'Be Careful'

"Be careful," Charles Laney, owner of Laney Airport in Maiden, said to James Thomas as he headed towards his home-built aircraft on Sunday.

Laney said that Thomas kept his plane there at the airport and was a regular of their small business.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.