Pupil is up, up and away as solo pilot

Jack Frodsham has become the youngest person to Captain an aircraft in the UK
Jack Frodsham has become the youngest person to Captain an aircraft in the UK

A pupil at Rishworth School has become the youngest person to captain an aircraft in the UK.

Jack Frodsham, 16, is also soon to become one of the youngest to captain a helicopter too.

Jack, an Year 11 pupil, has been flying since he was 12 and has now accumulated almost 150 hours in both single and multi-engine fixed winged aircrafts.

He has landed at aerodromes and airfields in Carlisle, Caernarfon and Bournemouth and went solo at Manchester Barton Airport on his 16th birthday.

Jack has already passed all his ground exams including Law and navigation and hopes to obtain both licences PPL(A) AND PPL(H) on his 17th birthday.

He said: “The Geography and Physics Departments at Rishworth undoubtedly helped me to pass my exams.

“I feel fortunate to attend Rishworth School because of all the opportunities it offers.

“The satisfaction, exhilaration and sense of freedom of flying solo is incredible and so is the pride I feel as a captain of an aircraft.

“Da Vinci said ‘once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward’. That is just how I feel.”