April 9, 2010 — A sport pilot took off Thursday in a Remos GX with plans to touch down in 135 cities and towns across the United States and to spread his message that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
After a three-day weather delay, Michael Combs departed with his aircraft named “Hope One” from the Salina (Kansas) Municipal Airport at about 8 a.m. Thursday. He will travel more than 19,400 miles in next 40 days before making his final stop in Honolulu, Hawaii.
On his first day, Combs flew to Abilene and Topeka, Kansas, and then to Kansas City, where he was delayed for a bit because of crosswinds, before finally taking off for the last destination of the day - Columbia, Missouri. Combs planned to fly to St. Louis and Charleston, West Virginia on Friday, April 9.
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. To find out where he is now, click here. You can also follow Combs’ flight on Twitter and Facebook.
I've been planning this trip for a year and a half," Combs said. "Although I don't know if you can ever be completely ready for a trip of this magnitude, I'm going to take to the skies and see how many lives we can touch through this flight."
Combs recovered from a serious illness several years ago, and promised himself he would live his life with no regrets. After receiving his pilot's license last October, he has logged more than 100 flight hours.
He adds in his blog: “I want to make this a world where we all feel free to dream of our truest potential, and that we encourage others to follow their dreams. As a result, I’m following my own passion to fly. This is a dream of mine that I thought that I had let go forever. But I have found that there is a license called a “Sport Pilot License” that allows you and I to go through flight school, and get up in the air…”
Combs said his mission is to tell 20 million people "it is never ever too late to follow your dreams."
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Michael Combs hopes to touch down in 135 cities in his
Remos GX light sport aircraft.
A view of the Salina airport right after Combs took off.
Photo credit: FlightHS.com