I have created a petition with the aim to award British trainee professional pilots with official student status in order to provide student pilots entitlement to:
*Zero or low interest, unsecured student loan access
*VAT exemption on training & examinations
*Council tax exemption & reduced income tax
*Discount on learning resources & travel
http:// petitions.number10.gov.uk/ Student-Pilots/
Spread the news and encourage as many colleagues, friends and family to do likewise! Download the flyer from the website and flypost wherever you can! The deadline is September 2009 but please act now. I want to make valuable changes that will help aspiring pilots achieve their career ambitions and I sincerely appreciate your time and effort. Make 2009 a year to remember!
Craig, September 2008
FULLSTUDENT PILOT PETITION STORY:
Petitionfor the award of official student status to British trainee professionalpilots...Air travel is becoming ever more important and the demand forprofessional pilots is increasing exponentially yet training costs are vast(£35,000 - £100,000), finance is of personal responsibility and qualificationoffers no guarantee of employment. Therefore many ambitious and talented individuals are hindered or evenprohibited from flying careers.
Thegovernment provides loans, grants and incentives to encourage universitystudents to attain qualifications which often have little employment value andbacks apprentice schemes for the majority of skilled professions yet it isignorant to aspiring pilots. Manycountries such as France, Sweden and America provide low interest, unsecuredcourse fee loans to their national student pilots and some even providegovernment finance flight training – Air France in France - KLM in theNetherlands - MEA in Lebanon – Dragon Air in China.
TheMinistry of Defence Military pilot training and service budget is derived frompublic taxation and expenditure includes pilot salary, food, accommodation andexpenses. Several members of the RoyalFamily have been trained who will likely never enter active service for thecountry. Meanwhile civilian pilots whosupport the UK economy must risk loans secured against assets, save for manyyears or even pay to work in order to finance their training!
Inresolution I propose the British Government award official student status totrainee professional pilots and thereby provide entitlement to:
* Standard low interest, unsecured studentloans of full training course value
* VAT Exemption on training &Examinations
* Council Tax exemption & reduced incometax
* Discount on learning resources and travel
Please sign the Petition at Pilot-Career.co.uk, spread the news and encourage as many colleagues, friends and family to do likewise! Post the promotional flyer and website banner downloadable from the website wherever you can! The deadline is September 2009 but please act now. I want to make valuable changes that will help aspiring pilots achieve their career ambitions and I sincerely appreciate your time and effort. Make 2009 a year to remember!