Cadet Flight Sergeant Esmée Webley, an 18-year-old Air Cadet with 2522 (Bedlington) Squadron ATC, has qualified as a pilot, thanks to a scholarship funded by the Royal Air Forces Association.
Esmee was awarded a 35 hour scholarship which allowed her to obtain an EASA Light Aeroplane Licence (LAPL). She chose to top this up to a full 45 hour EASA Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course, and succeeded in completing the entire flying syllabus and theoretical knowledge examinations within the six weeks of her school holiday!
Chief Flying Instructor, Raymond Stock, was impressed with Esmee’s performance throughout the course: “Esmee demonstrated dedication as well as intelligence. She also managed to accompany the Club on two fly-outs; one to Cherbourg in France and the other to Brighton on the South Coast. She was at the controls of a light twin aeroplane on both legs of the trip to France. With further flying training and experience; she will indeed develop into a skilled and knowledgeable pilot. We wish her well for the future.”