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Teen aviator to touch down in Australia

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 Darren Cartwright

Teen aviator Lachlan Smart will be eight days from being the youngest person to fly solo around the world when he touches down in Broome on Friday.

The 18-year-old, who began his record attempt on July 4, is piloting a Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft.

He departs Jakarta, Indonesia early on Friday and expects to land in Broome in far north West Australia at about 4pm.

Smart told AAP that his biggest issues with the world record attempt have not been with his aircraft but on the ground.

"I've had a lot of challenges, particularly on the ground and I'm looking forward to getting back to Australia where at least I can talk to people in English again," he told AAP from Jakarta.

"Language has been a big barrier ... in a few of the places I have been some people do not like to be on time and I've been delayed up to two or three hours waiting for fuel before I could take off."

Since leaving Australia, he has touched down in 18 countries and when he completes his journey at the Sunshine Coast on August 27 he will have travelled about 45,000km.

If successful, he will become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft.

The record is held by American Matt Guthmiller, from South Dakota, who was 19 years, seven months and 15 days, when he completed his six-week journey of more than 46,600km in 2014.

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