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ToddBaldwin3
As an Aggie, that longhorn offends me. Just kidding. I got a smile and a laugh out of it, thanks!
Scjemail44
Nice job.
rkpeck
Roger Peck 10
Can you imagine trying to pull that off in the days prior to GPS? The closest you could get would be if you drew it out on sectional and followed off of the benchmarks on the ground. Very impressive, due to how really small an area he was working with.
rkpeck
Oops, assumption that the pilot was male. No intent on offending anyone.
rwf01001
This was an incredible tribute (I believe) to the people of Houston, after what they went through before, during, and obviously after Hurricane Harvey! VERY VERY NICE!
pilotjag
pilotjag 9
That is honestly the coolest, and most creative flightpath drawings I've ever seen!!!
mweiserny
Ya gotta Love Texas, and only in America!

God Bless Airplanes - all of 'em!
travistx
travistx 4
NOAA satellite photos from right after Harvey showed KIWS to be completely underwater, so it's great to see it as this flight's home base.
carlsonj
It did prompt at least one shockingly ill-informed take:

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/909962944167006209
WilliamRichardsonRCF
Am I the only one that thought it was 100% to scale and wondered how the hell a Cherokee did that? Of course, I clicked through and realized it's not Texas-sized. :)
moose061970
Great shot. What a Sunset.
isardriver
very cool
CHBHA
CB HARDY 1
How long before somebody flies a penis pattern over the country?
CHBHA
CB HARDY 1
I'm sorry. That just came out.
paul8626
I'm sure it's been done.
Sirsparksalot
Awesome!! Hook'em Horns!!
Hesynergy
Chas Reed -1
http://imgur.com/E4njBWT
http://imgur.com/20gjvMH

Amazing what a C-172 with a GTN 750 on AP can do… Except when it doesn’t… I had to hand fly it from the “C”
Thanks LittleNavMap & Skyvector

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whip5209
It was very likely some sort of test flight for endurance. Not legal to haul part 121 cargo on such a flight. Get real, or get educated.
Ruger9X19
Or you could just google the name of the operator from the aircraft info block and find that COWLIN AVIATION LLC is a flight training service and have a post of their flight track on their Facebook page that says they did it for training.

"Did you catch our awesome #Texas #longhorn training flight yesterday?"
https://www.facebook.com/CowlinAviation/
carlsonj
Or they were doing it to enter Lightspeed's contest. They're on the list of recent submissions:

http://www.cloudahoy.com/LS2017/contest/recent

http://www.lightspeedaviation.com/content/lightspeedaviation/CustomPages/promo/wildbluedoodle.htm
30west
30west 8
Ken,

I think it was probably done for the pure enjoyment, the satisfaction of doing something very cool and the simple pleasure of flying! Nothing more or nothing less. Certainly not an endurance test flight, flight time was only about two and a half hours.

Your comment "Not legal to haul part 121 cargo on such a flight. Get real or get educated" is quite puzzling. FAR Part 121.159 prohibits the use of single engine aircraft. It has nothing to do with "such a flight" as you stated. I won't quote your last sentence. ;-)
whip5209
There are regs for delivering goods. If you accept ANY money, it is illegal as you are now a pay-for-hire flight. The pilots/owners MUST pay for everything, no donations. Maybe it's Part135. I shot a bit from the hip.

If someone wants to draw Texas in the sky near Houston, it's their business. I was annoyed by that post from layman. Looks like I wasn't alone.
layman85
layman85 1
Mercifully, nor am I. https://www.operation-airdrop.com/, https://www.pilotsnpaws.org/hurricane-harvey-instructions
am60s
Tim Baker -7
It just dawned on me, it's a result of the new Facebook generation.

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