6 September 2023
Seventeen-year-old Mollie Wadsworth is the latest young pilot to receive help from Air bp under the fuel company’s Sterling Pilot Scholarship.
Mollie from Bingley, Yorkshire is currently undertaking her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) at Yorkshire Aviation Academy at Leeds East Airport.
Mollie started plane spotting age nine, joined the Air Cadets at 12, and took her first flight at 13 at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. She hopes to complete her PPL by the end of September this year and eventually to go on to complete her Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL), work as a commercial airline pilot and fly the Airbus A350.
“I feel honoured and so fortunate to have been chosen and would like to thank Air bp for the opportunity,” said Mollie.
“I love that through doing this scholarship, I will learn so much more about a subject that I am so passionate about, while gaining confidence and resilience, and fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“As a woman, I hope that I can encourage other aspiring young pilots to apply for scholarships like Air bp’s and follow their dreams in an industry where female pilots are so underrepresented.”
Air bp works with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP) to organise the Sterling Pilot Scholarship because of its excellence in promoting the availability of scholarships to a wide public audience and its history of conducting a rigorous and fair selection process.