TRAINING TIMELINE TO TAKE OFF

“The more that I fly, the more things I will learn. The more that I learn, the safer and more successful I will be.”

-Travis Ludlow

FLIGHT TRAINING & PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE

Travis has passed all his PPL exams and flight tests, way ahead of schedule but he recognises that his flight training will be ongoing until take-off in 2020. Travis started flying gliders at 13, flew solo at 14 and passed his PPL at 16. Now it’s all about waiting until his 17th birthday, doing as much training for his Night Rating and Instrument Rating – keep flying, keep learning.

Completed 25 hours of glider training at Booker Gliding Club and RAF Halton, before flying solo on 13th February 2017.

Completed 71 hours of PPL flight training at West London Aero Club, flying Solo the day after his 16th birthday and completing his tri-Navigation during the school summer holidays, later the same year.

Now Travis has to wait until he is 17 before his licence is issued – he says he will be waiting outside the CAA offices on his birthday.

Travis passed all 6 of his compulsory CAA PPL flying exams over a year ahead of schedule and the last three were passed after his GCSE’s but still 6 months ahead of schedule.

  • Air Law (PASSED)
  • Aircraft General Knowledge (PASSED)
  • Flight Planning & Performance (PASSED)
  • Human Performance & Limitations (PASSED)
  • Meteorology (PASSED)
  • Navigation (PASSED)
  • Operational Procedures (PASSED)
  • Principles of Flight (PASSED)
  • Communications (PASSED)

 

In passing these exams Travis will has done about 70 hours of self-study & over 30 hours of ‘ground school’ with his flight instructor.

Travis passed his final PPL Flight Exam in early November 2019 after 71 hours of flight training.

Then the real hard work began!



ADVANCED FLIGHT TRAINING & MODULAR COURSES

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 300 hours before taking off for his around the world flight.

Although there is no intention for Travis to fly at night or in poor visibility conditions, Travis will have both these ratings on his licence for emergency/safety reasons.

Travis is currently doing his Night Rating at White Waltham and is Traveling to the US in February and then again in April to complete his Instrument Rating (IR) with AeroGuard in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

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

TAKE-OFF PLANNED FOR THE FIRST TO WEEKS OF JUNE 2020

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