Applications for the 2017 scholarship are open from now until December 22, 2016.
The $5,000 scholarship is open to anyone who can demonstrate a tangible contribution to improving aviation safety in New Zealand. It could be used to fund a wide range of things including learning, resources or equipment for a person focused on aviation safety, research, or even development of a new process or product.
Past winners include Dunedin Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Hadley Cave who created an electronic tool to reduce the workload on controllers during busy times. Airways Safety Advisor and Investigator Kate Cook, the 2016 winner, is using the scholarship to pay for study on the role of human factors in safety.
The scholarship was set up in 2013 to honour Christchurch Airport based ATC Jilly Murphy who died in the Christchurch earthquake on February 22, 2011. Jilly worked for Airways for 20 years as a highly skilled controller.
Finalists will be notified in January and the winner will be announced in February 2017.
Download the application form here.
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