Teen aviator becomes youngest person to fly solo around world in single aircraft

Baku, August 27, AZERTAC

Queensland teenager Lachlan Smart has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single aircraft, according to The Guardian.

He touched down on the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore on Saturday, having departed the same airstrip on July 4.

Smart, who is 18 years, seven months and 21 days, stopped in 24 locations and 15 countries on his way to taking the Guinness world record from American Matt Guthmiller, who completed his circumnavigation when he was 19 years, seven months and 15 days.

Smart started his last leg from Bundaberg, where he had completed much of his flight training since the dream of taking on the record breaking flight began two-and-a-half years ago.

Smart was considerably less complimentary about Indonesia’s traffic control, however, saying he would have been scraped off the side of an Indonesian mountain had he obeyed local traffic controllers.

The Sunshine Coast teenager said he ignored regional traffic controllers in Indonesia and chose his own route as he navigated the country because of misguided instructions. He said poor radio reception and a “blase’” attitude was also an issue passing through the south-east Asian country.

Smart travelled more than 24,000 nautical miles (44,000km) on his epic journey, which included more than a week’s break visiting family and sightseeing in London.

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