Thursday, October 17, 2013

Share Your Story: Callum Davies, Student Pilot, Manchester

Welcome to the 26th "Share Your Story" post. Pilots from around the world write in featuring their flight experiences, promoting their blogs, websites, social media, novels, etc. These posts show future aviators the diverse range of experiences/careers available to them. More details + how to participate can be found via the following: Click Here and Get Involved

Callum Davies is a 16 year old student pilot that flies out of Barton Airport in Manchester, England. He soloed on the 10th of August, 2013 in an Evektor EV-97 Eurostar. Prior to solo flight, Callum had 19.25 hours of flight training. 


From a very young age I had always wanted to become a fire-fighter until one day my father asked me what I really wanted to do. My answer still being a fire-fighter. He told me that the salary isn’t as good compared to other jobs. He told me to come back to him the next day when I had found a job that I will enjoy, get paid well and never regret doing.

Becoming a pilot seemed a great choice but I didn’t know where to start. After downloading flight simulators, reading blogs, watching documentaries and visiting my local airport which is about a mile from where I live I soon became hooked. From then on I have never looked back...

To read more of Callum's "Share Your Story" post, click below. (If already on the full article, ignore this)

Then after having my first flying lesson in a Cessna 172 at the age of 14 I realized that I would be taking on a huge commitment if flying was to become my future career.

With flying lessons put aside till 15 once I had become more competent with aviation I then took up flying lessons on the Evektor EV-97 Eurostar in June 2012. 

With living in England it is very hard to get the right combination of weather as the visibility, wind, precipitation and cloud formations never seem to be balanced when you want them to be.

Despite all this I didn’t give up and slowly but surely I worked my way up to solo stage after nearly 20 hours of hard work which had to fit around my school studies and other commitments in my spare time.

Then on the 10th august with reasonable visibility, light winds and the odd one or two thermals, myself and my Instructor Marcus went for a flight in the early afternoon. After around 40 minutes of doing circuits and practicing all we could which would be required for anything unlucky to happy during my solo we decided it was time to land. I was ready to taxi to the apron and get out until he asked, ‘’how do you think you did’’, ‘’not too bad’’ I replied, ‘’well I’m going to get out now and you can do it all by yourself’’.

I was nervous but very excited at the same time as after just over a year the time had finally arrived for me to do my first ever solo circuit. I taxied out and took off on runway 27 left at Barton (Manchester-England). After doing a circuit it was time for my final approach, I knew that I was all alone now and there was no room for mistakes.

With about 3 feet above the runway to go, I slowly eased back on the stick and let the wheels kiss the ground. Giving myself marks out of 10, I would probably say 12, very modest of myself!

After taxying back to the apron it was time to get out and be back down safe on terra firma! 

So…what are my plans for the future?

Well once I have completed my PPL and started my hour building on either a Cessna or Piper, I would love to do my module flight training and hopefully one day become and airline pilot.

That may sound like a big thing to say at the age of 16 but given how far I have come from one day sitting back and wanting to become a fire-fighter to the next flying solo at the age of 16, I think that is something to be certainly quite proud of and other young pilots should feel the same too!

Of course all this didn’t come without lots of hard work and commitment as well as a lot of saving up, but it definitely proves that once you have your eyes set on something you should never give up. At first it might feel like you are getting nowhere but trying and looking forward is better than not trying and looking back wishing you did try!

I would like to thank my 4 instructors who have played a massive part along the way in getting me to where I am now, as well as various pilots who have took me flying with them in the right hand seat!

To date I have over 50 hours flying experience and of those hours, 30 of them are flying with various pilots as a passenger! I would like to thank everybody involved in getting me to where I am now and maybe ten years down the line you might just be hearing my voice when your onboard an aircraft, jetting away on your holidays!


Thanks so much Callum for writing in and sharing your story. I've always wanted to fly one of the Evektor aircraft, they have a great canopy! Please make sure to write another article when you finally get your PPL, that'll be very exciting!

I'm sure you're going to do some great things in aviation, flying commercially later on. If I'm ever in Manchester, I'll make sure to take a lesson in that Evektor!  

Thanks again for writing in and participating in the Share Your Story section of the blog, 

Swayne Martin 
Martins Aviation / From Private to Professional Pilot
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  1. Callum I wish you the best of luck in your flying. I know the weather constraints as I was trying to fly in Seattle during high school while working to make ends meet and my days off did not always coincide with the nice weather. You're going to do great and hope to see you out there. Also... join me on Flight To Success!
    Swayne thanks for the great post.

  2. Hi

    Just wondering, I see you are learning to fly on a microlight cat aircraft, how long and how much do you expect it to cost to convert your NPPL to the PPL before you start hour building?


  3. Thanks for the comment Karlene!

    Callum, make sure to check out her site... it's fantastic!


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Swayne Martin