BEIJING - A five-year-old Chinese boy who made the news for rolling in the freezing snow has taken his talents to even greater heights - he has become a Guinness world recorder holder for the youngest person to pilot a plane.
He Yide, nicknamed Duoduo from Nanjing was reported to have made a 35-minute flight by ultralight aircraft across Beijing Wildlife Park on Aug 31. A coach sat next to him, but he said he only helped a little.
The boy has been known to Chinese people since February 2012 when a video of him running in the snow only wearing underwear went viral online. The video, posted by his family, was shot in New York with temperatures -13 C. It earned the father the nickname "eagle dad".
In August 2012, then four-years-old, he sailed a yacht two times his weight during Qingdao International OP Regatta. In September 2012, according to his father, the boy climbed the Fujiyama in Japan within 15 hours amid rain.
This summer, the boy stunned Chinese people again as he finished a solo flight after less than one-month training at a private pilot tourist farm in Langfang, Hebei province. His father paid 30,000 yuan ($4,905) for the courses.
After being shocked by the boy's series of jaw-dropping feats, some support the father's strict training, but others question if the father is just "using his son to gain fame".
The boy's father, He Liesheng, who is a manager at a private textile company in Nanjing, published the kid's grueling everyday training in flights, sports and math on China's social microblogging site Weibo, hailing his distinctive education method.
The five-year-old boy, who has gone over all the lessons for primary students from grade one to three by this July, is set to attend classes with forth grade students at Experimental Primary School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology.