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SURVIVING TURBULENCE: Bob Bramley parked in the Merimbula Aircraft Maintenance hanger while he stopped here on Monday night.

SURVIVING TURBULENCE: Bob Bramley parked in the Merimbula Aircraft Maintenance hanger while he stopped here on Monday night.

Bob Bramley is a 16-year-old pilot on a mission to become the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane and on Monday evening, April 15, he flew into Merimbula as part of that journey.

Bob left Tasmania early on Monday morning and spent the night in Merimbula before heading off to Wollongong at 6.30am.

Behind the desire to claim the Australian circumnavigation record is a serious cause as he is using his record attempt to raise awareness about youth suicide prevention by working in partnership with beyondblue.

Youth suicide is an issue that affects regional communities such as Bob's hometown of Kindred in North-West Tasmania.

"In late 2017, I almost lost two very close friends to youth suicide and depression. I helped both of them through the experience and both are now doing really well," Bob said.

"Youth suicide prevention is an issue very close to my heart. A lot of people are afraid to talk about suicide and depression and don't know what to do or who to turn to.

"Talking to your friends and family and asking them if they are okay can make a huge difference."

His flight, dubbed 'Surviving Turbulence', started from Devonport Airport and is expected to take three to four weeks depending on weather conditions.

"If this prevents one teenager from taking their own life, then I believe the trip will be a success," Bob's mother Sandy Bramley said.

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