Civilian Instructors Paul Fothergill and Kirstina Pisano have each been award a £1000 Bursary by the Maritime Air Trust. Both were former Cadet Warrent Officers and are now members of the Squadron Staff. This is the first time that the award has gone to two members of the same Squadron.
Both Paul and Kris have achieved a huge amount in their 7 years in the Air Cadets, including Flying Scholarships, Gold Duke of Edinburghs Awards, overseas visits, shooting at Bisley in the Inter Service Cadets Championships, Distinctions in the Public Service First Diploma BTEC, Millenium Volunteers Award to name a few!
The Maritime Air Trust was formed on 15th August 2001 under the Patronage of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and the Presidency of Air Chief Marshal Sir John Barraclough. The aim of the Trust was to commemorate, through Project CONSTANT ENDEAVOUR, the maritime aircrew who gave their lives in World War II, and to highlight the enduring importance of maritime aviation to the Nation. The major part of the first aim was met with the dedication of a Tribute in Westminster Abbey by HM The Queen on 16th March 2004.
The Trust then entered its second phase to highlight the continuing importance of RAF maritime aviation to the wider public with the two prime goals of maintaining a high profile for the RAF’s contribution to the maritime aviation role, and to encourage young people to take an interest in RAF in general, and maritime aviation in particular, as a career.
Part of this involved establishing, with the support of the RAF Charitable Trust, a capital sum to fund 2 annual bursaries for selected Air Training Corps cadets in their first year at University.
The MAT Bursary Scheme is intended to support high-quality Air Training Corps Cadets in their first year of University. The selection process is based on the Air Cadet Dacre Awards best-cadet competition. HQ Air Cadets nominated 5 cadets from the shortlist of 12 for the Dacre Sword (male) and Dacre Broach (female) best-cadet. Four available candidates were interviewed by Air Cdre Andrew Neal, a Trustee of the Maritime Air Trust. He nominated the two winners and Air Marshal Sir John Harris, President of the Maritime Air Trust, confirmed the awards.
The 2007/8 Bursaries were awarded prior to the Whittle Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 10th March 2008.
The photograph show Air Marshal Sir John Harris KCB CBE FRAeS, President of the Maritime Air Trust (in the dark suit), and Cadet Warrant Officers Paul Fothergill and Kristina Pisano, the Bursary recipients (Photo courtsey of the Royal Aeronautical Society)