If he has his way, Matt Guthmiller will be the youngest person to fly solo around the world. It just may not happen as soon as he had expected.
The 19-year-old, who is enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been traveling for 28 days since beginning his airborne journey on May 31 in San Diego, from where he planned to make his way across the US, then fly across the Atlantic Ocean, passing over Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Ocean.
But some “urgent maintenance’’ in Cairo delayed Gutmiller’s ambitious aviation excursion by one day, reported Fox 25.
Guthmiller was set for a full day of sightseeing when he arrived in Cairo on June 18. However, a faulty voltage regulator had to be replaced at the Cairo International Airport before he could continue his journey.
Guthmiller landed safely at his next scheduled stop in Nagpur, India on Thursday.
“It’s been good, actually a lot of fun. I have been to some really interesting places. There have been a few small issues but overall it’s been fun,’’ Guthmiller told AFP.
The teenager, who has a commercial pilot certificate and has clocked more than 500 hours of flying time, is piloting a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft on a trip he calls “Limitless Horizons.’’ His website is tracking the duration of his trip and the locations he visits.
Besides setting a Guinness World Record, Guthmiller’s other goal is for his round-the-world flight to raise money for code.org, an organization that works to expand computer science programs in schools.
If all goes as scheduled, Guthmiller will land in California on July 8, when he will be 16 days younger than Australian Ryan Campbell, who currently holds the record for youngest person to make a solo flight around the world.