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Matthew Guthmiller passes time like any other college freshman would while traveling, but what isn't typical is that Guthmiller will be on a plane, alone and on a 28,000 mile trip around the globe. The MIT student is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

"I read about a guy that was doing it, and I figured I could do it too," says Matt Guthmiller.

Limitless Horizons is the name of the trip, but it's not referencing his own sky high achievements. The trip is raising money for Code.Org, a non-profit dedicated to making computer science education more available in schools.

Guthmiller began writing computer codes in fifth grade, and says he wants others to have the same opportunities, and those who know him best say, "can't" isn't in his vocabulary.

"I always tell him you can't do that, and then I think to myself 'Well, he sure is being stubborn because he doesn't understand he can't do it,'" says Allen Guthmiller, Matt's father. "It turns out I'm the stubborn one for not listening to his ideas, it's like everything else he comes up with there always good ideas and they're always doable."

Guthmiller has been flying since he was 16, and leased this single engine plane for the trip.

After a few maintenance checks in his hometown of Aberdeen, Guthmiller says he is ready to explore.

"London, Athens, Rome and Cairo I think those are going to be really cool. I've wanted to visit Europe for a long time," Guthmiller says.

Guthmiller says he really wasn't that nervous about the trip, and his parents say they trust their son, but they're worried about things that may be out of his control.

"He had to put extra fuel tanks in his plane because that way he would have enough fuel to get over the ocean and not land so many times, and that extra weight has made a difference," says Matt's mother Shirley Gengerke-Guthmiller.

But the Guthmiller's say ultimately they have confidence in their son, and believe in his charitable mission.

Family, friends, former teachers and supporters filled Hangar 9 to watch Guthmiller take off Monday.

And he says Limitless Horizons has one mission.

"This whole thing is just to go out and inspire other people to try really big things,"said Guthmiller.

Guthmiller's next stop is New York City, from there, he will carry his message across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip is expected to take just over five weeks, where he'll touch down back in San Diego.



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