March 28, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
REMOS GX Soars High After 25,000 Mile Inspection
Rogers, AR - The shining star of The Flight for the Human Spirit has been the REMOS GX Light Sport Aircraft that was chosen for the mission. When it was manufactured, there was no idea or clue of the ultimate fate that lied before this small unmodified aircraft. But destiny would prevail as it would become another reason why these machines constructed of carbon fiber are beginning to turn heads.
This aircraft named "Hope One" has successfully flown over 25,000 miles with a goal to inspire over 50 million people to follow their dreams. Pilot Michael Combs has logged over 155 landings since taking off from Salina, KS last April and has reported very few problems with the aircraft including only a flat front tire, and replacing a GPS unit. But the ultimate test of its endurance would be conducted by the REMOS Technicians during the required annual aircraft inspection which would reveal how the most "road tested" Light Sport Aircraft off the factory line would endure after more miles and harsher operating conditions in a year than most during a lifetime.
Unlike most historic flights, Hope One was completely unmodified for The Flight. In fact, it was actually a demonstration aircraft for its first 42 hours, then outfitted with a parachute, autopilot system, and assigned to its place in aviation history where it would become the first LSA to fly into all fifty states. Also noteworthy is the fact that Combs had received his Sport Pilot's License only less than six months before taking off on his epic journey. But the question remained..."How did Hope One hold up?"
After the REMOS team inspected every inch of the aircraft, Hope One only needed tires, brakes, rotors, spark plugs, and a new battery. The Rotax engine had no leaks and the cylinder compression tests were better than ever registered in other aircrafts that had logged fewer hours. In essence, to observe this aircraft up close, it still looks new on the outside...but as well, the engine, flight controls, and electronics equally are performing as though this aircraft just rolled off of the factory floor.
"This just proves how important it is to conduct the scheduled maintenance," said REMOS technician Nick Williams. "This is the kind of aircraft that we enjoy working on. You just look at it and how well kept it is, and you know that there won't be any major problems."
"I think that it's a testimony to the fine quality of workmanship that REMOS puts into their aircraft," said Combs. "I mean, Hope One still looks and feels brand new...we even have fans say that she should have more battle scars, but it has held up very, very well. For a small aircraft that has flown further than around the world and has logged so many different airports and flight conditions, I am extremely pleased. Yes, I've taken care of her as best as anyone possibly could on a crazy trip like this, but this aircraft has certainly been flown and not babied. She's done well."
This inspection and The Flight for the Human Spirit not only are evidence to support REMOS, but have brought attention to Light Sport Aircrafts and to the General Aviation industry as a whole. Combs has inspired future pilots to begin flight training, and others to climb back behind the stick after years of time out of the cockpit. Through aviation he is encouraging others to follow their dreams no matter what they are.
Out of his original goal of landing in fifty states, he has flown the REMOS into 49...only Hawaii remains. His plan is to attract sponsors and raise the necessary capital to complete his mission.. Combs will be working with schools and bringing his message to as many as possible while endeavoring to set several world records this summer.
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Photo Caption - REMOS Aircraft technician Nick Williams inspects "Hope One"