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AOPA Member Guide

Article | Dec 01, 2007

Last chance to enter to win a Cessna Cardinal! Join or renew your AOPA membership for your chance to win a totally refurbished Cessna Cardinal as the grand prize in AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes. Joining or renewing is easy: Call 800-USA-AOPA or go online.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Anyone who has survived a long, complex project like this year's Catch-A-Cardinal refurbishment (see "AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes: Perfect Timing," page 62) knows that there has to be a certain kind of "glue" to help you hang in there when the going gets tough. "For Dan Gryder and me, that glue was music," says AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Julie K.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

The smooth touch of new Featured contributors Vantage Plane PlasticsVantage Associates, an aerospace interior manufacturer on the west coast, acquired the Plane Plastics division from Kinzie Industries (based at the Alva Municipal Airport since 1951) in November 2000. Plane Plastics opened a new facility at the south end of the airport in February 2005, further expanding its business.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

The Cardinal barnstorms the Midwest The big airshow at Oshkosh attracts hundreds of thousands of people each summer to its miles and miles of aircraft and pilot gear on display. Although it often feels like every pilot since Wilbur and Orville has flown in for a bratwurst and some cheese curds, not everyone can make the show each year, or at all.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

The Cardinal's first cross-country to greet the flock There are things you just won't know about an airplane until you fly it. When we launched the 1977 Cessna Cardinal we're refurbishing for this year's AOPA sweepstakes on its initial test flight, we made sure every square had been checked.

Color your Cardinal!

Article | Aug 01, 2007

Color your Cardinal! You know what feathers do for a bird. Help us out by providing your feedback on how AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes airplane should look.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Getting ready for first flight With past AOPA sweepstakes project airplanes, we've taken a flying airplane around the country to various shops for upgrades. Each point on the journey was like adding a bead to a necklace; over the course of the year we'd end up with a string of results that created a show airplane to give away.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

An incredible paint process for an amazing airplane Some might say we're taking the long way around with this year's sweepstakes airplane. We had two big plans in store for the 1977 Cessna 177B Cardinal that we're refurbishing for you — the first involved a complete disassembly of the airframe.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

The avionics you want - and use It takes a team. The goal from the start of AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes: to make your 1977 Cessna 177B shine like no Cardinal anyone has ever seen before.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Upgrades to your Cardinal's electrical system An airframe lasts a long time, if it's maintained with care. But besides the spar, ribs, and skins, a lot of moving pieces and critical connections go into even the lightest of light airplanes.