Tips for Attending a Landing of The Flight for the Human Spirit

Posted by Michael / on 04/04/2010 / 1 Comment

Categories: Flight Planning & Details, Alerts


Tips for Attending a Landing of The Flight for the Human Spirit

There is something very, very special about attending an historic aviation event.  It not only stirs the soul, but it brings us together in a special way that no one can really describe.  Witnessing man and machine conquering the sky in a special or a unique way reminds all of us that there are no boundaries in life, and that we are capable of so much...if we only believe.

A special part of following The Flight for the Human Spirit will certainly be attending one or more of the landings when Michael Combs and his Light Sport Aircraft named Hope One touch down in a city or town near you.  This special flight began with a dream, and now is a reality that will never be repeated in this way.

When you go, here are a few tips to make your visit fun for you, your family and friends: 


Stay informed  

This is an ever changing flight that is prone to changes sometimes at a moment's notice.  Weather will play an important role in timing, and even if the landing/take-off will take place.  Be sure to go to for the latest information from mission control.  If there will be a delay in the next take-off, it will be announced as soon as a decision is made by Mission Control.  This will be the best place to get the most current information...Remember - "Website/Mission Control"


Monitor the Progress

Through the latest in technology, we have taken special care to make sure that you are able to follow every moment of The Flight, even with live radar tracking that updates every two minutes.  The main page of the website will have this live map, the latest updates from Mission Control, and even comments and photos from the cockpit of Hope One.  You will most likely know when Michael is 30 minutes from touchdown, and see exactly where he is at any given moment.

Know Where to Go  

There is an incredible amount of coordination when you design a mission that has 135 stops, but that's what we've done, and it is all to make sure that 20,000,000 people are given the message that it is never EVER too late to follow your dreams.  But even with the greatest of plans can come some changes along the way.

Airports can change!  Before each Flight begins, we will have the latest information on which airport that Michael is flying into.  Also we will let you know where to meet at each stop.


Arrive in Time  

Most stops will be less than an hour from touchdown to take-off.  Remember, Michael is flying over 19,000 miles in around 40 days in a Light Sport Aircraft.  It was important to him that as many stops as possible are built into the route, (he designed it), but it is also important for him to keep moving on each day of flight.  Through the latest in technology, you will know where he is, and roughly when he will be landing, this allows you the freedom to arrive just a little early to make sure that you are there to witness another leg of aviation history.

At most stops there will only be time for Michael to stretch, Hope One to be refueled, and a chance to talk with the media and fans.  These tasks will all be accomplished in 40 minutes or less at most stops.  We ask that you give Michael room to complete his checklists and verifying the weather on the next leg.  He will make every attempt to talk to as many attendees as possible.


Bring your Camera

Although Michael plans to tour the country after The Flight is completed, there will only be one flight.  So make sure that you are there to document the moment that you saw Hope One.



First Take-off of the Day


With the exception of Salina, the first Take-offs of each flight day are not being publicized.  This doesn't mean that you shouldn't come out to participate however!  There are several constants to the beginning of each flight day:

  • 1. Pre-Flight inspection of Hope One - Michael will carefully follow a series of checklists to determine the airworthiness of this aircraft.
  • 2. Prayer - Each Flight Day will begin with a prayer for the safety of The Flight, and for the hearts of many to be stirred to live their lives with no regrets, and to encourage others to do the same.
  • 3. Warm-up - Hope One can take as long as fifteen minutes to warm up before the oil temperature is adequate.


There are also several variables to the timing of each initial Take-off:

  • 1. Weather conditions - Early mornings can be foggy, or provide low cloud ceilings. This can delay the take-off sometimes for hours...patience is key with this mission.
  • 2. Weather conditions at each destination - Although the weather may be clear skies here, it may be cloudy, windy, or stormy at the next stop 300 miles away. Sometimes the forecast may simply call for waiting until the conditions are right to fly onward.
  • 3. Mechanical concerns - A pre-flight inspection might reveal a problem with a radio, a low tire, or ??? These all must be addressed and remedied prior to the take-off.


On a clear/calm day, Michael will be arriving at the airport between six and seven in the morning.  On a cloudy day, he may not arrive until later when conditions are expected to improve.  If you read that Mission Control states that the take-off should be around ten AM, then Michael will be there around nine to conduct his pre-flight inspection.


Attending the Take-off will be reserved for a special group of individuals called "die hards."  These are the same people who go outside to see eclipses, thunderstorms, and parades.  If ever you want the best stories, and the best photos, seek out these folks who never grow tired of looking for the unusual events that make up their lives.


We welcome you with open arms!



What if you can't make it to the landing or take-off events?


Other than not quite sure why you have read this far on the page if you weren't interested in attending, we encourage you to follow along on-line as the adventure unfolds.  On our home page: you will find plenty of links that will contain the very latest of information.


Be sure that your name is a part of history by adding it to the Companion Notebook that is flying on-board Hope One.  You can order it from the home page, or send us an e-mail:


Some have written in to say that they will be going outside to see Hope One flying high overhead, and to this Michael has said that he will be looking for you to wave or flash your lights.  Remember...we are doing this together!!!


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  • John says:

    I attended Michaels Landing at Skylark Airpark in Ct. It was great to meet him and shake his hand and wish him a salf trip. I am following him for the rest of his adventure and wishing I was with him. I am in spirte.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM | Permalink


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