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.
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.