April 4, 2010

Two Aviation Adventures to Follow this April

One of my favorite things about being a private pilot is heading out for a cross-country flight. This month there are two exciting aviation adventures in which pilots will be flying aircraft literally across the country. One interesting thing is that in both cases the pilots are flying cross-country in Remos GX Light Sport Aircraft.

A year ago I would have been surprised at the prospects of flying far from home in a Light Sport Aircraft. However, while at AirVenture in Oshkosh this past summer, I had the opportunity to fly the Remos GX and was pleasantly surprised by its performance.


The Flight for the Human Spirit

flighthumanspirit.jpgMichael Combs was not satisfied with dreaming of flying. However, a history of heart problems had kept him grounded until the advent of the Sport Pilot License. The Sport Pilot License does not require an FAA Medical Certificate, with that hurdle out of the way, he jumped at the opportunity and earned his license to fly.

Now Michael is on a mission to spread the simple message that "It is never to late to follow your dreams." His goal is reach 20 million people with this message. What better way to do it than by continuing to follow his dream of flying. So Michael will depart on Tuesday from Salina, Kansas in a Remos GX Light Sport Aircraft on a journey to all fifty states, covering 19,400 miles enroute and visiting 135 cities.

One of the airports Combs will stop at is my home base, Chicago Executive Airport, just outside of Chicago. I was able to get support for his mission from my flight club, Windy City Flyers, who will be supplying a hangar for his aircraft during his visit. If you are in Chicago and would like to meet Combs, visit the Chicago Aviation Meetup Group as I am organizing a meet and greet for when he arrives.

You can follow the Combs's adventure and check-out his route on his website. If you use Twitter be sure to follow him (@combscoach) and the Flight for Human Spirit Mission Control (@fhsmissionctrl).

AOPA Road and Runway Rally
rally_homepage_banner2.jpgThe second adventure is AOPA's Road and Runway Rally. Two teams will depart from AOPA headquarters in Frederick, MD this Saturday, one in a Smart Car and the other in a Remos GX, enroute to Lakeland, FL home of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. As they make their way south they will compete in a variety of challenges, meeting in St. Augustine, FL to swap vehicles and continue to Lakeland.

Team Orville is made up by Alyssa J. Miller (@ajmalay), AOPA Director of eMedia & Wired.com Correspondent Jason Paur (@jasonpaur). Their competitors on Team Wilbur are Flight Training Deputy Editor Ian J. Twombly (@ijtwombly) and Motor Week Associate Producer Steven Chupnick (@motorweek).

You can follow this adventure on the Road and Runway Rally website, blog or twitter (#Fun2Fly)

As for my aviation adventures ... I hope to back in the sky before the end of the week, Mother Nature providing.

Posted by at April 4, 2010 7:48 PM
Comments

Cool story about Michael Combs! Thanks for sharing, another aviation adventure you might have heard about is Commit 65. A father and son team in October will spend 65 days straight aloft in a Cessna 172. They have a similar mission statement as Michael, to ignite the dreams of others.

http://commit65.org/

Posted by: Patrick at April 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Reply

Patrick: Thanks for sharing the link to Commit 65 I had not heard about it!

Posted by: Todd at April 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Reply

My wife was grounded for years because she takes an anti-depressant, and finally someone at the FAA has figured out that a lot of pilots take them with no effect at all and is offering amnesty if they confess and redo their medical certificates.

Its about time. From what I have seen with my wife they are wonderful drugs that really help, and don't cause anyone to want to fly into a building.

Thanks for the story about Michael Combs - we need all the positive stories on flying we can get!

John (JetAviator7)
Internet Publisher
http://all-things-aviation.com/blog

Posted by: John M. White, ATP at April 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Reply

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