To celebrate Social Enterprise Day on the 16th November, CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) International Group, has embarked on its first social enterprise initiative.

In an effort to advance aviation medicine skills and capability in Malaysia, CAAi is funding Dr. Ling Seow Ng, with a scholarship to study a Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine at Kings College, London. The $20,000 scholarship was awarded through the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) at their annual scientific conference, held in Rome in September.

Earlier this month, CAAi announced it had become a UK registered Social Enterprise, committing to reinvesting its profits back into the global aviation community, to fund aviation regulatory improvement programmes that make the biggest positive impact on aviation; protecting those who choose to fly and those who do not.

Ben Alcott, International Director for the CAA said, “This scholarship demonstrates just one example of how we intend to inject funds back into global aviation to help tackle major aviation challenges with innovative solutions that provide a lasting wide-scale impact. This scholarship will help increase medical competencies in Malaysian aviation, and reinforces the importance of a strong safety culture in aviation”.

Upon receiving the scholarship, Dr. Ng said, “I am overwhelmed with this notable award. Financing is a major barrier when pursuing this vital training. I am utmost grateful to IAASM and the UK CAA for providing me with this splendid scholarship. This course is well-known internationally as the “gold standard” in Aerospace Medicine education. Receiving this award is an honour, fortifying continued momentum for me to learn from world experts and contribute to promoting the highest level of aviation safety in Malaysia”.

On completing the scholarship, Dr. Ng intends to return to Malaysia as a fully qualified medical aerospace specialist, paving the way for new horizons in Malaysian aerospace medicine through quality research and training. Eventually Dr. Ng hopes to establish a Malaysian aeromedical institute, providing specialist aeromedical services to airlines, pilots, and all aviation professionals.

For more information, please contact Stuart Coates, Senior Manager – International Marketing and Communications: stuart.coates@caa.co.uk

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