An Aberdeen teenager’s dream of becoming an airline pilot is really flying after she won a £10,000 scholarship to flight school.
Zoe Burnett, 17, has been awarded the Sterling Pilot Scholarship by Air BP and will now be able to complete her private pilot’s licence.
Dyce Academy pupil Zoe, who has been a member of the Air Cadets since she was 13, said: “I feel very fortunate and excited to have been selected and am very grateful to Air BP.
“The award will offer me the chance to pursue my lifelong dream that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do.”
Piloting is an industry in which females are very much underrepresented, and Zoe is also determined to help address that.
She added: “I am also delighted to be the first young woman to receive the award.
“Women pilots represent only 5% of the total pilot population. As we currently are experiencing a pilot shortage, I would like to think that I might inspire more young women to get involved.”
Elena Melia, Air BP’s general manager, UK and France, said: “We congratulate Zoe on becoming our second Air BP Sterling Pilot Scholar.
“She is a bright and motivated young woman and we are delighted that our contribution will help her realise her life-long ambition.
“Air BP is committed to supporting young aspiring pilots like Zoe who want to build a career in aviation and to contributing to the wider aviation community.”