Teenager flying solo around the world lands in Hilo

Teenager flying solo around the world lands in Hilo

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - He may only be a teenager, but he's eyeing a world record.

18-year-old Lachlan Smart is trying to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft.

"I've always loved aviation and anything that would get off the ground," Smart said.

"On my 14th birthday, I had my first ever flying lesson. It was a birthday present from my dad and I absolutely loved it," he said.

Smart began his expedition, called Wings Around the World, in Australia and has since been to Fiji, American Samoa and Kiribati.

Smart says he began this project to show that dreams can be achieved no matter how big or how small.

"So often in my time in school, I've seen my peers going, 'I wish I could do this one day' or 'this is my goal' but they'd often miss the motivation and self-belief to do it," he said. "I decided I wanted to do something big and maybe inspirational that could hopefully motivate and get some other young people going for their dreams as well."

He landed in Hilo on Friday. It is stop number four of 24 on his trip.

After getting some rest, Smart will depart for Hollister, California.

From there, he'll journey across the continental United States, then to Canada, Iceland, UK and many other nations until finally ending up where he began in Sunshine Coast, Australia.

You can track Smart's journey live here.

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