Doug Hughes, the former mail carrier who landed his gyrocopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capital to protest big money in politics, finally achieved what he set out to do two years ago. On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Hughes mailed 535 protest letters to each member of Congress at the post office in Riverview where he worked for 12 years. Two years before, Hughes carried the letters on the landing gear of his gyrocopter as he flew through protected airspace causing a stir on the National Mall and grabbing the attention of news outlets across the country. Hughes is currently writing a book about his flight and after his probation he hopes to work on his plan to get reform minded candidates elected to Congress by 2020. (April 20, 2017) JAMES BORCHUCK | Times staff.