New Zealand-based Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust is considering extending its Flying Scholarships scheme from one to two scholarships. 32 pilots have applied for the inaugural scholarships which are valued at $5,000 each.
Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager, Ed Taylor said: “The Trust had intended to award one scholarship this year but given the high calibre of applications we are now looking at the possibility of making two grants in this our inaugural scholarship year.”
The ultimate aim of the scholarships is to have a new crop of warbird pilots coming through the system to ensure there are pilots to fly historic aircraft for years to come.
“Just being able to fly some of these aircraft takes a high level of skill, to display them at an airshow like Warbirds Over Wanaka is an even bigger challenge,” says Ed.
A scholarship panel has started the process of evaluating all 32 applications and it’s hoped they will have drawn up a short list by the end of October and will be in a position to announce the winners in November.