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AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes

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Follow the AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes as Baker Air Service in Montana transforms the wrecked ranching workhorse into a Superior Super Cub.



AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub debuts at Sun ‘n Fun!

  • Sweepstakes project manager Alyssa Cobb answers questions about the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub.
  • Pilots are full of questions about their new Super Cub!
  • Pilots can’t get enough of the panel in the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub!
  • Aerotronics flawlessly designed the Sweepstakes Super Cub’s instrument panel! Members love it!
  • AOPA’s Sweepstakes Super Cub sports come cool tail art for its debut at Sun ‘n Fun.

Sweepstakes Super Cub makes its way to Sun ‘n Fun

  • AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and AOPA Online Managing Editor Alyssa Cobb take off from wintery Montana on April 7 headed to sunny Florida for the Sun n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.
  • Climbing to 9,500 feet msl, the Super Cub finds a tailwind as it heads southeast over snowy Montana and South Dakota.
  • Lewis and Clark Lake remains partially frozen!
  • Weather approaches the Super Cub’s course after an overnight stop in Kansas City, Missouri, but the Garmin aera 660 helps keep it in the clear.
  • Warmer weather! Flying along the western coast of Florida.
  • After 17 hours of flying, the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub makes it to Sun n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, for its big debut.

First flights after restoration

  • Showtime! Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers prepares to take the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub up for its first flight after being completely restored.
  • N954PC fires up! The Lycoming O-320 sounds great as it taxis to the runway for its first test flight.
  • Win This! The Super Cub performs flawlessly on its first flight in frigid 18-degree Fahrenheit weather in eastern Montana on April 6.
  • Aerotronics technician Isaac Horn climbs aboard the Super Cub with Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers to fine tune the avionics on a second test flight April 6.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub flies over snowy eastern Montana during its second test flight on April 6.
  • The LEDs from AeroLEDs illuminate beautifully as dusk falls around the Super Cub near the end of its second test flight.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers has some fun during the second test flight of the Super Cub at sunset on April 6.
  • The Garmin G5s and aera 660 show up nicely at dusk from a Husky in formation with the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub.
  • Who won’t want to WIN THIS completely restored AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub!
  • Father-son Roger and Darin Meggers take the Super Cub up for its third and final test flight April 7 before it heads to Florida for the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.

Super Cub Sweepstakes comes together

  • What a beauty! N954PC prepares for its first engine run!
  • After Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers runs the Super Cub’s Lycoming O-320 engine for a few minutes, he shuts and down and brings it back inside for the crew to inspect the engine compartment for oil leaks.
  • AOPA’s Sweepstakes Super Cub thinks thin and prepares for being weighed.
  • Bake Air Service prepares to get the Super Cub’s empty weight.
  • The aircraft has to be in level flying configuration to get the accurate weight. Each scale delivers an individual weight that is then added to get the total empty weight.
  • Bake Air Service’s Darin and Roger Meggers and others have put about 2,500 hours into the Super Cub’s restoration.
  • Installing the Super Cub’s door.
  • Detailing expert Don Buerkle and Baker Air Service’s Roger Meggers prepare to put on the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub’s unique tail art.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub’s unique tail art will soon be added to N954PC, thanks to detailing expert Don Buerkle.
  • AOPA’s classic logo adorns each of the rear windows on the Super Cub.
  • Aerotronics technician Isaac Horn applies the Super Cub decal with expert precision.
  • Baker Air Service’s Roger and Darin Meggers and Jon Anderson work on the Super Cub’s engine. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Instrument panel and wiring are in! Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • The Super Cub’s sleek fuselage shines in Lock Haven Yellow. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Pilot and passenger can keep their electronic devices charged thanks to True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • There’s logic in this madness of wires for the instrument panel and aircraft lights. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • As many as seven people were working on the Super Cub at one time, from working on the engine to installing the instrument panel to putting on the wings. Aerotronics joined Baker Air Service for a couple days of marathon work. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub is taking shape! Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Aerotronics technician Isaac Horn, who designed the panel, helps with the installation and tests the intercom volumne. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Garmin’s two G5s, aera 660, and J.P. Instruments EDM 900 shine all powered up in the Sweepstakes Super Cub’s instrument panel. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Airtex Interiors completes the Super Cub’s seats with leather from Perrone Aerospace. Photo courtesy of Airtex Interiors.
  • Baker Air Service’s Jon Anderson works on the Super Cub’s new Lycoming O-320 engine. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • Lining up the Super Cub’s signature lightning bolt. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • Just days before the Super Cub’s planned test flight, it’s all hands on deck at Baker Air Service. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • With the front cowling on, the new Lycoming O-320 160-horsepower engine pops, with the silver against the Lock Haven Yellow. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • The Super Cub’s tail art gives a nod to the aircraft’s backcountry prowess, with a bear cub, lake, and mountain scene. We’ll be giving the aircraft away with tundra tires, amphibious floats, and hydraulic skis. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.

