Meet the LTF pilots competing in the Outback Air Race 2018

Come August next year, Learn to Fly students Horace and Jack will take to the skies and take on their ambitions in the challenging Outback Air Race 2018.

Outback Air Race supports the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  It has raised over $2.1 million to help the RFDS continue to provide 24-hour emergency medical assistance to patients throughout Australia.

The route has been drawn up and will take participating pilots over some of the most interesting parts of Australia.

The stops are

  • Archerfield (YBAF)
  • Bundaberg (YBUD)
  • Longreach (YLRE)
  • Mount Isa (YBMA)
  • Adels Grove (YALG)
  • Daly Waters (YDLW)
  • Katherine/Tindal (YPTN)
  • Kununurra (YPKU)
  • Broome (YBRM)

In total, the pilots will fly a distance of around 3 940 km over the twelve-day period in which the race will be held. Believing that the race will come to represent a significant chapter in the lives of both pilots, we wanted to share their pilot journeys with you can track their progress with a sharpened interest.


Horace is a college undergraduate from Hong Kong who is majoring in biotechnology. He started his flight training with us at Moorabbin Airport in 2016 when he was just 19.

“I fell in love with flying from the moment that I got behind the controls. Since then, I have used all of my school leaves to complete my training and become an RA-AUS flight instructor.”

After successfully completing his Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) in January, Horace went on to achieve his Cross-Country Endorsement and Passenger Endorsement in quick succession and then had his GA flight review finalised shortly after that.

“My next big goal is to become a GA instructor. The Outback Air Race will be the first-ever official aviation race I have ever taken part in. I feel honoured that it will be such a meaningful and exciting experience,” said Horace.


Jack recently graduated from his studies in Hong Kong, having majored in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has his sights set on becoming an airline pilot and started training at Learn to Fly Melbourne earlier this year.

Jack fell in love with the sky from the seat of the Bristell NG5 aircraft. His target is to obtain a Private Pilot License (PPL) in early 2018 and he believes that by taking part in the Outback Air Race he will boost his aviation career goals.

“It is my pleasure and honour to be able to take part in Outback Air Race 2018. It is surely the perfect kickoff of my pilot career. My excitement about such an amazing, fruitful adventure is beyond words,” said Jack.

“Horace and I have both completed all of our flight training at Learn To Fly Melbourne. The school has not only taught us all the practical and technical details of flying but also about all of the qualities a professional pilot needs.”


In the Outback Air Race, Horace and Jack will be flying the Sling 2. The Sling 2 is light-sport aircraft (LSA), which the manufacturer, The Airplane Factory, agrees can accommodate the needs of pilots at the highest level.

“Sling 2 aircraft have been used to circumnavigate the world and are especially good for cross-country flights,” said Jack.

“While getting a job at an airline is one way to do something great in aviation, the Outback Air Race 2018 opens up a whole other realm of possibilities.”

Learn To Fly Melbourne would like to take this opportunity to share our love of flying and aviation with the general public, including our community in Hong Kong, which includes many passionate teenagers.

If you want to support the RFDS and our pilots Howard and Jack, please jump on our Facebook and Instagram channels and share your message. Let’s keep the doctors flying!

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The Outback Air Race flight path. Image credit: Outback Air Race