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Pilots Aim to Land in 49 State Capitals in Two Weeks
August 28, 2014 - Two general aviation pilots announced plans this week to fly a private GA airplane to all state capitals in the lower 48 United States and Alaska in just two weeks to raise public awareness about how important smaller, municipal airports are. The Capital Air Tour journey will cover 12,000 miles with stops at 57 airports.
The flight will be flown by Field Morey, EAA 1151584, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell, Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings & Lockwood. They plan a September 16 departure in Morey’s 2013 Cessna Corvalis TTx and aim to land in several states each day.
Along the way the pilots will meet with media representatives to spread the message that airports are an important business asset for cities and can be a gateway for bringing new tourism traffic into their area.
Because the entire flight will be tracked using an onboard Spot Generation 3 GPS tracking device, the flights offer teachers and students following the journey a chance to give lessons in time, distance, and U.S. state capitals. A complete itinerary with tentative schedule, along with the tracking map, is available for the public to follow on Morey’s website.
Morey’s Corvalis TTx, nicknamed The Green Hornet, has a Garmin G2000 including Nexrad radar for storm avoidance, anti-ice equipment, and terrain and traffic avoidance devices along with the latest autopilot technology.