First look at AOPA's 2009 Let's Go Flying Cirrus SR22
AOPA Sweepstakes winners have taken home many exciting airplanes over the years—but none can match the stunning performance, safety features, or panache of the association’s 2009 Sweepstakes Let’s Go Flying Cirrus SR22.
The technologically advanced, composite, glass-cockpit airplane can cover more than 1,000 nautical miles at a stretch, achieve speeds of more than 180 knots true airspeed, and reach an altitude of 17,500 feet. Like every Cirrus, it has an airframe parachute, and this particular SR22 also carries a built-in TKS anti-icing system for an extra level of safety. Its deluxe leather interior makes riding in the Let’s Go Flying SR22 feel like a luxury sports car.
Unlike previous sweepstakes airplanes, the Let’s Go Flying SR22 needs no refurbishment. It’s a pristine, 2005-model G-2, and it’s flawless. It was donated to AOPA by Lloyd Huck, a philanthropist and longtime member and AOPA Air Safety Foundation donor who served as an Army Air Corps B-29 bomber pilot during World War II.
The Let’s Go Flying SR22 will crisscross North America in 2009 to highlight the tremendous utility of general aviation. You’ll see it at a variety of high-profile events throughout the year—but you may not recognize it. The Let’s Go Flying SR22 will sport a number of different looks courtesy of Air Graphics LLC, the Madison, Wis., firm that will design and install a series of eye-catching, exterior schemes.
Check back Jan. 1 for complete sweepstakes details and official rules.
December 22, 2008