Sweepstakes Super Cub’s panel comes together

  • Aerotronics' Technician Isaac Horn’s blank slate for what will become the Super Cub’s high-tech panel. Photo by Isaac Horn. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • TAerotronics' Technician Isaac Horn cuts the avionics panel to fit in the gear position indicator and switch for Wipaire’s Wipline 2100 amphibious floats. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Before cutting the actual instrument panel, Aerotronics of Billings, Montana, checks the fit with the Super Cub’s instruments on a plastic template. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics and Baker Air Service.
  • Cutting the panel. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Panel is cut and ready for instruments! Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Left side panel markings for the throttle and water rudder control. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Left wing root panel with digital clock from Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and USB charging ports from True Blue Pwer, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Rendering of the Sweepstakes Super Cub instrument panel. Image by Isaac Horn.

Sweepstakes Super Cub components get prepped and painted

  • The AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub’s Lycoming O-320 160-horsepower engine arrives in Baker, Montana, to be fitted on the airframe. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Wings and control surfaces are covered using fabric and coatings from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Once all of the inner workings of the Super Cub are in the fuselage, it gets covered and painted. The Sweepstakes airplane will be the traditional Lock Haven yellow! Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers gets the Super Cub’s cabin together. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers is meticulous in his work restoring the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson works with Darin Meggers on the Super Cub’s restoration. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Wings and control surfaces are covered using fabric and coatings from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers works on covering the Super Cub’s left wing. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service duo, father-son Roger and Darin Meggers cover a wing with polyester fabric from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers preps the wing for covering. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Control surfaces are covered with fabric from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson fits the aileron false spars.
  • The Super Cub’s tail surfaces have been repainted and are ready for covering.
  • Up close: A flap hanger and other parts get covered with polyurethane paint so they are protected from the elements.
  • Small wing parts and braces are all primed and ready to install.
  • Aileron flap hinges and small wing parts that have been inspected, primed, and painted.
  • Wipaire’s 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit installed on the Super Cub’s wing.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers works on the Wipaire 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers modifies one of the wing ribs for the Wipaire 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson installs Wipaire’s 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit on the wings.
  • Looking down on the Super Cub’s wing spars, fuselage, and ribs that have been painted and prepped.
  • Nose ribs that go in between the main ribs are painted and laid out in the foreground, with the wing ribs, fuselage, and wing spars set up in the background at Baker Air Service.
  • The wing ribs are painted yellow and then laid out in the main bay at Baker Air Service for installation.
  • After being acid washed, the Super Cub’s wing ribs are ready for paint.
  • The AOPA Super Cub Sweepstake’s fuselage with the titanium firewall from F. Atlee Dodge installed.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub’s parts are loaded on the trailer for the trek from Univair in Colorado to Baker Air Service in Montana.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers has had the “CUB BLDR” license plate on his pickup for about 10 years.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers with Univair Owner and President Jim Dyer at the Univair facility in Colorado.
  • Univair Sales Representative Bill Little.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers boxes up the Super Cub’s wing flaps for safe transport from Colorado to Baker, Montana.

Sweepstakes Super Cub's humble beginning

  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger (R) and Darin (L) Meggers. Shown is the original damaged spinner and propeller.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown are the damaged landing lights.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is a photograph of the Cub before the accident, along with log books.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the log book for the aircraft before the accident.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the owner's manual for weight and balance.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA