On Sunday, September 8, Ryan Campbell is due to land at Merimbula Airport following his epic two-month long journey around the world as the youngest pilot ever to circumnavigate the globe.
The voyage has put Ryan in the aviation record book and his tweets, blogs and Facebook postings have been followed by hundreds of local people and thousands worldwide.
Merimbula Airport manager, Ian Baker is preparing a true homecoming for Ryan and his family starting at 8.30am on Sunday, September 8. Mr Baker said that he expected Ryan to land about 10am.
Unlike Ryan’s departure from Merimbula, on Saturday, June 29, the airport is now in much better shape. The airport had been due to re-open on June 29 but rain had delayed the resurfacing works and left Ryan to departing on a gravel runway.
Members of the Frogs Hollow Aero Club are again expected to be at the airport with a range of aircraft along with the vintage car club and there will be a sausage sizzle run by the Merimbula Rotary Club.
Everyone is welcome to come along to congratulate Ryan on his world record breaking achievement.
Mr Baker said that about 500 people waved goodbye and good luck to Ryan when he set off on his journey but he expected more to visit the airport for Ryan’s welcome home.