scholarship next year in case I don't meet the deadline?





1) What is the Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship?

The scholarship will be awarded to one successful applicant on 31st October 2017 and will cover the direct costs of the CPL(H) theoretical knowledge distance learning course (if required), hour building from the hours held on receipt of application to the pre-requisite hours to commence the CPL(H) modular course (155 total hours rotary, or 135 hours if a PPL(A) is held, 105 hours if a CPL(A) is held), and the cost of the CPL(H) modular flying course at Helicentre Aviation Ltd.

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2) Why is Helicentre Aviation offering a Scholarship?

For sixteen years we have been training new pilots from zero to commercial pilot and flight instructor, and we are always on the look out for the right people to join our team and fly for us. Our Chairman identified many years ago that a pilot shortage was on the horizon and that the need for assisting the right candidates achieve their objectives existed. Our success stories are plentiful; our former students are working in different roles all over the world doing living their dream, flying helicopters! We speak to hundreds of people every year who aspire to be commercial helicopter pilots, many of whom are unable to go beyond PPL(H) due to financial constraints given the high costs of hour building and advanced training. Choosing to become a commercial helicopter pilot is a life-changing decision and we are delighted for the third year running to be able to offer one of our motivated and passionate PPL(H) graduates the opportunity to realise their dream.

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3) How much is the CPL(H) Scholarship worth?

The total estimated value of the CPL(H) Scholarship is £50,000, which will be awarded as a combination of solo hour building and dual instruction at Helicentre Aviation Academy, and if required our in-house CPL(H) theoretical knowledge course in association with Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training. If appropriate type ratings are held, the scholarship winner may be offered opprotunies to hour build on the larger types as well as the two seat training helicopters, which will further increase the value of the hours awarded.

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4) Will I have to pay any of it back?

Not at all. The successful applicant will be granted a once in a lifetime opportunity which we hope will be the start of a long and fruitful career as a Professional Helicopter Pilot.

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5) Will I be bonded in return for being awarded the Scholarship?

Should you be awarded the CPL(H) scholarship, you will not be bonded, however a freelance position at Helicentre Aviation as a commercial helicopter pilot flying charter and pleasure flights will be offered to the scholarship winner and we hope that he or she will enjoy building up their experience to enable them move onto the next stage of their career, and eventually their dream job.

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6) Are there any age restrictions associated with the Scholarship?

The minimum age for the CPL(H) scholarship application is 18 years as of the 31st September 2017. Whilst there is no upper age limit, please bear in mind that under current EASA regulations there is an upper age limit of 60 years to operate Commercial Air Transport in single pilot helicopters and you will need to consider, should you be awarded the scholarship, whether it will be feasible for you to complete the entire training programme before reaching the age of 60.

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7) Do I need to arrange my own Class 1 Medical certificate?

Yes, at the time of application through to scholarship award a valid Class I Medical certificate must be held to ensure you are medically fit and eligible for the issue of a CPL(H) when the time comes. If you are awarded the scholarship the Class I Medical must be maintained throughout your training at your own cost. Class 1 medical examinations are usually carried out at the CAA headquarters at Gatwick Airport. To book your Class 1 medical call the CAA on 01293 573700 or get in touch with our training team on 0116 259 0186 to talk through any questions you may have before you arrange the medical examination.

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8) Do I need any previous flying experience to apply?

In order to be eligible to apply for the CPL(H) scholarship, you must be in a position to complete your PPL(H) with Helicentre Aviation Academy before the scholarship deadline. The PPL(H) is the first stage of training you go through in order to become a Professional Helicopter Pilot, so in obtaining the licence, which will remain valid for life, you will not only have completed that first important step allowing you to progress onto your commercial examinations, but more importantly you will hold a licence to fly helicopters which is an amazing achievement! Completing the PPL(H) course at Helicentre Aviation Academy will also make you eligible to apply for our scholarships year after year and have an excellent chance to join the many Scholarship Winners who are enjoying a career as a Professional Helicopter Pilot with the help of the funding they have recieved.

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9) Why is the Scholarship only open to Helicentre Aviation PPL(H) Graduates?

Helicentre Aviation Academy invests heavily in assisting motivated individuals fund their professional training, therefore it is essential that we are confident in the candidate's ability o the challenge and sucessfully complete their training. Choosing from graduates of our own training programme, having watched them progress through training and seen them interact with our staff and with other students gives us the best opportunity to assess ability, performance and personality, which are important factors in selecting a suitable candidate for the scholarship award and for future employment.

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10) I have started training for my PPL(H) at another school. Can I still apply?

In order to be eligible for our CPL(H) Scholarship you must complete your PPL(H) course and pass your skill test with Helicentre Aviation Academy before the scholarship deadline. If you have already started training for your PPL(H) elsewhere and you choose to complete the course there, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship, but please do come and speak to us about our FI(H) Scholarship, which does not require to you to have completed your PPL(H) course at Helicentre Aviation Academy.

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11) I really want to apply for the scholarship. Can I transfer in from my current training organisation?

If you have started training at another ATO and wish to transfer to complete your PPL(H) training with Helicentre Aviation Academy, please call us to discuss your individual situation and we can book you in for a training review. 

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12) What type ratings do I need to hold in order to apply?

At the time of application at least one current and valid type rating must be held on either the Cabri G2, Schweizer 300 or Robinson R22. If the licence application has not yet been processed, you must have in your possession a copy of the skill test report form provided by the CAA examiner who tested you for the PPL(H) skill test. You must ensure your rating is current at scholarship application deadline, and if selected, throughout the selection process.

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13) Is the CPL(H) scholarship open to international students?

Yes, international students who are permitted to study and work in the EU are most welcome to train with us, however it will be your responsibility to arrange your own living arrangements and visas if required. Applicants must have achieved English language level 6, which will be assessed during the RT test or PPL(H) skill test.

