August 16, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
Michael Combs and the Flight for the Human Spirit continue to make their way West this week, completing stops in New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.
Since launching in April, Combs has flown a Remos GX light sport aircraft named Hope One to 43 states, making 117 stops and traveling more than 16,600 miles.
Flying over spectacular vistas near Las Vegas, Combs took photos that he shared with his Facebook fans.
After departing Wisconsin at the conclusion of AirVenture earlier this month, Hope One was briefly grounded for a flat tire and a scheduled oil change. “This mission is teaching me much about patience and resilience, both of which are perfect traits to prepare me for the next 8,000 miles that loom to the west just over the horizon,” Combs wrote in his blog.
Combs has set a deadline of Sept. 25 to land in all of the lower 48 states and Alaska. On Sept. 25, he will speak at Lake Havasu City Airport’s second annual fly-in.
You can follow the Flight for the Human Spirit via the website or AOPA Online.
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
It could be the perfect two-week getaway: a free trip to France to participate in the Tour Aerien Des Jeunes Pilotes. One American pilot between the ages of 18 and 24 will have the opportunity to fly in an air race in France from July 15 through 28.