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Breaking through the glass ceiling

Article | Sep 01, 2008

Breaking through the glass ceiling AOPA announces 2008 glass-panel sweepstakes airplane The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is doing something new this year as it upgrades one of the most familiar general aviation airplanes with an entirely modernized glass instrument panel. The 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes airplane is a 1976 Piper Archer II, which will become fully upgraded throughout 2008 with a new glass panel, paint, and interior.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: A Panel Comes Alive

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

The switch is flipped on with a satisfying click, and the culmination of months of work begins to shine brightly. Fans whine and displays glow as they begin their test routines.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: Uber Upgrades

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

It’s time to go glass. After months of work from Oxford Aviation on the beautiful cosmetic appointments, and Penn Yan Aero on the new powerplant behind AOPA’s Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Archer, it’s finally time to begin work on the airplane’s instrument panel.

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.