History

At the age of 16, Mitch broke the record of being the youngest pilot to circumnavigate mainland Australia solo.  This trip was organised as part of the "Fly away to Heaven" fundraiser which ended up raising over $200K for the children of East Timor.  The timeline of Mitch's journey has been mapped out below.

  • January 1, 2004

    First Logbook Flight

    Flight instructor Peter Wilson handing Mitch his first logbook

  • January 23, 2007

    First Solo Flight

    Mitch completes his first solo flight on his 15th birthday

  • December 19, 2007

    Rex Work Experience

     

    Mitch completes High School Work Experience with Rex Airlines

  • January 15, 2008

    Mitch Announces plans for Historic Trip

    Mitch announces his plan to participate in local church's "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser.  This would potentially make him the youngest pilot to circumnavigate mainland Australia solo.

  • May 1, 2008

    Mitch takes off on Historic Trip

     

    Mitch takes off on his journey around Australia for the "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser.

  • May 2, 2008

    Day 2 of "Fly away to Heaven"

    "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser passes Bendigo, and Lilydale.

  • May 3, 2008

    Day 3 - Warrnambool

     

    "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser touches down in Warrnambool.

  • May 4, 2008

    Day 4 - Mt Gambier

    "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser touches down at Mt Gambier.  Mitch's main meal was M&Ms.

  • May 14, 2008

    Day 14 - Mandurah

    "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser touches down at Mandurah.

  • May 16, 2008

    Day 16 - Kalumburu

    "Fly Away to Heaven" fundraiser touches down at Kalumburu.

  • May 28, 2008

    Day 28 - Homeward Bound

    The final stretch

  • June 1, 2008

    Mitch Makes History

    Mitch completes his journey, landing to local celebrations

  • August 1, 2008

    Fly Away to Heaven raises over $200K

    The Fly Away to Heaven fundraiser donated over $200K to a charity focused on the children of East Timor.  Mitch to this day still holds the record for the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the Australian mainland solo.