The Fresson Trust is delighted to announce the launch of their new website. Trust Chairman, Grenville Johnston said: "The trust works very hard to try and promote the life of Ted Fresson as a great pioneer of modern aviation, and to encourage young people to start a career in aviation. This new website will help us to communicate the achievements of Captain Fresson to a wider audience, and will also make the application process for grants more straightforward".
Mark Morrison, an 18 year old Logan Air operations assistant based at Stornoway airport, has had his ambition to pursue a civilian pilot career boosted by the award of a financial grant from the Fresson Trust (www.fressontrust.org) . The grant covers the cost of his Civilian Aviation Authority Class 1 medical and ground studies for an air transport pilots’ licence. Mark started flying lessons at the age of 14 and, bitten by the aviation bug, he joined the Air Cadets but also self-funded his private pilots’ licence (PPL) which he gained at the age of just 17 years old. The Fresson Trust decided to support Mark due to his motivation and commitment as an example to all young people who wish to pursue their ambition. He has taken on a variety of part time jobs whilst at school to fund his flying whilst also actively contributing to the Air Cadets, along with much support from his parents. Having already gained his PPL as evidence of his proven aptitude, it was an easy decision for the Trust to assist him. The grant was recognised at a small ceremony at Inverness Airport on 26th November where Mark was presented with a certificate by the Chair of the Fresson Trust, Grenville Johnston CVO OBE TD, a former Chair of HIAL and current Lord Lieutenant of Moray. The Trust Secretary, Chris Birks, an airline captain himself who flies for Netjets and is a retired group captain who Commanded RAF Kinloss (2004-2006), presented Mark with a biography of Captain Ted Fresson, Air Road to the Isles. Other Trustees attending included Mark Fresson, grandson of Captain Ted Fresson after whom the Trust is named and was responsible for introducing commercial air travel to the Highlands & Islands during the 1930s. Photo courtesy of the Press and Journal