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.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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