WATW in the media

Want to know a little more about where you can find us in the media?

As we gear up for Lachlan Smart’s attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, in a single engined aircraft, stay up to date with his story as told by Australian (and global) media.

Check out the highlights of what has already been achieved below:

Read about WATW in the DailyMail UK: LINK HERE
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Read about WATW in The Age and The Brisbane Times: LINK HERE
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Listen to Lachlan chat with 2GB 873AM, Sydney: LINK HERE
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Seven News, Sunshine Coast

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A Nambour teenager plans on becoming the youngest ever pilot to fly solo around the world. Lachlan Smart hopes his epic journey will inspire other young people to follow their dreams. #7News WATCH:

Posted by 7 Local News Sunshine Coast on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

WIN News, Sunshine Coast
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TEEN PILOTWATCH: Nambour teenager Lachlan Smart hopes to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world.

Posted by WIN News Sunshine Coast on Thursday, 23 July 2015

Read more about WATW with ABC Sunshine Coast: LINK HERE

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Read and watch a bit more about WATW with the Sunshine Coast Daily: VIDEO LINK || ARTICLE LINK 

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Mum’s Memories: Where do the years go?

Where do the years go? I know I’m not the only parent to ask this question. As I write this blog, that I have chosen to call “Mum’s Memories”, I am getting teary!

Children don’t come with a manual so we do what we think is right, and a good thing, at the time. I certainly wasn’t thinking about steering Lachie in any particular direction when I started taking him to the airport at the age of three – I was just trying to keep a toddler entertained for a couple of hours! Little did I know that not only were these moments of sharing a bucket of hot chips and watching planes take off and land quality time together (and a break for me!) they were planting a seed in a very active brain.

Lachie is my only child and was such a joy to have around. He still is – it’s just very different now. We spent lots of one-on-one time together when he was growing up whether it was camping, riding our bikes to the beach or just playing games together. A great memory I have is of us cooking a BBQ in the backyard of the two bedroom duplex we were renting and then putting up a tent in the bindi-filled back yard to sleep in for the night!

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Lachie was always a very active and outgoing child. He spent a lot of time around adults and so his vocabulary and social skills developed quite early. I never did the “baby talk” thing with him and looking back now this obviously played a major part in his public speaking abilities today. Again, not something I was thinking about at the time.

Responsibility is an area Lachie has always excelled in. Sometimes this earnt him some disdain from other kids who wanted to push the boundaries that bit too far but he wouldn’t cave in. Don’t get me wrong – Lachie tried to push the boundaries too. I remember distinctly one day telling Lachie not to touch something and he slowly moved his finger towards it while looking me in the eye to see what I would do. From memory he didn’t go through with it though because he had respect for the boundaries I had set.

This brings me to the next quality I am so proud to say Lachie excels in. Respect. Not only for others, but for himself. This has led him to aim high and strive to achieve his goals. I have seen how he has applied himself in the past and, based on this and how he is working towards his dream of flying solo around the world, I have no doubt he can achieve this as well.

Lachie is an amazing young man and I know that if you are following his journey you probably agree. My heart just bursts with pride when I hear him speak with such confidence and conviction about the message he wants to share through this flight but I just want to point out that he is just like any other teenager in so many ways. I still have to tell him to clean his room and put sunscreen on! At least these things won’t be issues when he is flying!

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As I said at the beginning, I am calling this blog “Mum’s Memories”. This one has been about past memories of Lachie but later blogs in the lead up to this trip will form part of memories that I will look back on (and share with my grandchildren!) when Lachie has achieved this milestone. I hope you will join me on this journey.


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Partners – We are looking for you!

As Wings Around The World (WATW) continues to gain momentum, there are now opportunities for organisations and individuals to join this Guinness World Record challenging project as official partners.

WATW is the creation of 17-year-old Lachlan Smart who is bidding to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, in a single engine aircraft, when he sets off for the estimated 10-week 24,000 nautical mile journey in the middle of 2016.

Should Smart break the record, his feat will be akin to that achieved by sailor Jessica Watson who circumnavigated the world solo in 2010 and add to the narrative of young Australian’s achieving high goals.

Organisations such as Ella Baché partnered with Watson during her quest and achieved outstanding results, and WATW presents the next platform that has the capacity to provide partners with similar opportunities.

Just as important as breaking the world record, is the commitment Smart has to presenting, especially to youth, that dreams can be achieved now matter how big or small. Age, size and circumstances are not limiting factors; instead they only lie as challenges worth overcoming for a final outcome. It is this ethos that Smart hopes to share with like-minded partners.

Opportunities with WATW range from financial contributions, through to partnering the team for events to take place throughout the preparation and conclusion of the trip, while the chance to assist with in-kind goods and services is also present.

With each partnership option comes the chance for individuals or organisations to integrate themselves with a truly global challenge that will generate publicity at each of the stops around the world, while maintaining a presence domestically in Australia, throughout this world circumnavigation odyssey.

For further information about WATW partnership opportunities contact Phil Harrip – phil@wingsaroundtheworld.com.au


The weekend aviator – Archer Falls ‘Fly In – Drive In’

With top weather predicted this weekend, Lachlan Smart is on the move and he is headed for the ‘Fly In – Drive In’ at Archer Falls Airfield in Mount Archer, Queensland with both his parents, the trip coming at the invitation of the event organisers.

As the planning for Wings Around the World (WATW) continues, so does Smart’s mission to build up as many flying hours as possible, with this weekend the chance to mix airtime with meeting fellow aviators, while enjoying some downtime with his family.

With the event beginning today, Smart and his parents will pack the camping gear in the back of a Piper Arrow and set off for Archer Falls where they will land and camp for the night alongside a whole host of attendees.

The event will be highlighted by a vintage aircraft display from the TAVAS Group, hands on action flights from the Sunshine Coast Aero Club, extreme aerobatic adventure flights with the Ultimate Thrill Ride, a C47 cockpit display by the Pacific Dakota Restoration and adventure flights in a Cessna Bird Dog.

For Smart the weekend represents an opportunity to mix with fellow flying enthusiasts, with many from the regional aviation community attending. While meeting people is one thing, talking about WATW will be a large part of the weekend as Smart continues to spread his message about youth and aviation and the challenge he anticipates taking on next year.

Time permitting, Smart may also take a few lucky attendees skyward to experience the joy of flight and to show them just how capable he is at the controls of an aircraft. Among those, he hopes will be a few familiar faces from the last time he attended a fly in at Archer Falls.

With a mantra at Archer Falls that “Archer Falls was developed by flyers, for flyers, for the good of flying”, there is no doubt that the weekend will be an enjoyable one for the aviation community, and will present that chance to spread the word that in 2016, Smart will break a world record!

If you want to find out more about the ‘Fly In – Drive In’ at Archer Falls check out their website HERE.

(Heading images courtesy Archer Falls Airfield – www.archerfalls.com.au)