Cadet Corporal Paddy Mitchell of 177(Blackpool airport) Squadron has been awarded a prestigious Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarship by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT).
Cpl Mitchell has already completed a normal Air Cadet flying scholarship (ACPS) at Tayside Aviation for which he was awarded his Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship (Gold Wings).
His performance at Tayside Aviation put him within the 90th percentile of those undertaking ACPS training in 2018, an achievement of which he is rightly proud.
This new Flying Scholarship is a six week residential course at Tayside Aviation with a minimum of 33 hours flying training, Private Pilot Licence examination modules and full access to online ground school training.
This award will be presented to him at a ceremony at HQAC RAF Cranwell at a date soon to be arranged.
Cpl Mitchell joined 177 squadron not long after his 13th birthday, he has always wanted a career in aviation and the RAF.
His main role on the Squadron is working with our two flight simulators to train cadets in their use and prepare our team for the Wing training Day competition.
He is currently training and working towards his RAF application.
Cpl Mitchell said “This is an amazing award, to think I can get my PPL curtesy of the ATC and the RAFCT.” He continued “Being a member of 177 Squadron has been on of my best decisions, all the staff there have helped me so much with achieving my future plans. I cannot thank them enough!”.
Flt Lt Nickson, OC 177 Squadron added ” This is an amazing success for Cpl Mitchell, it will really aid him with his career plans. It also makes us ‘2 for 2’ as we had a cadet be awarded the same Flying Scholarship last year also. I could not be more proud of the success my cadets are making of themselves”