Aussie aims for world record breaking Teen World Flight
Written on the 12 June 2013
Snap is a proud supporter of Ryan Campbell in his attempt to break the World Record for the youngest person and first teenager - to fly a single engine aircraft solo around the globe. Snap has developed Ryan's Teen World Flight logo and website (www.teenworldflight.com).
At some stage in their lives, most people have fantasised about flying and many have dreamt about travelling the world alone. Few however have been bold enough to combine the two and believe they could fly solo around the earth.
Ryan Campbell is one of those few and on June 30 this year Campbell will take off from Wollongong in a Cirrus SR22 for his very own Teen World Flight. The 19-year-old pilot from Merimbula on the NSW South Coast will attempt to break the World Record for the youngest person and first teenager - to fly a single engine aircraft solo around the globe. The ten-week journey, that is scheduled to conclude back in Wollongong on September 7, will see Campbell cover almost 24,000 nautical miles including 28 stops in 14 countries on five continents.
The first question most people ask when they hear of Campbells audacious challenge is why?
Theres a couple of reasons that I am doing this and have been planning to do it almost full-time for two years, Campbell said. Firstly, I just love flying and it has been a part of my life since I dreamt of being a pilot as a six-year-old. What I am setting out to achieve is not going to be easy. Fewer people have flown solo around the world than have been into space, but I have a great support team around me and have planned very well.
Campbell is also determined to encourage other young people to aim for the stars, using the publicity from his trip to promote Youth in Aviation and World Youth Internationals Dare 2 Dream scholarship fund.
The second reason for my journey is to inspire young people to chase their dreams like I am pursuing mine. I want to show other young people by my example that there are ways to have the adrenalin and excitement they are looking for whilst achieving something they may never have thought possible. Really, not only am I trying to inspire youth to take flight, but for their dreams to take flight too, in whatever field that may be, Campbell said.
The first leg of the journey will begin at dawn on Sunday June 30 and take Campbell from Wollongong east to Norfolk Island, before he continues onto Pago Pago in American Samoa and Christmas Island in Kiribati.
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