07/19/2012 06:01 EDT | Updated 09/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Matthew Gougeon Flight: Sudbury Teen Youngest Person To Fly Cross-Country In Amphibious Aircraft, Raises Cash For Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund
TORONTO - A 16-year-old from Ontario has successfully winged his way into the country's aviation record books.

Matthew Gougeon of Sudbury, Ont. says he landed in Halifax late this afternoon — completing a solo flight from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast of Canada.

His arrival marks the end of his mission to become the youngest person to fly across the country in an amphibious aircraft.

His quest began on July 10 when he departed his home for Tofino, B.C.

He was scheduled to arrive in Halifax on July 20, but announced his early arrival Thursday on Twitter.

Gougeon's flight was also a fundraising effort for the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund, which provides flight training for young people.