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Flying high, Jack cruises the double

Jack Frodsham flying solo at 16

Jack Frodsham flying solo at 16

A Rishworth student hopes to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest person to solo-fly a helicopter and an aeroplane.

A Rishworth student hopes to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest person to solo-fly a helicopter and an aeroplane.

Jack Frodsham, 16, achieved the “double” - to captain a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter.

Jack soloed a fixed wing aircraft on his 16th birthday and captained a R44 four seat helicopter in December after passing 14 ground examinations required by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Following in his father’s footsteps - a private flying pilot - Jack has been flying since he was 12-years-old.

Jack said: “Flying solo was brilliant. I was in full control and was well prepared - before I could go solo I had to do two engine failures - killing the engine at 500 feet, with a power recovery at four feet - it’s not as scary as it sounds.”

Jack, who wants to be a pilot, hopes to achieve his pilots licence on his 17th birthday - meaning he can carry passengers on board.

“Friends can’t wait to come fly with me - it’ll be a great way to celebrate my 17th birthday.”

Parents Allison and Gordon Frodsham said: “Through hard work and determination Jack has fulfilled the goal he set himself - we are very proud of him.”

Rishworth School’s Kim Fraser said: “Jack is a committed student in all aspects of school life. He shows real determination to succeed and achieve his goals - we’re very proud of him.”

Jack is Head of Charity in Year 11 at Rishworth School.

 

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