30 November 2017
Year Nine student Jack Milgate is the proud recipient of the Anthony Gobel Flying Scholarship for 2017.
This scholarship, awarded by the Bendigo Flying Club and sponsored by the Club and the Bendigo and Adelaide Banks, will enable him to complete his recreational pilot certificate with all expenses and literature paid for.
The Anthony Gobel Flying Scholarship was founded in 2014 in memory of Anthony Gobel, who sadly passed away in 2005, in a flying accident caused by circumstances out of his control. Anthony was the Bendigo Flying Club president from 2002-2003 and was a fantastic flying instructor, who could reduce the often complex ideas of aviation into simple to understand concepts. He encouraged anyone who was interested to pursue flying and despite being offered many high-flying jobs elsewhere, he maintained his much loved position as a flying instructor.
The scholarship aims to search for those aged between 15 and 23, with a genuine interest in aviation, with the hope of fostering a potential career in aviation for youth.
Recipients are expected to be fully involved in the club, assisting in cleaning club planes, promoting the BFC and scholarship and countless other tasks. It is to the value of $5000 and aims to get a student to the end of their RA-Aus license.
Jack described himself as honoured to be awarded the scholarship.
“Firstly, I am very grateful and can’t wait to learn how to fly. I would like to thank The Bendigo Flying Club and all of their members and also the Bendigo and Adelaide Banks. This scholarship is a huge stepping stone for my dream of becoming an international airline pilot,” Jack said.
“It certainly means I don’t have to rely on my McDonalds wage to fly. I am excited to meet and talk with members and spending more time at the club.
Parents Kristy and Darren are extremely proud of Jack and also extend their thanks to the BFC and the Bendigo and Adelaide Banks.
“Jack has worked really hard towards this and we feel he will continue to work hard during his scholarship.”