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.
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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