April 8, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
Have you ever wanted to fly an AOPA sweepstakes airplane? Now is your chance. Karoline Amodeo, winner of the 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Piper Archer, is offering the completely refurbished, glass-panel-equipped Archer for rent through Richmor Aviation at the Dutchess County Airport in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Archer features an Aspen Avionics EFD1000 primary flight display, giving those who are considering purchasing the new PFD a perfect opportunity to try it before buying it or having it installed. The EFD1000 is coupled to two Garmin GNS430Ws and an S-Tec Fifty Five X autopilot with altitude preselect. Renters also will get better situational awareness with the Avidyne EX500 multifunction display with datalink weather, charts, and an L-3 Communications Avionics Systems WX500 stormscope.
The airplane is available for solo rental with a checkout from a Richmor instructor. The current rate is $129 an hour wet.
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