Gold Coast Airport hosts adventurous teenage pilot

THE GOLD COAST Airport has served as a ‘pit-stop’ to an adventurous Australian teenager, who is setting out to become the youngest pilot to circumnavigate Australia solo and unassisted.

16-year-old Bob Bramley (pictured) departed Gold Coast Airport for Mackay, in his Cessna 172M on Thursday morning, after an overnight stay as part of his record attempt.

Coolangatta was just one stop on his on his 15,000km journey to 40 communities across Australia, before he is due to return home on May 7.


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The teen is using his world record attempt to raise awareness for youth suicide, after almost losing two friends to suicide in late 2017.

Teenager Bob Bramley made a pit-stop at Gold Coast Airport. Image: Supplied

In a statement, Gold Coast Airport confirmed it donated fuel and waived landing fees to help the young pilot on his mission, while hangar space and handling services have been donated by aeronautical services provider Platinum Business Aviation Centre.

Gold Coast Airport General Manager Operations and Service Delivery Brett Curtis said the local aviation community would be watching Bob’s progress keenly, eager to see the young pilot achieve his goal.

“Ever since the early days of aviation, there’s been a fascination with aircraft and breaking the next barrier in aviation,” Mr Curtis said.

“It’s great to see a pilot as young as Bob continue to strive towards achieving such a goal. Australia is a big continent – what better way to see it than from the air, circumnavigating our magnificent coastline?

“We wish Bob all the best of luck and look forward to following his progress. We are confident this young man will inspire teenagers across the country as they look to their futures with renewed optimism.”

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Does “Unassisted” mean no autopilot no gps no radios?