Aspiring Essex pilot is awarded £1.5k for achieving his first solo

A budding pilot chasing her dreams after 18 has won £1,500 to achieve her goals.

Emily Malone of Tiptree has wanted to be a pilot since her school days and loved anything to do with flying.

However, she gave up on those dreams when she discovered, at a job fair aged 15, that her asthma would prevent her from applying for the RAF.

This did not stop her passion for flying and in December she received a test flight as a gift for her 33rd birthday, which inspired her to pursue her life’s dream.

Now, after six hours of training with the Seawing Flying Club in Southend, she has been named the winner of the Light Aircraft Association and Pooleys Solo Spring Scholarship.

She is set to receive £1,500 to help her complete her first solo flight.

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Launched to celebrate Pooleys 65th birthday this year, the scholarship was aimed at an aspiring pilot of any age or background.

The winning entry was judged based on the best entry answering the question: “Why do I want to fly?”.

Emily impressed the judges with her entry, which showcased both her lifelong ambition to fly and a genuine passion.

His full answer can be summarized in his last line.

She said, “Why do I want to fly – because now I’ve found that part of me I couldn’t bear to lose it again.”

Steve Slater, CEO of the Light Aircraft Association, said: “The competition was a huge success, generating a lot of interest and a final list of 60 entrants.

“Emily’s enrollment demonstrated a love of flight that many of us share.

“We’re thrilled that this allows him to go solo and probably beyond.”

Sebastian Pooley, Managing Director of Pooleys, also provided Emily with a starter kit of pilot training equipment worth £250.

He added: “On behalf of the entire Pooleys team, my congratulations to Emily.

“It was a great entry and hopefully the award will be a really helpful boost to her training and we can’t wait to hear how Emily is doing.”

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