Ad Spot

Teen circumnavigator visits Madison

Matt Guthmiller, the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world, spoke about his adventures to Madison teenagers. CONTRIBUTED
Matt Guthmiller, the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world, spoke about his adventures to Madison teenagers. CONTRIBUTED

MADISON – At 18 years old, Matt Guthmiller set a world record by solo piloting an airplane around the world. Guthmiller spoke about his record-setting adventure with students at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools.

Guthmiller, now 21, discussed his circumnavigation in a 1981 single-engine Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. He is the youngest person ever to accomplish this feat. Currently, Guthmiller is enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

Guthmiller told Madison teenagers “about his adventure and how he turned a dream into reality,” John Peck said. Peck works as Manager of Public Relations for Madison City Schools. “Students got a unique perspective on engineering, computer knowledge and entrepreneurship from a student barely older than them.”

FlyQuest, a Huntsville-based organization that promotes aviation and aerospace careers, coordinated Guthmiller’s visit on Jan. 11-12 to inspire area high school students. Guthmiller also appeared at East Lawrence High School.

“He wowed the audience with stories about the planning, overcoming the doubters and naysayers, plotting the route and raising funds largely through sponsorships and meticulous planning,” Peck said. Guthmiller also explained his navigational and communication equipment, required VISAs and pre-arranged fuel drops.

“Nothing is impossible,” Guthmiller said. “If you really want to achieve something great, you have to go out and get it. Setting a record is exciting, but records are made to be broken.”

Guthmiller’s actual goal is to inspire other young people to attempt ventures of a similar magnitude.

On July 14, 2014, Guthmiller completed his 45-day solo trip after visiting 23 locations in 15 countries on five continents. During his journey, he promoted computer science education.

He departed El Cajon, Calif. and traveled to South Dakota and New Jersey before flying to Newfoundland, Portugal, England, Italy, Greece, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, India, Philippines, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii. He returned to the U.S. Mainland in California.

Founded in 2013, FlyQuest, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, trains students in a full-motion flight simulator, the only one in North Alabama.

For more information about Guthmiller’s journey, visit limitless-horizons.org or FlyQuest.net.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run Moved To Labor Day From Traditional Memorial Day Date

James Clemens High School

Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education awards James Clemens

Huntsville

Alex Cole earns Eagle Scout rank with school beautification project

Huntsville

‘Into the Woods Jr.’ to unfold on Madison Academy campus

LIFESTYLES -- FEATURE SPOT

What’s the significance of red poppies? American Legion has answers.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

x