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November 11, 2009

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The interior comes together for the Cardinal

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Once again, several different projects intersect as we come to the conclusion of a major stage in the Catch-A-Cardinal's refurbishment.

With the all-new interior for this 1977 Cessna Cardinal we're giving away for the 2007 sweepstakes, the roster of tasks and shops involved includes several key players: Aerodesigns (upholstery, side panels, and carpet installation), Vantage Plane Plastics (interior plastic and installation), Mayfield Aviation Leather (aircraft leather), Aviation Safety Products (seat belt rewebbing), Alamo Plating (seat belt hardware replating), Aircraft Interior Products (carpet), and SoundEx Products (soundproofing).

Last-minute parts came into the hangar at Alva, Oklahoma, where the Cardinal was undergoing its interior beauty treatment all week last week, including our reworked subpanels from Air Capitol Dial, which installed perfectly and looked sharp.

And the teams from Aerodesigns and Plane Plastics worked overtime to make sure we had the airplane on schedule, alongside Field Project Manager Dan Gryder, of The AvNet, whose dedication to making this project the best possible has been consistent and complete.

We think the pictures speak louder than words, so take a spin through those posted with this update. You'll see once more an ongoing theme—several hard-working people from different companies throwing their efforts in together in a tight space on a tight deadline to make it happen.

All the more impressive? Like so much of the labor and parts on this project that came together courtesy of the shops in Griffin, Georgia, all of the labor and the interior materials were donated. We hope you'll reward their hard work with your consideration when it comes time to update your airplane.

- Julie K. Boatman E-mail the author at julie.boatman@aopa.org.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Mayfield Aviation Leather
Rick Mayfield fulfilled a longtime ambition when he obtained his private pilot certificate in 1994. And the first thing he did? He refurbished the interior of the Cessna 172 he had purchased for his training. Using his wife's talents in leather furniture design and manufacturing as a springboard, Mayfield turned his passion for aviation into a thriving business. Mayfield Aviation Leather is the result.

Mayfield understands the ins and outs of a detailed aircraft refurbishment project—he took everything but the wings off a Cessna 210L. He's done the interiors of six aircraft of his own as a hobby, but early on translated it into success: Mayfield sold leather to his first aviation customer in 1995. His association with leather manufacturers has enabled him to develope a "high traffic" aviation leather that complies with all FARs—Mayfield has carved a niche. And the Catch-A-Cardinal benefits from all-new leather, thanks to his company—this is their third AOPA sweepstakes project donation. Call 828/328-3135 or visit the Web site.