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Published on July 1st, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Round the World Flight to Stop at Donegal this Weekend

Travis Ludlow is an 18-year-old schoolboy who has been flying since he was 12. He became the UK’s youngest glider pilot at 14 and the youngest certified PPL pilot at 17. His dream, since the age of 10, was to become the youngest pilot to fly around the world. He has never let go of that dream. Subject to weather, he’ll stop at Donegal Airport on Sunday as he nears the end of his round the world trip.

Travis departed Teuge in The Netherlands on 29th May, heading east across Europe via Poland, before flying through Russia, Alaska and Canada. His remaining hops will take him up the Eastern Seaboard via New York, then back into Canada, before continuing on to Greenland, Iceland, Donegal Airport, Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, UK, France and Belgium – landing back in the Netherlands on 7th July. He’s currently in New York but bad weather may delay his departure.

Travis is flying a 2001 Cessna 172R, that has been prepped and updated, especially for this long distance world record by Hangar-One Technics & Avionics in The Netherlands. The aircraft has numerous upgrades, including the latest avionics and safety equipment. The aircraft body has all of the aerodynamic fairings, wheel fenders and WAT LED lighting. This particular C172 is fitted with a Diesel engine, which is more economical and perfect for this long distance adventure.

For the last updates about the flight, visit https://aroundtheworldsolo.co.uk/ and for live position reports, you can click here.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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