Pilots attending the grand opening of the AOPA Pilot Facility at First Flight Airfield (FFA) in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., this Saturday will have a golden opportunity to check out the Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft.
The beautifully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 radial-engine biplane will be making only its second public appearance since the project was completed. The $250,000 aircraft is the grand prize in AOPA's two-year Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes.
Pilots will need to land at nearby Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) in Manteo, N.C. There is no parking available at FFA on Saturday. However, AOPA has arranged free shuttle bus service for the 20-minute ride between MQI and FFA. Buses will begin running at 7 a.m.
Grand opening ceremonies for the Pilot Facility begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a free hot-dog lunch, informal tours of the facility, and guided tours of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, just up the hill from the new building, by National Park Service rangers.
Inside the new center, pilots will see a new, state-of-the-art flight planning facility, including Meteorlogix' MxVision AviationSentry computerized weather briefing system and a second computer with Jeppesen's FliteStar flight planning software and an Internet connection to AOPA Online.
Everyone who attends will receive a memento of the occasion and will be eligible to win a leather Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes bomber jacket.
The Centennial of Flight Waco will be awarded in a random drawing to be held shortly after the New Year. Anyone who has joined AOPA or renewed membership during the two-year sweepstakes period is automatically entered. For complete rules, visit the Web site.