17. 12. 2009 - This Year’s Prestigious A J Walter Aviation Bursary at London City University Went to Czech Airlines

Prague, 17 December 2009

In tough competition among the employees of European airlines, for the prestigious A J Walter Aviation Bursary at London City University, David Němec, a Czech Airlines aircraft technician, came first this year. This earned him the opportunity to study in a master’s programme in Aircraft Maintenance Management. The scholarship is awarded annually by A J Walter Aviation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of spare parts for aircraft.

The scholarship was awarded for the third time this year and A J Walter Aviation concentrated on applicants from companies based in Europe. It is intended for aircraft maintenance technicians of companies focused on air transport, air defence, and other related fields. Scholarship applicants must meet several criteria. These include the submission of an application to study in the discipline of Aircraft Maintenance Management, including a professional curriculum vitae, education in the field of aircraft maintenance, and at least two years of professional experience in a relevant position. The winner was chosen by an expert committee on the basis of the quality of the essay, on: “Is the increasing financial pressure on airlines and aircraft maintenance compatible with the integrity and safety of maintenance as such?” and an essay on: “What advantages will my involvement in the studies bring the company for which I work?

The possibility of further education in Aircraft Maintenance Management at the renowned City University of London is of a great benefit for both our colleague David Němec and for Czech Airlines. The patronage of one of our main business partners in aircraft equipment supply and maintenance, A J Walter Aviation, is admirable at such a difficult time for the aviation industry and air transport. The success of our colleague, David Němec, in such tough competition, confirms the high level professionalism and expertise of Czech Airlines’ employees,” said Jaroslav Kubeš, Chief Executive of the Czech Airlines’ Technical Operation Division, with respect to the winning of the scholarship.

When they contacted me from A J Walter Aviation, I couldn’t believe my ears. For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and an interesting experience. For Czech Airlines, the further increasing of my qualifications will, I hope, prove to be an asset for the Company’s future,“ said the scholarship recipient David Němec, an Airbus technician at Czech Airlines.

Boris Wolstenholme, Chief Executive of A J Walter Aviation, confirmed his Company’s commitment to the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management programme: “The aviation industry needs engineers of the highest calibre to balance the operational efficiency of modern aircraft fleets with the commercial imperatives of successful airline businesses. This degree programme is designed to develop the abilities of outstanding individuals and A J Walter Aviation is proud to support David Němec in his studies.

The study is comprised of eight educational modules and other optional subjects, such as aircraft maintenance services and operating control, flight worthiness and maintenance, active safety management, and crisis management. The master’s course can be completed within no less than a year, and the maximum duration is three years. The study starts in January 2010, and its successful completion is conditional on a worthy dissertation.

The study of aeronautics and other fields in London has a continuous tradition of 100 years. In 1909, it was started by Sir Frederick Handley Page at Northampton College, the predecessor of the present City University of London. In the early 1960s, the instruction expanded significantly with the addition of related disciplines.

A J Walter Aviation is the largest privately owned aircraft spares and component management company in the world. It has been established for than 75 years and is focused on the supply and repair of spare parts for modern Airbus and Boeing aircraft. With an inventory comprising more than 400,000 line items, and distribution hubs in Europe, USA and Asia, AJW provides services to companies in over 100 countries.


Hana Hejsková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Spokesperson