Sunshine Coast teenager Lachlan Smart has officially thrown his hat in the ring to challenge for the title of the youngest pilot in history to circumnavigate the globe solo, in a single engine aircraft in a media call at the Sunshine Coast Airport.
Wings Around the World is a challenge that has been born from the ideology that high goals can be achieved through adversity and by people of all age, size and circumstance, no matter how big the challenge may be.
Speaking with national and regional media, Smart said that his world record bid was as much about taking on a challenge of significant scale, as it was about inspiring others to seize the opportunities presented to them.
“I’ve always had a dream that I want to do something big, I’ve had a message to share for a long time and also a passion for aviation,” Smart said.
“Young people too often say ‘when I’m older’ or ‘one day I want to’, but there’s no reason why they can’t now. It’s often just the will to achieve the motivation and support that are missing.”
Departing mid 2016, it will take Smart approximately 10 weeks to complete his journey and he will touch down in 20 countries, cross five continents and cover 24,000 nautical miles between his departure from and arrival back in Australia.
From Jessica Watson to fellow aviator Ryan Campbell, Wings Around the World will join a league of mind blowing world record attempts that have captured the imagination of the media, and then the public, here and around the world.
World record attempts are not meant to be easy and this one in particular is one that would challenge any pilot, least not a soon to be 18-year-old teenager who will be taking on this challenge alone.
For more information on the record itself, check out a brief history of the record HERE.
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