Ryan’s dream takes flight

SAPPHIRE Coast Anglican College students found themselves being filmed by a crew from Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program as part of a piece on former student Ryan Campbell. 

Mr Campbell is about to embark on a solo flight circumnavigating the globe where he hopes to create history by being the youngest pilot to do so. 

He spoke at an assembly at SCAC on Friday, filmed by 60 Minutes, where he talked about his upcoming adventure. 

He gave an inspiring talk to the whole school about his life journey thus far and on what gave him the courage to take on such an amazing task. 

Sapphire Coast Anglican College has sponsored Mr Campbell’s journey and the students will be following his adventures as he weaves his way around the globe. 

On June 30 he will to take off in an attempt to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. 

At 19 years of age, Mr Campbell hopes to surpass the previous record of 21 held by a Malaysian man, James Tan. 

If all goes to plan Mr Campbell will travel over 24,000 nautical miles and 28 destinations throughout 14 countries, all in just 70 days.

Mr Campbell is an avid aviation enthusiast and began his flight training at age 14. 

After flying an aircraft solo for the first time on his 15th birthday, he went on to obtain his private pilot’s licence. 

Shortly after completing his Higher School Certificate at Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Mr Campbell completed his commercial pilot’s licence and began his current employment as a charter pilot with Merimbula Air Services.

During his two and a half month journey he aims to promote youth in aviation and share the magic of flight. 

Upon his return Mr Campbell plans to further promote the accessibility of Australia's aviation industry to the next generation of pilots.

Mr Campbell is also hoping to raise awareness for the World Youth International and Dare 2 Dream scholarship named in his honour.

For more info on World Youth International go towww.worldyouth.org.au

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