June 12, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Sporty’s Pilot Shop has chosen to give away a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher for its 2010 sweepstakes. The SkyCatcher is a two-seat trainer and personal airplane in the light sport aircraft (LSA) category, powered by a 100-horsepower Teledyne Continental O-200D engine and a composite propeller. The 162 can cruise as fast as 118 knots, and as far as 470 nm. The instrument panel features a Garmin G300 avionics package, and instead of conventional control yokes, the SkyCatcher has control sticks.
“We chose the SkyCatcher for our next Sweepstakes because it is the ultimate personal airplane,” said Sporty’s President Michael Wolf. “Plus, its glass panel avionics make the airplane state of the art.”
To be eligible to win the Sporty’s SkyCatcher you must place an order with Sporty’s before May 10, 2010. Sporty’s can be reached at 800/SPORTYS (800/776-7897) or see the Web site.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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