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.
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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