June 22, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
The Flight for the Human Spirit returned last week to the place where it all began for Michael Combs—his hometown of Denton, Texas.
Combs and the Remos GX landed in Denton on June 16 following stops in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Port Aransas. The airplane received a water cannon salute upon arrival at Corpus Christi International Airport, and a tower controller who had cleared him for takeoff wrote on the Flight’s Facebook page, “I had no idea you were on such an inspirational journey! So, I guess I’ll add, have a great flight!”
Combs spent Saturday, June 19, at Denton Municipal Airport meeting fans and visitors to the Denton Airshow. He moved to Denton from Colorado several years ago after learning that his health problems were aggravated by the thinner air in higher elevations.
He learned to fly the Remos in Denton, training with US Aviation Group.
This week, the Flight for the Human Spirit is headed to Dallas and then to Iowa Park, Amarillo, and points west. You can find an up-to-the-minute itinerary on the website, along with live Twitter and Facebook updates, or follow Combs’ progress on AOPA Online.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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