Rolls-Royce encourages young pilots through EAA scholarships

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will help young pilots achieve their dreams by pledging financial support for the 2011 EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program. Designed to support teenagers interested in aviation and aviation careers, EAA Young Eagles scholarships fund flying lessons and flight experiences for deserving teenage student pilots.

In 2011, flight training scholarships funded by Rolls-Royce will be awarded to six students who have completed the majority of EAA’s online ground school. Winners will attend an FAA-qualified flight school. Additionally, one student will receive a voucher towards flight training completion to earn a private pilot’s license.

Patricia O’Connell, Rolls-Royce President – Defense Customer Business, said: “Rolls-Royce is again excited to sponsor this worthy scholarship program for young aviators. We are proud of the students who receive these scholarships and like them, we are passionate about aviation.”

The scholarships will be awarded throughout the year. Scholarship winners are chosen by an EAA scholarship committee. The EAA Young Eagles program has allowed more than 1.5 million teenagers to experience flight and Rolls-Royce is proud to help continue this tradition.

“The excitement and passion for flight is still very strong among young people, and these scholarships will allow them to fulfill those dreams,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. “Rolls-Royce understands that it’s essential to support young people trying to reach their aviation goals, and EAA very much appreciates the company’s commitment to the future of flight.” Rolls-Royce is proud to be working with EAA and their Young Eagles program. Rolls-Royce has been a participant at EAA events for more than 20 years.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. Rolls-Royce is the world's number two defence aero engine company with 160 customers in 103 countries. The company offers engines in all key defence market sectors - combat, transport, helicopters, trainers, patrol, maritime and reconnaissance - and is well positioned on a number of new programmes that will deliver products over the next decade and beyond.
  9. Rolls-Royce has services agreements in place with all branches of the US Military, including the Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy, plus the Coast Guard.

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