Ryan Campbell

Youngest pilot to circumnavigate the world solo

Ryan Campbell was born to fly, with a passion for aviation running deep in his family. At only 6, on his first commercial flight, he knew what we wanted to do for the rest of his life. He could fly a plane before he could drive a car and at 15 Ryan became the youngest pilot in Australia, at 18 he had a commercial pilot's licence and a little over a year after that he made international headlines.

In June 2013, just 19 years old, Ryan set off from Wollongong in NSW in a bid to become the youngest pilot - and first teenager - in history to circumnavigate the world solo in a single engine aircraft.

Seventy days later, on 8 September 2013, after stopping 34 times in 15 countries and covering more than 24,000 nautical miles Ryan's Teen World Flight became a reality. He had achieved his dream of flying around the globe and became Australia's latest world record holder.

The idea had taken hold more than a decade before when Ryan was a young boy. As a teenager, and displaying incredible determination and maturity, Ryan planned and fundraised for the $250,000 project for two years before finally taking off on his odyssey. The entire journey was captured by Channel Nine's 60 Minutes program.

In October 2013, Ryan Campbell was named Australian Geographic's Young Adventurer of the Year.

Ryan's ability to regale people of all walks of life with stories of perseverance, fear, planning, teamwork and the spirit of adventure make him a must see. He is a confident speaker and inspires others to "do something you didn't think you could do and go somewhere you didn't think you could go".

Now with his feet firmly planted on the ground, Ryan Campbell is planning to travel Australia using his phenomenal world record-breaking feats to inspire young people to follow their dreams both in, and beyond, aviation.

Ryan Campbell is a truly remarkable young man and a brilliant key note speaker who is in demand as a with companies like Telstra, QBE and Lend Lease, for schools and organisations like Rotary Clubs, and also for events like the AusFly air show in Narromine.