A paraplegic microlight pilot has successfully flown from West Yorkshire to Australia.

Dave Sykes from Dewsbury completed the epic journey in just over three months starting out on April 28.

Flying over 20 countries he touched down in at Truscott on Australia’s north west coast.

The 12,000-mile journey has seen him fly over deserts, shark-infested waters and through rough weather conditions.

Sykes, 43, said the journey had certainly been no picnic.

"It's been really difficult at times with the bad weather, permissions holding me up and things going wrong with the aircraft," he told ABC News in Darwin.

Sykes lost the use of his legs after he broke his back in  a motorbike accident in 1993.

After making a speedy recovery (despite doctors warnings that he would be confined to hospital for two years) Sykes went on to gain his pilot's licence in 2001 after watching “a video of a guy who flew around the world.”

"I've always wanted to do something similar so I decided on Australia because I couldn't afford to fly around the world."

Sykes used the journey to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and now plans to continue onto Sydney.


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