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Static display at AOPA Expo 2003 in Philadelphia will be pilots' Field of DreamsStatic display at AOPA Expo 2003 in Philadelphia will be pilots' Field of Dreams

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Static display at AOPA Expo 2002

AOPA Expo 2003 has everything an aviation enthusiast could ask for. A huge exhibition hall crammed with the latest technologies. Seminars on everything from safety and medical issues to aircraft ownership to aviation humor. A chance to see and hear from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey in person.

But let's face it. In their heart of hearts, it's the planes pilots really want to see.

Over 60 aircraft, ranging from two-seat trainers to cabin-class business aircraft, will be on display at Atlantic, the general aviation FBO at Philadelphia International Airport. There will be free shuttle service between the exhibition hall and Atlantic.

The star of the static display will be the grand prize in AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes, a beautifully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 open-cockpit biplane, valued at over $250,000. Every AOPA member who joins or renews membership during the two-year sweepstakes period (which ends this December) is eligible to win, so Expo will be an excellent opportunity for members to get an up-close look at "their" new plane.

Adam, American Champion, Aviat, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Lancair, LanShe (builder of Micco and Lake aircraft), Luscombe, Mooney, OMF, Pilatus, Piper, Socata, Tiger, Twin Commander, and Vulcanair will all have production aircraft on display. Beech/Raytheon is expected but not yet confirmed. In addition, Lancair will have some of its kitbuilt aircraft on display, as will Velocity.

A number of manufacturers that specialize in aircraft modifications, such as turbine or diesel conversions, will have aircraft on display.

"The number and variety of aircraft that will be at AOPA Expo 2003 is enough to make a pilot's head swim and mouth water," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Even if you can only dream of owning your own aircraft right now, this is the stuff those dreams are made of."

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