July 20, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
By air or by road? Those are the questions sport pilot Michael Combs is pondering as the Flight for the Human Spirit prepares to arrive in Oshkosh, Wis., for next week’s appearance at EAA AirVenture.
Combs has pledged to fly to or in all 50 states in a Remos GX. He had originally planned to fold the Remos’ wings and trailer it through Canada to Alaska—a trip of about 1,000 miles. Private pilots who fly into Canada must have a valid medical certificate, and, according to Combs, “The Canadian government has made strides to allow sport pilots to fly into Canada” so long as they have a valid third class medical. But, he added, many sport pilots don’t have one since it isn’t a requirement in the United States.
Fans have urged Combs to fly into Canada, Combs says, because “Canadians have dreams too.” To do that, he would need to have a private pilot who would fly with him as pilot in command, or he would need to get a waiver from the Canadian government. The application for the waiver costs $475. Combs is working on both options, and has asked interested Canadian pilots to contact him.
If you’re planning to attend AirVenture, you can hear Combs talk about the Flight for the Human Spirit. See the complete schedule here. Follow Combs’ progress via his website or AOPA Online.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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