October 15, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
80: The number of aircraft that participated in the 2012 AOPA Aviation Summit Parade of Planes.
$70,000: A bid on “A Night For Flight” auction item—a lunch and flight with actor/pilot Harrison Ford.
$25: Landing fee at Catalina Island’s Airport In The Sky, which was waived for AOPA members during the AOPA Aviation Summit.
5 percent or more: Predicted increase in aircraft fuel efficiency on planes with Tamarack Aerospace’s “active” winglets.
$12,000: Donation received by the AOPA Foundation from the Lightspeed Foundation during the A Night for Flight charity event.
200 hours: Total time on the 2012 Tougher Than A Tornado Aviat Husky sweepstakes airplane.
325 knots: Cruise speed of Epic Aircraft E1000 kitbuilt turboprop.
$99: Cost of one-year VFR subscription for Bendix/King’s iPad app: MyWingMan electronic flight bag.
400: Number of exhibit booths at AOPA Aviation Summit.
10 hours: How long it took pilot Neil Bradon to do his first solo
PC-12: The dream aircraft of actor/comedian/pilot Dave Coulier
$115,000: Cost of “Signature Edition” Van’s Aircraft light sport RV-12
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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