The biggest challenge for Ryan Campbell's solo round-the-world flight is not mechanical problems, fuel issues, loneliness or homesickness - it is politics.
The civil unrest in Egypt and the Australian federal election, of all things, are the only flies in the ointment for the 19-year-old Merimbula pilot.
Ryan is two-thirds of the way through his attempt to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world, and after hopping through Iceland, Scotland, England and France in recent days, he woke up early on the Greek island of Rhodes to talk through his latest plans.
"A lot of people have been asking what we were doing about Egypt," he said.
"We were going to be far away from the violence but still, being a Western tourist in an aeroplane, it would be a lot of attention and we didn't want to take a risk."
His original plan was to fly from Rhodes to Aswan, in the south of Egypt. However, an updated flight plan, a lot of paperwork and some frantic email chains will have him fly to Aqaba, Jordan before continuing on his prepared route.
Ryan will then jump from Oman to Sri Lanka to Indonesia, before landing back in Wollongong on September 7. Of course, that is not the only big event happening that day.
"Yeah the election, it's a bit annoying that it's on the same day," Ryan said.
Lloyd Green, part of Ryan's flight team, said the original plan was to land and collect the world record on September 14 but that was changed after rumours former prime minister Julia Gillard would called an election on that day. September 7 was chosen as the alternative date but then new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd nominated September 7 also, and it was too late to change.
"We've moved it around, but what can you do? I've just got the attitude to keep it positive and stick with it," Ryan said.
"It's going to be great no matter what day it is."