Travis is ahead of schedule in his flight training and PPL exams but he recognises that his flight training will be ongoing until take-off in 2020. Travis started flying gliders at 13, now it's all about single engine aircraft, flying solo at 16 and getting his PPL, which he cannot get until he is 17 - but he can pass all the exams and flying courses, six months before.
Completed 25 hours of glider training at Booker Gliding Club and RAF Halton, before flying solo on 13th February 2017.
Travis is well ahead of schedule in completing his PPL. Having flown solo the day after his 16th birthday. He is expected to complete the PPL course by mid August, six months ahead of schedule.
Travis has already passed all 9 of his compulsory PPL flying exams 6 were passed over a year ahead of schedule and the last three were passed after his GCSE's but still 6 months ahead of schedule.
In passing these exams Travis will has done about 70 hours of self study & over 30 hours of 'ground school' with his flight instructor.
As Travis has already completed Phase 1 and 2 of his PPL, his instructor is now taking him through the final Navigation in Phase 3.
Travis has now completed Phase 3 and is now just waiting to take his final flight test (October 2019); but unfortunately he will only be allowed to actually get his PPL licence on February 13th 2020 (his 17th birthday). Then the real hard work begins!
Modular Courses include Night Rating (NR) and Instrument Rating (IR) Courses, as well a number of safety courses including Ditching & Sea Survival. One can never learn enough. In addition, Travis is aiming to log over 350 hours before taking off for his around the world flight.
All aspects of flight training, crammed in to eight months, including;
· Long distance flights
· Stalling revision and advanced stalling
· Flight in and through controlled airspace
· Emergencies - Concentrated practice on PFLs and EFATOs, fuel, stuck throttle, engine mechanical failure & fire etc
· Circuits and landings
· Decision-making under pressure
· Operating at the boundaries of the flight envelope
There is no plan to fly at night or in poor visibility conditions but Travis will have both these ratings for the journey.
UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo) provide a number of unique training packages for pilots, including;
· Airspace Infringement Awareness
· Ditching and Sea Survival
* If all goes to plan, TAKE-OFF will be EARLY JUNE 2020