Boundless Education Takes Flight at the Air and Space Institute with Stewart Davies’s Generous Partnership

Published on October 26th, 2023

Boundless Education Takes Flight at the Air and Space Institute with Stewart Davies’s Generous Partnership
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Students at the Air and Space Institute (ASI) are now poised to experience education like never before, thanks to the inspirational generosity of Stewart Davies, a prominent figure in National Renewable Energy and a local businessman.

Stewart has generously gifted a state-of-the-art helicopter simulator and unveiled a groundbreaking initiative that promises boundless educational opportunities for students.

The gifted Ryan Aerospace helicopter simulator equipped with X flight technology and a VR set, connected to a full-motion base, promises an unparalleled realistic flying experience. Students can now step into the cockpit and embark on solo virtual journeys that will feel as real as being thousands of feet in the air.

As a dedicated partner, he announced that he would help fund Private Pilot Licence (PPL) certifications for Further Education students at ASI up to their first solo flight. This remarkable gesture means that students will have the financial help and the opportunity to strive to achieve their PPL Solo flight without the financial burden of private pilot training.

Stewart Davies is a Director of a Company that is the proud owner of the Renaissance at Kelham Hall, and he is excited about the promising partnership between this historic venue and the ASI.

Stewart Davies said: “We would like to help the Air and Space Institute with its Aviation courses across the Pilot and Engineering pathways to encourage students and help them whilst they are on the course to fly an aircraft completely solo…. A day they will never forget!

“I will match fund students who spend their own £500 on flight training with a further £500 to spend on flying - to boost the 4 hours they already get with ASI – this incentive should get them a total of 8 hours of flight. If they continue and successfully complete a first Solo Flight, they will receive a certificate and their solo wings; I will reimburse a further £500 towards what they have already spent on PPL training. Therefore, awarding and contributing £1000 per successful Solo Flight student.”

Tom Marsden, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer at the Lincoln College Group, said: “It’s our mission to raise the aspiration of our students. Financial barriers can often make flying difficult to pursue, as it is expensive. As a public sector organisation, we rely on private sector support - we are very enthusiastic about the prospects of this partnership with Stewart Davis. More widely across the college, there is a broad scope of opportunities to upskill at the Renaissance at Kelham Hall Events venue.”

The Air and Space Institute is delighted to continuously form excellent partnerships that reinforce our commitment to delivering a boundless educational experience for students.

For more information on our Further Education courses, visit our website or register for our next Open Day, meet our expert tutors to discuss course options and speak to current students about their experience.

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