Mort Crim with his
He isn't dying, but veteran TV and radio
journalist, writer, and pilot, Mort Crim, decided to pursue one of the
items on his "bucket list," or list of goals to accomplish
before he dies, by flying a long, cross-country trip in his light-sport
aircraft. It will start at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and continue
through the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, and then along the West Coast,
through Washington, Oregon, California, and finally east through Texas to
his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 7,400-mile trip will be a celebration
of his 74th birthday, July 31, the day he plans to start. While at
AirVenture, he may also serve as master of ceremonies for some Theater in
the Woods programs, but mostly he's there to enjoy himself. "You
know, I just enjoy it all," Crim replied, when asked about his
favorite part of AirVenture.
The plane he'll be using for the
cross-country trip is the Dova
Skylark. "I think that all the light-sport aircraft fly very
similarly," Crim said. "I like the low wing and the bubble top.
The aesthetics are probably what sold me, though. It's just personal
Crim got into flying when he was 15 years
old, when a friend of the family took him up in a Cessna. At age 19, he
received his pilot's certification, and at 67 received his Airline
Transport Pilot certificate for his own personal satisfaction. He has
flown all kinds of planes, from LSA to the pressurized Cessna 414 Golden
Besides checking off an item on his bucket
list, flying cross-country in an LSA will accomplish something else:
showing people that LSA are not simply toys, but a viable means of
transportation. It will also show that neither age, nor health should be a
limiting factor for those who want to fly. He's survived two bouts of
cancer, and is enjoying every minute he's healthy.
"I think the LSA flying rule is the
most exciting development in flying recently," Crim said, stating
that the sport pilot certification has allowed more people to enjoy flying
longer, and especially has benefited younger fliers who are just starting
out. Sport pilot also benefits older fliers who otherwise might not be
able to fly because of heavier restrictions.
Crim worked as a news anchor in
Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago for more than 30 years, and covered
Neil Armstrong's moon landing heard by millions of ABC radio network
listeners. He also substituted for Paul Harvey in the 1980s. Now in
semi-retirement, he continues to do voice work, including TV commercials
and books on CD, writing, and speaking.
Crim is working on his eighth book, which
will be about his experiences in flying throughout his life. This upcoming
cross-country trip will provide the words and images for its final