Rolls-Royce encourages young pilots through EAA scholarships

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will help young pilots achieve their dreams by pledging financial support for the 2010 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 2010, flight training scholarships funded by Rolls-Royce will be awarded to six students who have completed the majority of EAA’s online ground school class Winners will attend an FAAqualified flight school. Additionally, one student will receive a voucher towards flight training completion to earn a Private Pilot’s license.

Ken Roberts, Rolls-Royce, President – Helicopters, said: “Rolls-Royce is excited to sponsor this worthy scholarship program for young aviators. EAA Young Eagles represents education, aviation and passion for flight. We are proud of the students who receive these scholarships and like them, we share a passion for 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, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs more than 38,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  3. In 2009, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested $1.4 billion in research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  4. Rolls-Royce has served the light turbine general aviation market for more than 40 years, producing more than 30,000 M250 engines during that period. Included in that number are 1,500 M250 turboprops which have accumulated nearly 7 million hours of flight experience.
  5. Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The M250 line has produced over 30,000 engines, more than half of which are still in service with approximately 4,500 operators in 150 nations. The M250 family has accumulated over 200 million flight hours, providing an unmatched level of expertise in every conceivable operational condition.
  6. Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 7,300 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the Bell 206/407/430 and AgustaWestland Super Lynx/AW159/T129. This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.
  7. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) embodies the spirit of aviation the world’s most engaged community of flying enthusiasts. EAA has 160,000 members and 1,000 chapters. Each summer, EAA produces the famed EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis., known as The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Additional information is available at

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