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‘Top Prop’ winner to be named at AirVenture

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Pilots may sign up through July 21 for a chance to win a three-day backcountry flying adventure or a seaplane rating in Hartzell Propeller's Top Prop Trailblazer Sweepstakes.

Pilot wins water wings

Article | May 22, 2015

Arizona flight instructor (and newly hired airline pilot) Blake Godfrey won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.

AOPA launches 2015 flight training poll, sweepstakes

Article | May 20, 2015

AOPA announced May 20 that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots at all levels to share feedback on their flight training experiences.

New pilot wins Sporty’s RV-12 Sweeps airplane

Article | May 16, 2015

A new airplane for a new private pilot: Sporty’s surprised Rick Okikawa of California May 16 with the news that he had won the Sporty’s 2015 RV-12 Sweepstakes airplane.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

Larry Hill’s face lights up as a slight tug on N152UC’s yoke causes the AOPA Sweepstakes 152 airplane to ease off the ground and into the air at AOPA’s home base in Frederick, Maryland.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Debonair Sweepstakes: Frequently asked questions

Article | Oct 03, 2014

The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane was a favorite among AOPA members. Find out how this year's winner was selected.

King Schools unveils Alaskan Aviation Adventure Sweepstakes

Article | Jul 28, 2014

King Schools has opened entries for its annual Alaskan Aviation Adventure Sweepstakes.

AOPA Live This Week - July 17, 2014

Video | Jul 18, 2014

New midget personal jet from Sonex flies, even does aerobatics on its first flight. Time is getting close to award the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair; see how your airplane looks over the Big Apple. We have an update on the search for a replacement for 100LL, and it’s good news. And we take a look at the army of green shirts that help make the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins possible.

Debonair sweeps: Just a few days left to increase your odds

Article | Jul 15, 2014

As an AOPA member, you’re automatically entered to win AOPA’s Debonair Sweepstakes, but it’s easy to get 10 additional entries simply by upgrading your membership to AOPA Premier by July 31.

AOPA Live This Week - June 19, 2014

Video | Jun 19, 2014

AOPA answers egregious USA Today series on GA safety. The Sweepstakes Debonair is done! A look at what might be your airplane. Dog fighting over Cape Cod, and the Special Olympics airlift.

AOPA Debonair Sweepstakes

Video | Jun 10, 2014

It's almost there, here's a summary of the restoration process and generous donors.

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

Sporty's awards sweepstakes RV-12

Article | May 21, 2014

The purchase of a simple airport/facility directory turned out to be a lot more than that for John Ballard of Midlothian, Texas.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 12, 2014

The Beech Debonair was first produced in 1960 and was a stripped down, straight-tail version of Beechcraft’s iconic V-tail Bonanza

Scheme Designers hosts scavenger hunt

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Scheme Designers, the design company that creates paint schemes for everything from light sport aircraft to airliners—as well as this year’s AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair—is hosting a scavenger hunt at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A single-engine aircraft is parked in front of a hangar at Lakeland Municipal Airport in Lakeland, Florida, circa 1937. Lakeland Municipal Airport opened on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in 1935.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Mosquito bomber heading for U.S. Restoration took place in New Zealand By Alton K.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

It’s already reached 30,300 feet—a world record for a solar-powered airplane (and beyond expectations)—and stayed aloft 26 hours and 10 minutes for another solar-powered record. Sun power Solar Impulse prepares for U.S.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

One down, three more to go. Work packages for AOPA's 2011 Crossover Classic sweepstakes Cessna 182, that is. Those of you who've followed our sweepstakes restoration projects in the past know how these very substantial projects progress through four basic stages: engine and propeller; avionics; interior; and paint.

2010 Sweepstakes Unveiling

Video | Nov 08, 2009

AOPA President Craig Fuller unveils the 2010 sweepstakes aircraft. The 2010 sweepstakes starts right here at Summit and will end next year at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif., where the airplane will be awarded.