“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

Travis passed all his PPL exams and flight tests, way ahead of schedule but he recognises that, although his take-off has been delayed because of COVID-19, his flight training will still be ongoing until take-off.

Travis started flying gliders at 13, flew solo at 14 and passed his PPL at 16. Now it’s all about completing his Instrument Rating, Night Rating, Advanced Flight Training and keep flying; keep flying and keep learning. Travis is now aiming for over 400 hours before take-off, in April 2021.

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 passing his skills test later that summer. 

Travis had to wait until he is 17th birthday before his licence was issued – so, he got up at 5am to be outside CAA offices at 8.30am, on the morning of his birthday. The great people at the CAA licencing office, who knew he was coming, had it ready for him on his arrival.

The next day he flew to the AeroGuard Flight Training Centre in the US, to start his IR training.

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 2018)
  • Aircraft General Knowledge (PASSED 2019)
  • Flight Planning & Performance (PASSED 2018)
  • Human Performance & Limitations (PASSED 2018)
  • Meteorology (PASSED 2019)
  • Navigation (PASSED 2019)
  • Operational Procedures (PASSED 2018)
  • Principles of Flight (PASSED 2018)
  • Communications (PASSED 2018)

In passing these exams Travis did about 70 hours of self-study & over 30 hours of ‘ground school’ with his flight instructors and lecturers.

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

Then the real hard work began!


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 Travis is not planning to fly at night or in poor visibility conditions, Travis will have both these flight ratings on his licence for those moment, when he will need that expertise. Travis is currently doing his Night Rating at Pilot Flight Training, Oxford and his Instrument Rating (IR) with AeroGuard Flight Training Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.  

All aspects of advanced flight training, over the next 10 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), General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo) and Weather School provide a number of unique training packages for pilots, including;

   ⦁ Airspace Infringement Awareness 
   ⦁ Ditching and Sea Survival
   ⦁ Advanced Weather Course (Passed 100% in April 2020)

Travis' current flying hours logged 262 hours

Target hours, before take-off 350+ hours