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Air and Space Institute students benefit from gifted helicopter flight simulator and financial backing from businessman Stewart Davies

Students at the Air and Space Institute (ASI) are now poised to experience education like never before, thanks to the inspirational generosity of a local businessman.

Stewart Davies has gifted a state-of-the-art helicopter simulator to the ASI and unveiled a groundbreaking initiative promising boundless educational opportunities for students.

The gifted Ryan Aerospace helicopter simulator is equipped with X flight technology, a VR set, and is connected to a full-motion base.

Stewart Davies with the team from the Air and Space Institute and Newark College. Photo: Air and Space Institute.
Stewart Davies with the team from the Air and Space Institute and Newark College. Photo: Air and Space Institute.

It promises an unparalleled realistic flying experience where students can now step into the cockpit and embark on solo virtual flights.

Stewart also announced that he would help fund Private Pilot Licence (PPL) certifications for students at the ASI up to their first solo flight.

This means that students will have the help and the opportunity to achieve their PPL solo flight without the financial burden of private pilot training.

He 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 four hours they already get with ASI — this incentive should get them a total of eight 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.”

Stewart is a prominent figure in National Renewable Energy and a director of a company which owns the Renaissance at Kelham Hall.

Tom Marsden, chief strategy and 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 and 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.”

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