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It's Never Too Late Flight for the Human Spirit

Michael Combs and Hope One Remos GX

The Flight for the Human Spirit, which has been on a weather hold status for the past three days, has been cleared to embark on its 50-state oydessy the morning of April 8.  High winds have prevented pilot Michael Combsto from taking of in his Remos GX light-sport aircraft (LSA) he has named Hope One. The flight plan has 136 legs which he hopes to complete in 40 flying days, setting a number of records in the process. The total distance flown will be 19,400 miles. The Remos will be shipped to the island of Hawaii and put on a trailer for the trip to Alaska. The attempt is even more impressive because he’s a newly minted sport pilot with about four months flying time since passing his flight test. What could possibly motivate someone to take on such a task? It was his discovery that a lifelong dream of flying would finally come true, thanks to the Sport Pilot category.

Michael’s desire to fly was stymied by a medical problem that almost took his life and made him realize it’s never too late to follow your dreams. When he learned about the Sport Pilot category, he realized he could achieve his dream of flying. The wheels began turning, and the idea for the Flight for the Human Spirit was born. A visit to a local EAA chapter brought out an outpouring of support. He became even more inspired and established the goal “To kindle the flames of the dreams of 20 million souls.” He will communicate his message that “it is never ever too late to follow your dreams” by publicizing his trip through speaking engagements, and with videos, audio, and photos on his website, appropriately named ItsNeverEverTooLate.com. Updates and the latest news about his flight can be found on his community blog.

The Remos GX LSA will be wired to capture audio, video, and photos for daily posts, and he’ll blog and twitter after each day’s flight. An integrated GPS/satellite system called Spidertracks will relay information about his position, which can be viewed on Google maps and will be updated every two minutes. All this connectivity will ensure that we’ll share in the challenges and difficulties of his adventure. He says his trip will not be a scud-running exercise; there’s plenty of leeway in his schedule. His wife, Michelle, will fly right seat on some of the legs.

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