March 28, 2011
By AOPA ePublishing staff
After flying a Remos light sport aircraft to 49 states, Flight for the Human Spirit pilot Michael Combs has no doubt learned some of the finer points of flight planning. He’ll share his insights April 2 at Sun ‘n Fun during a 9 a.m. forum, “How to plan a cross-country trip.”
Combs’ flight to Sun ‘n Fun will help him cross the 26,000-mile mark and make his 161st stop on a journey that started just more than one year ago, according to a press release. Combs, whose goal is to encourage people to “live their lives with no regrets,” reached an estimated 23 million people on his journey, which he will detail on April 3 in a 10 a.m. forum, “The Flight for the Human Spirit.”
Combs became a sport pilot after recovering from an irregular heartbeat and near-death experience. Initially, Combs thought his health condition would ground his dream of learning to fly, until he learned about the sport pilot certificate. Combs uses his triumph to encourage others to pursue their dreams.
Sun ‘n Fun attendees, as well as those logged in online, can watch Combs and AOPA President Craig Fuller on AOPA Live at 11 a.m. March 31 as they discuss how pilots can help rally GA.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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