June 18, 2013
By Thomas A. Horne
You’ve been asking…and we’ve been listening! And now, it’s that time again—time to look over some of the Debonair Sweepstakes paint scheme designs. As usual, Craig Barnett of Scheme Designers, a long-time participant in AOPA's sweepstakes restoration projects, came up with a wide range of paint schemes. Off hand, I’d say at least 200 different schemes.
Some schemes were too wacky, at least in our opinion. Others sported shocking displays of color. Some just made us scratch our collective heads. We were looking for a modern interpretation of a retro look inspired by the early 1960s. Something that would draw attention without assaulting the senses, something that would evoke the Debonair paint schemes of the day without appearing dated.
What we got was, well, take a look at the representative schemes. Now we want to know what you think. To each his own! Place your vote and see what design others picked with our poll.
Paint scheme finalist No. 1
Paint scheme finalist No. 2
Paint scheme finalist No. 3
Paint scheme finalist No. 4
Paint scheme finalist No. 5
Paint scheme finalist No. 6
Paint scheme finalist No. 7
Paint scheme finalist No. 8
If you're planning to spend some time in San Marcos, Texas, for AOPA's regional fly-in, these suggestions may inspire you to get to know the city a little better.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.
With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.
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