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.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>