Supermarket job leads to record

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Supermarket job leads to record

 

Inspirational feat: around the world aviator Ryan Campbell (centre), with from left, Rob Francis of Bendigo Bank, Garry Austin of Telstra, Cr Bradley Drew of Bass Coast Shire Council and Wendy Major of South Gippsland and Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network.

Inspirational feat: around the world aviator Ryan Campbell (centre), with from left, Rob Francis of Bendigo Bank, Garry Austin of Telstra, Cr Bradley Drew of Bass Coast Shire Council and Wendy Major of South Gippsland and Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network.

Take off: Ryan Campbell and his plane, Spirit of the Sapphire Coast.

Take off: Ryan Campbell and his plane, Spirit of the Sapphire Coast.

 

 

RYAN Campbell funded his flying lessons by working at a supermarket for $7.60 an hour, as well as two other jobs.

At age 19, he became the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft.

He was named Australian Geographic’s 2013 Young Adventurer of the Year, has just signed a contract to write a book about his journey and wants to eventually fly corporate jets in the United States of America.

Ryan was once told all he needed was courage and determination, and all obstacles could then be overcome.

The teenager from Merimbula, NSW, was the guest speaker at the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Business Alliance business breakfast at Manna Gum@Broadbeach restaurant at Inverloch last Thursday.

Ryan’s journey entailed 34 stops and 180 flying hours, and negotiating customs and immigration officials in every country he landed.

He returned to Wollongong, NSW, eight weeks ago after a 70 day flight around the world that was planned over two years and entailed raising $250,000.

“I had thought about that landing for years,” he said.

Neither a grumpy official in Greece nor a near collision with a jet in Indonesia detered him from completing the journey.

“When a lady gave me a meat pie after I landed in Broome, I knew I was back home,” Ryan said.

The longest flight was 4000km between Hawaii and California, so long that Ryan pumped fuel from an extra fuel tank in the back of the cockpit into the main fuel tank every 40 minutes.

He flew around the world in his plane Spirit of the Sapphire Coast, after working with adventurer Dick Smith and Ken Evers of Bendigo, who had also flown around the world.

It was Dick who gave Ryan a piece of fabric from the plane Southern Cross flown by renowned aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

The trip was not without hurdles.

A plane was offered to Ryan but subsequently withdrawn just months away from the scheduled start. He flew to the USA in a bid to convince aircraft manufacturer Cessna to supply a plane to no avail. He eventually hired a Cirrus plane from Tamworth in NSW and covered it with sponsorship stickers.

Ryan said the key to success was breaking the flight into “bite sized pieces and keeping on chewing”. The monotony of long stretches was overcome by continually checking meters and filling out activity sheets.

“Most days I took off in the dark, would climb up through the clouds and see the sun rise,” he said.

Coming from a family of aviators, Ryan earned his private pilot licence at 17 and his commercial pilot licence at 18, and took joy flights around Merimbula.

 

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