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AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: A New Coat

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Many said, “It’s beautiful.” One thought it has the best paint job of any sweepstakes airplane yet. Others simply said the paint really updated the look of the airplane.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: More Than Skin Deep

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Engine overhaul. Just saying these two costly words strikes fear in the heart of aircraft owners everywhere.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: Glass Evolves

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Aspen Avionics, a small start-up company based in Albuquerque, has ambitious plans. And since EAA AirVenture last July, those plans have brought great interest to the general aviation community.

Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes: Surprise of a Lifetime

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

How differently we react to “surprise.” For Longview, Texas-based Bruce Chase, the surprise of winning an airplane didn’t even warrant a smile—at least for the first few minutes. He only nodded politely as AOPA President Phil Boyer and a crowd of television cameras engulfed him as he heard the news that he had won AOPA’s 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes prize, a fully refurbished 1977 Cessna Cardinal.

The Lucky Ones

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

In the 51 years since AOPA gave away its first prize airplanes on national TV, winners have received brand-new aircraft and painstakingly restored antiques. The fortunate few have won singles and twins, fixed gear and retractable models, fabric-covered and metal airplanes.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

From the Best Laid Plans Department, Editor in Chief Tom Haines reports that the Piper Matrix (“Graduate Tool,” page 60) flies just fine in instrument conditions. After speed and handling checks and a photo mission, Haines was supposed to fly the Matrix from Vero Beach, Florida, to Tallahassee last December and then hitch a ride on a Seneca to Griffin, Georgia, to check on our 2007 Catch a Cardinal project.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: You Say You Want a Revolution?

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Welcome to the glass revolution. Today, more than ever, glass cockpits are becoming available in light general aviation airplanes both new from the factory and now as a retrofit.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Article | Dec 01, 2007

Download the Cardinal for Microsoft Flight Simulator Click on an image of the Cardinal to download a full-size version to use as your computer's wallpaper! Finishing touches on the Catch-A-Cardinal This is not about an airplane at all. For 20 years, general aviation has woven itself into the fabric of my life—the lines of the airplanes, the sensations of flight, and the nature of the people who pursue it.

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.