We’re on the hunt for another worthy project or idea that’s helping to make aviation in New Zealand even safer. Applications are now open for the 2020 Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship.
The $5,000 annual scholarship is offered jointly by Airways and Christchurch Airport to help a person or group to get their aviation safety initiative off the ground. Anyone is eligible to apply – the core requirement is that a project or endeavour will make a tangible contribution to improving aviation safety in New Zealand.
The scholarship fund may be used for a wide range of activities including learning, resources, or equipment for a person focussed on aviation safety. A project could be research, or development of a process or a product.
Applications for the 2020 scholarship close on December 20, 2019. Please complete your application here.
Finalists will be announced in January and will be interviewed by representatives from Airways, Christchurch Airport and a member of Jilly Murphy’s family.
Last year’s winner was Balloon Aviation Association of New Zealand President Scott Cursons. He used the scholarship to develop a safety training and certification programme that is now being offered free to recreational balloon pilots.
Other previous winners include Shaun Sutherland who used the fund to launch his Aero Club In a Box concept – a fully compliant safety management system and student training syllabus that is available for free to microlight organisations nationally. Kate Cook, former Airways Senior Operational Safety Advisor, used the scholarship to pay for post-graduate study on the role of human factors in safety.
The Jilly Murphy Memorial scholarship was established in 2013 to honour Christchurch Airport based Air Traffic Controller Jilly Murphy, who died in central Christchurch during the earthquake on February 22, 2011. Jilly worked for Airways for 20 years as a highly-skilled controller, with a passion for aviation safety.