Light Sport First -- For A Good Cause

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A Cincinnati pilot hopes to become the first to touch down in a Light Sport aircraft in all 48 contiguous states later this month but it's the worried parents of sick children who will benefit. Preston Bentley, 26, who works at Blue Ash Aviation and Charter, will fly a T-II Sky Skooter on the epic 8,000-nm flight, which he hopes to finish in 30 days. Along the way he'll be trying to raise $500,000 for Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House, one of 259 comfortable places for families of sick children to stay while the kids are in the hospital away from home. "I want to do something good for this world, and I want to see and experience as much of it as possible in the process," Bentley said. Bentley has a personal stake in the fundraiser. His cousin Seth Bailey died in 2004 from a rare medical condition that had involved numerous stays in the hospital for surgery. The Baileys lived in Virginia and family spent a lot of time at the local Ronald McDonald House. "This journey is about Seth and all the children who will benefit from the money raised in his name," Bentley said. He'll take off during the Blue Ash Airshow on Sept. 17. IndUS Aviation has donated the use of the plane.