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14) If I am awarded the scholarship will I need to pay for anything myself?

The scholarship winner will receive a fully funded CPL(H) or ATPL(H) theoretical knowledge course, hour building to the minimum number of hours requried to commence the CPL(H) course (a maximum of 100 hours), and the CPL(H) modular flying course including five hours of night flying (a maximum of 35 hours) from the date the scholarship is awarded. Any theoretical knowledge enrolment fee, or hour building or training towards the qualification already undertaken by the winner prior to the scholarship award date is not covered by the Scholarship and will not be re-imbursed. The cost of keeping your medical certificate and at least one type rating current, as well as any travel, subsistence, and accommodation costs will be your own responsibility. Additionally any fees payable directly to the CAA for examinations or licence issue will be at your cost. Should you fail your skill test after your first attempt, you will be responible for covering the cost of the re-sit, including the aircraft hire, if applicable.

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15) How do I apply?

Register your interest on the Helicentre Aviation website, and a member of our training team will get in touch by phone or e-mail to run through the application criteria and answer any questions you may have. If you wish to go ahead, you can enrol you on the PPL(H) course there and then, or you can visit us to meet the team and speak to the intructors, students and hour builders before making your decision. Once enrolled you will recieve a copy of the scholarships application form.

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16) When is the application deadline?

You have until 31st September 2017 to complete your PPL(H) and submit your application for the CPL(H) scholarship. If you have sent your licence application to the CAA but have not yet received it back, don't worry, we can accept a copy of your skill test report form as proof of qualification. As of this year it is now possible to hand in your application form as soon as you are enrolled on the PPL(H) course, even though you haven't yet completed the PPL(H) yet. Doing this will make our scholarships team aware of your intention to be a scholarship candidate, and it will help us to plan more accurately the number of interview slots for the selection process. If you would like to do this simply download the form, and complete section one. You won't be able to go any furhter than this yet, so simply hand it to our training co-ordinator and it will be kept safe in a file until you have passed your PPL(H) skill test. At this point we can hand it back to you so you can fill out the remaining sections of the form and sign the declaration.

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17) What is involved in the selection process after I have applied?

There are two phases of selection following the initial review of applications. You will be invited to take part in an interview lasting approximately 30 minutes to one hour. You will need to bring the items specified in section 10 of the application form with you to the interview for inspection by the panel. You will be asked about your future goals and intended career path as a helicopter pilot, as well as timescale and how you would support yourself during your training should you be awarded the scholarship. There will also be some general questions asked to learn more about your decision making processes and your personality. Selected candidates will be intited to attend a further meeting and deliver a presentation on any chosen subject lasting 15 minutes using Keynote or Powerpoint (projector, screen and remote/pointer will be provided). You may wish to prepare for this presentation well in advance in case you are selected so that you are well rehearsed to present to the panel.

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18) If I am lucky enough to be awarded the scholarship, what are the timescales involved?

The CPL(H) scholarship will be awarded in October 2017. You will be enrolled on a distance learning theoretical knowledge course, if required, which must be completed by 30th September 2017. Hour building will subject to regular progress reviews and satisfactory examination results to ensure that theoretical knowledge training is completed on time. If you have already completed your CPL(H) exams you will be able to fast-track to the hour building stage straight away. Once both the theoretical knowlege examinations and the hour building are complete, you will be able to start our CPL(H) modular flying course which is an intensive course lasting three to four weeks on a full time basis (Monday to Friday). You must be available to take the course and pass the skill test with the nominated CAA examiner before 31st December 2017.

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19) How do I find out more about the PPL(H) course?

The first step is to register your interest so that a member of our team can call you to discuss the training process in more detail. We would like to invite you to meet our Chief Flying Instructor, attend a one-to-one career chat with our training co-ordinator, meet the staff and current students, and have a look around the helicopters and the facilities. Optional trial flights can be arranged at cost to give you the opportunity to decide whether a new career as a helicopter pilot is right for you. Additionally you may wish to attend one of our free career seminars which are held every month. Call us on 0116 259 0186 if you would like to have a chat with a member of our training team.

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20) When will the training course for the Scholarship winner take place?

You must be available to complete all the CPL(H) theory and practical training between 1st January and December 31st 2018.

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21) How many scholarship applications do you expect to receive?

2013 was the first year we awarded scholarships and we only recieved 12 applicants for the CPL(H) scholarship. In 2014 we received 22 aplications, so whilst it impossible to predict how many applications we will recieve in 2017, the numbers are not expected to be high. Last year, we recevied only 19 applications! Bear in mind that previous applicants can apply for the scholarship again if they are unsuccessful so whilst we expect the number of applications for 2017 to increase, there is a limit to how many students we are able to train in a year and we typically get booked up very quickly in the last six months leading up to the scholarship deadline. It is therefore wise to plan to complete your PPL(H) in plenty of time to make the deadline (whilst the fastest student to complete a PPL(H) completed it in five weeks, you should typically allow two to three months full time and six to nine months if you are flying less frequently as there are nine written examinations you need to pass as well as meeting the flying requirements before the scholarship deadline).

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22) Will you be offering a scholarship next year in case I don't meet the deadline?

We have offered scholarships for three years running since launching the initiative in 2012. Whilst we are confident we will run another scholarship programme next year, the decision won't be finalised until the spring therefore it is advisable to aim to complete your PPL(H) as early as possible to be in a position to apply in 2017. Also bear in mind that each year we run the scholarship we expect the application numbers to increase on the previous year due to previous applicants being allowed to re-apply, therefore getting finished in time to apply in 2017 will mean less competition than we would expect in future years.

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Applications Received for the 2016 Award

19



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