AOPA President Phil Boyer (right) introduces Norman Elliott to his new aircraft, the AOPA 2001 Sweepstakes Bonanza.
AOPA's 2001 Sweepstakes Bonanza winner Norman Elliott, with his wife Joyce next to him, grins from the cockpit of his new aircraft. The 1966 V35 Beechcraft Bonanaza has been completely renovated and updated and is valued at about $300,000.
AOPA President Phil Boyer (center) presents Norman Elliott and his wife Joyce with keys to the gleaming red and white 2001 Sweepstakes Bonanza.
The AOPA 2001 Sweepstakes Bonanza, shown here in flight, is the most technologically advanced aircraft ever given away by the association. With about $300,000 in upgrades, the long-range, "glass" cockpit-equipped Bonanza is among the most high-technology single-engine aircraft around.
M INERAL W ELLS, Texas—AOPA 2001 Membership Sweepstakes aircraft winner Norman Elliott and his wife Joyce were flown to Mineral Wells, Texas, today to be introduced to their prize, the most technologically advanced aircraft ever awarded by the Association.
In a noon ceremony at the Meggitt Avionics/S-TEC hangar, AOPA President Phil Boyer presented the Elliotts with symbolic keys to their new airplane, a 1966 V35 Beechcraft Bonanza that AOPA totally refurbished and equipped with advanced avionics. Delays in FAA certification of the cutting-edge avionics prevented immediate delivery of the aircraft.
"But soon, when Norm and Joyce can park this beautiful Bonanza at their home airport in Los Alamos, New Mexico, it will have the most modern, fully certified avionics available for a GA aircraft of this type," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
The 50-year-old Elliott has about 1,500 hours and owns a 20-year-old Mooney M20. He works as a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico.