ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A teen on a quest to become the youngest pilot to fly across the Continental United States made a stop in the Capital Region.
At just 16, Isaiah Cooper is trying to break the record for the youngest person to fly across the continental United States. The current record holder is 18.
We met the Compton, California teen and his flight instructor at the Albany International Airport, preparing to take off on the 7th leg of his record breaking flight.
Isaiah learned to fly at the age of five through the Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Los Angeles.
He admits he did quit the inner city program in middle school.
“I was doing some self destructive things and hanging out with the wrong crowd.”
The director of the flight school didn’t give up on Isaiah.
“He said if I change my life, he will get me back into aviation and help me out and work with me until I get to live out my dreams and this is one of them!”
His mentor also challenged him to break the current record for the youngest pilot to fly the continental United States. He would also be the youngest African American pilot to accomplish the epic flight.
His goals are coming without some setbacks. A few days ago in Cheyanne, Wyoming Isaiah had to perform an emergency landing when he encountered a microburst.
No one was injured and Isaiah hopped onto another plane, never giving up on his dreams.
“If I can inspire others than would be better than money or fame.”
Believe it or not, this is just a practice run for Isaiah.after he returns to California. He plans on breaking the Guinness Book of records for the youngest pilot to circle the globe.