BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – After spending over a year building an ultra-light aircraft in hopes of flying to the Bahamas, Norman Lewis has been grounded in Brunswick County.
According to Cape Fear Regional Jetport Director Howie Franklin, the homemade plane is "not flight worthy."
Following a study through the jetport's safety management program, a former manager with the FAA made a number of recommendations to Lewis on how to improve his plane. Lewis was provided documents, detailing methods in how to make his plane safe to fly.
Lewis was also advised that because he does not have a pilot's license and has limited flying experience, it would not be a safe endeavor.
The jetport held a commission meeting Thursday at 3 p.m. to discuss a variety of topics, including the issue of permitting Lewis to fly and store his plane at the jetport.