A Cessna 172 Flew From California To Hawaii For The First Time For Exactly 18 Hours

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario. You’re on an 18-hour flight. Your seat doesn’t recline. There is no in-flight entertainment. There is no in-flight service. The cabin is not pressurized. You can’t go to the bathroom – because there isn’t one. And you’re the only passenger.  Oh…and you’re the pilot, too.  For Tom Lopes, this scenario played out in a very real way on Saturday. Lopes completed the 2,521-mile journey when he ferried a brand-new Cessna 172 G1000 NXi Skyhawk (reg. N490NW) from Merced Regional Airport (MCE) in Merced, California, to Daniel K. Inouye International…