November 11, 2009
Jan. 16, 2004 - We know something you don't know! AOPA's independent accounting firm has returned the winning numbers for both the Grand Prize Waco and the final monthly winners in the AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes. And no, we're not telling - yet. We're still in the process of verifying that the winners are eligible.
"If you've ever felt that wonderful sense of anticipation as you wait for someone to unwrap the perfect birthday present, that's what it feels like around AOPA headquarters these days," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "All it's going to take to convince the Grand Prize winner to find a way to keep the Waco is one ride. Just ask one of our monthly winners."
Roger Sayers of Greenville, South Carolina, is one of the most recent monthly winners to complete his flight. "I remember thinking that this is what flying is all about," he said. "The open cockpit gives you a sense of freedom."
[Read Roger Sayers's own account of his Waco Experience trip.]
Each of the 24 monthly winners in the Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes receive a trip to spend a half-day flying in a Waco very similar to the sweepstakes grand prize, a beautifully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7, lovingly returned to better than new condition by Rare Aircraft of Owatonna, Minn. "What a thrill it would be to call Eric for flight training as the lucky winner of the AOPA Waco UPF-7," said Sayers. "I would definitely keep it!"
Even as AOPA gears up for the big pay-off in the Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes, the 2004 Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes is already under way. The engines and props of our 1965 Piper Twin Comanche are being worked on, as are the control surfaces. Look for AOPA Pilot Editor-at-Large Tom Horne's first article on the restoration project in the February issue of the magazine, as well as his periodic restoration updates and complete rules and eligibility requirements on AOPA Online.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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