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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT The Ultimate Skylane Come along with Editor at Large Tom Horne as he takes the Crossover Classic, our 2011 sweepstakes Cessna 182 , from an aged disco queen to a speedy steed that will make any owner proud. In this online video, Horne starts with the purchase process, celebrates the sale, flies its first cross-country, rips out the dated interior, strips off the nasty paint job, refurbishes the interior, adds fantastic avionics, picks out a new paint scheme, and shows off at the airshows.

Brits invade Florida

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, leverages the 84-year-old company’s knowledge in building airplanes and blends it with input from a group of project executives who have roots in another legendary aircraft manufacturer, Britain’s Hawker Siddeley. Hawker Siddeley was an amalgamation of British manufacturers.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps: The Ultimate Skylane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

We’re in the home stretch. Before long, the keys to the Crossover Classic will be handed over to the lucky winner of AOPA’s 2011 Sweepstakes.

Pimp my Plane

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Really, it’s our fault. David Lessnick of Las Vegas was perfectly happy with his 1964 Piper Comanche 250—until he saw AOPA’s 2008 sweepstakes airplane.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps: The inside job

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

It’s been a mere seven months since we first bought AOPA’s 2011 sweepstakes airplane—a tattered-looking 1974 Cessna 182P—and put it through several major-league steps in its complete restoration. First came the installation of a factory-remanufactured, 300-horsepower Continental IO-550 engine, a new Hartzell three-blade propeller, and Flint Aero wingtip fuel tanks at Air Plains Services of Wellington, Kansas.

Quest Kodiak: A higher calling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

After logging thousands of flight hours in iconic Howard DGA–15s beginning as a teenager, California rancher Bruce Dickenson developed his own ideas for making the relatively fast and powerful airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s even better.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps

Pilot Magazine | Feb 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.

A lucky find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Photography by Mike Fizer If Pat Smith’s V-tail Bonanza were to be purchased today in the same condition it was in 1996 when he bought it, it would have a base price of $85,000, according to a Vref estimate, but back then it cost $71,500; it had been newly refurbished by one of the nation’s busiest Bonanza repair shops. There was new paint, a new interior, an engine overhaul by another company, and a rebuilt nose gear because of an accident in the Dallas area.

Skylane seeking

Article | Oct 01, 2010

It's that time of year again - time to ready one AOPA Sweepstakes airplane for its giveaway to a lucky winner, and time to gear up for the next sweepstakes. During the November 11 through 13 AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California, the keys to our 2010 Fun To Fly Sweepstakes Remos GX will be handed over to its new owner. But that doesn't mean waiting until then to begin the search for the 2011 sweepstakes airplane. As this article goes to press, we're in hot pursuit of next year's prize.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The April 2010 eruption of a volcano on Iceland may or may not have subsided by now, depending on the interplay between neighboring hot spots on that mid-Atlantic island. The offending unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced EYE-a-fyat-la-jo-kutl for those willing to give it a try), has a neighboring volcano that has a history of erupting after Eyjafjallajokull does.