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Derek Pake launches 'fun flying' scholarship

Derek Pake and his aircraft 'Wee Vans'
Derek Pake and his aircraft 'Wee Vans'

Derek Pake, winner of the 2023 Pooley’s International Dawn to Dusk Duke of Edinburgh Trophy, has teamed with aviation art company Squadron Prints to provide a £2,000 scholarship aimed at encouraging a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to achieve their goal of entering light general aviation.

“This scholarship award is specifically aimed at those who wish to fly for fun, whether it be in gliders, microlights, gyrocopters, helicopters, or light aircraft,” Derek told FLYER.

“Those wishing to enter the commercial aviation route already have many scholarship opportunities or sponsorship schemes, so this one is not for you!”

The successful applicant should submit a self-composed application which demonstrates their passion for aviation, detailing their goals and ambitions should they be successful in gaining the award, and how they intend to sustain their qualifications in the future. Applicants can be at any stage of their training or indeed already qualified.

Judging will be conducted by Derek, Gill Howie and Berry Vissers of Squadron Prints, with assistance from FLYER’s Ian Seager.

The judges will be looking for someone who can make them grin (along with their future passengers) as well as bringing a worthy level of enthusiasm and passion to the light general aviation sector of the aviation world.

Applications to Derek by email: [email protected] or by post to

27 Coyle Park
KA10 7LB

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 July 2024 and the winning entry will be announced around the beginning of August.


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