Flying to the Top for Charity

Dallas man plans North Pole flight for charity

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 10:09 AM CDT
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Flying to the Top for Charity

Jeff Barranti

North pole Holiday decoration covered with snow at Barranti Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains -Los Gatos, elevation: 2150 ft Tuesday, December 16 @ 8:00 AM

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Wayne Maynard of Dallas must really love to fly.

The 61-year-old plans to take to the air for eight straight days starting July 23 as he flies from Executive Airport, once known as Redbird Airport, to the North Pole and, presumably, back again.

That's one guy, flying a 2003 Columbia 350 solo and covering more than 7,000 miles.

Of course, there's the sense of adventure and accomplishment attached to his effort, at least we hope for the latter. Maynard, though, also wants to raise money for and awareness of Grace Flight, an organization that provides free air transportation to people in need of medical treatments.

Maynard became familiar with the group after his brother-in-law needed its services. In addition to raising money, Maynard hopes to generate interest in volunteering for Grace Flight among fellow pilots.

This is one gift-giving flight involving the North Pole that's no myth.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He was in a private, single-engine prop plane … once.

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