November 11, 2009
SWEEPS UPDATE December 20 Happy endings We thank everyone for efforts on the Cardinal
I could write a novel about the sweepstakes project. And it would be set in Griffin, Georgia.
The long journey of refurbishing the 1977 Cessna Cardinal we selected more than a year ago for the 2007 sweepstakes has taken us along a twisted path, criss-crossing the country for upgrades and airshows. During the course of these travels and travails, the airplane has spent significant time at the Griffin-Spalding County Airport, nestled just on the edge of Griffin. So it’s only fitting that our last efforts also take place in this countrified town on the outskirts of Atlanta.
We have come here for the close of the 2007 sweepstakes project, for the Catch-A-Cardinal’s final fit and finish before we award the airplane to a lucky winner in early February 2008. More on applying the details...
RECENT UPDATES December 6 Applying the Details Final touches to the panel There are just a couple more details to address on the 1977 Cessna Cardinal that we're refurbishing for this year's sweepstakes, and this week we've knocked off two more important components. More on applying the details ...
November 29 Another Blessing DERs pave the way for the Cardinal With the amount of new and upgraded parts and pieces in your Catch-A-Cardinal, you'd think there would be a lot of paperwork to the process. That's true—we could significantly impact the useful load on our 1977 Cessna Cardinal with all those supplemental type certificates and parts manufacturing approval tags. More on another blessing...
November 21 More Magic—in Your Hands The Lowrance 600c GPS goes to our winner Though the 1977 Cessna Cardinal we've refurbished for this year's Catch-A-Cardinal sweepstakes has a host of electronic goodies in its new instrument panel, the prudent pilot always takes along a back-up navigation source. Lowrance Avionics is providing its latest handheld GPS, the 600c, for the winner to use to check off this important box. More on magic in your hands...
November 8 It's Essential Preserving another kind of "juice" You could successfully argue that fuel is the most important "juice" in the airplane. More on it's essential...
November 1 South Once More We begin finishing touches on the Cardinal A year ago—November 3, actually—we started tearing into the 1977 Cessna Cardinal that we're refurbishing for this year's sweepstakes. More on south once more...
October 25 All the Accessories A roster of treats for the winner We've spent the past 10 months telling you all about the progress on the 1977 Cessna Cardinal we're refurbishing for this year's AOPA sweepstakes. And really, the work on the airplane, and all the new or overhauled components we've put into it comprise the bulk of the sweepstakes value. More on all the accessories...
October 18 Questions on the Cardinal? We have answers! When we launched the Catch-A-Cardinal sweepstakes project on January 1 of this year, I opened my Inbox to find your e-mails - from nearly the moment we posted the first story. You've been following the refurbishment of the 1977 Cessna Cardinal with great interest, and you've asked some great questions along the way. More on questions on the Cardinal...
October 11 Cardinal on Display A hot airplane, a hot Expo "I want to win this one!" You can understand how gratifying it was to hear those words, over and over, at AOPA Expo last week, as pilots and aviation enthusiasts and their families gathered around the Catch-A-Cardinal, our 2007 sweepstakes airplane. More on Cardinal on display...
October 4 These Very Wings The Cardinal flies to AOPA Expo Just 6 short months ago, the only way the Cessna Cardinal we refurbished for this year's sweepstakes could travel to an airshow was via Douglas DC-3 and an Atlanta Air Recovery & Storage 40-ft flatbed trailer. More on these very wings...
September 27 Milestones Getting the Catch-A-Cardinal ready for AOPA Expo When we returned to Griffin, Georgia, with the 1977 Cessna Cardinal we're refurbishing for this year's sweepstakes after its date with the interior shop two weeks ago, we'd finished off all five of the major work packages associated with the airplane's journey from average to unforgettable. More on milestones...
September 20 Cardinal Tour II Crossing the southern frontier We had so much fun the first time out, we had to do it again. Obvious, even to the casual observer: The airplane had a long cross-country flight next on the itinerary. We had the Cardinal out in Alva, Oklahoma, for its interior refurbishment, and we needed to bring it back to Griffin, Georgia, prior to AOPA Expo in Hartford for installation of the wheel pants before it goes on display at the show. More on Cardinal Tour II...
September 13 Completion Center The interior comes together for the Cardinal Once again, several different projects intersect as we come to the conclusion of a major stage in the Catch-A-Cardinal's refurbishment. More on completion center...
September 6 An Interior in Stages Starting with the seats, we rebuild the Cardinal's interior Travel back in time with me to March 23. We were just a few weeks from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, and the Cessna Cardinal for this year's sweepstakes was coming back together in stages: major airframe refurbishment, complete rewiring, an engine bolted on the reconditioned mount, and the painting of each part all coming together in stages. More on an interior in stages...
MULTIMEDIA See why the Cardinal's cross-country cruise was a great success.
• Batavia and Oshkosh
• Maiden Flight • First Engine Run • Painting Process • See the Catch-A- Cardinal in Living Color • Fly the Catch-A- Cardinal's New Panel • Avionics Wiring Process • Airframe Refurbishment Process • The First Cross-Country
NEW! Download full-size images of the Cardinal to use as your computer's wallpaper!
Download the Cardinal for Microsoft Flight Simulator
• DC Aerospace
• Lowrance Avionics
• Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
• Sporty's Pilot Shop
• Honeywell Bendix/ King
• Power Flow Systems
• Micro Aerodynamics
• Skybolt Aeromotive
• Sound Ex
• Vantage Plane Plastics
• Precision Avionics & Instruments
• JP Instruments
• Flight1 Technologies
• L-3 Communications Avionics Systems
• Precision Avionics
• The Vac Source
• S-Tec Corporation
• Tanis Aircraft • Precise Flight • Precision Hose Technology • Don's Dream Machines • American Propeller • Lycoming Engines • Air Wrench • Michelin • Cleveland Wheels & Brakes • Moody Aero-Graphics • LP Aero Plastics • Advanced Aircraft Refinishers • Garmin International • Sarasota Avionics International • Cobham, plc: Comant and Artex • Classic Aircraft Maintenance's Danny Rexroad • Freeman's Just Plane Hardware • The AvNet • Scheme Designers • Cardinal Flyers Online • AOPA Aircraft Title and Escrow Services • Cessna Aircraft Company
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