By Joanne Warnock
A 17 year-old air cadet from Dyce has been propelled to success after winning a £10,000 pilot scholarship through Air BP.
Teenager Zoe Burnett has been receiving her ‘higher education’ with Tayside aviation in Dundee after being told there were no resouces available at Aberdeen airport.
Zoe makes the 150-mile round trip every week to Dundee airport where she receives her personal pilot licence (PPL) training, helping her to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a commercial pilot.
A member of Aberdeen 107 squadron since she was 13 years-old, Zoe is the first female to win the Air BP sterling pilot award, she said:
“I feel very fortunate and excited to have been selected. The award will offer me the chance to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a pilot.
“As a young girl, I lived next door to Aberdeen airport and used to watch the aircraft take-off and land.
“I used to dream one day that I would be sitting in the cockpit.”
Regarding her status as a female pilot, she said: “I am delighted to be the first woman to receive the award. I would like to think that I might inspire more young girls to get involved.”
Air BP’s general manager for UK and France, Elena Melia said:
“We congratulate Zoe on becoming our second scholar.
“She is a bright and motivated young woman and we are delighted that our contribution will help her realise her lifelong ambition.”
Air BP’s stering scholarship is open to the whole of the UK and was launched in 2015.