While the Commander Countdown is reassembled after its paint job, AOPA Pilot photographer Mike Fizer powered up the panel to take this impressive shot. The Chelton FlightLogic displays clearly depict the terrain around Wickenburg, Arizona, where Master Aircraft Painters is located. The FlightLogic displays along with the Ryan TCAD, Garmin avionics, PS Engineering entertainment system, the JP Instrument engine analyzer, and other components, show just how far this 1974 Commander 112A has come in only about four months. Look for it at Sun 'n Fun starting Tuesday next to the big yellow AOPA tent.
While we didn't expect huge crowds at every stop, we gave you a chance to look at your sweepstakes Commander as it winged its way to Sun 'n Fun. You could follow the progress of N112WN live right here on AOPA Online (courtesy of Flight Explorer).
We laid out the flight plan for the 1,702-nm cross-country flight from Wickenburg, Arizona, to Lakeland, Florida, using AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner powered by Jeppesen.
AOPA Pilot Associate Editor Steven W. Ells and Chelton Flight Systems Chief Pilot Nick Cain departed Wickenburg Saturday morning.
The first leg was a short two-hour hop before stopping in El Paso, Texas, for lunch. The flight continued on for three hours before stopping in Abilene, Texas.
While the crew was resting, the staff at Abilene Aero changed the oil and oil filter and gave the airplane a good inspection. The flight continued to Alexandria, Louisiana, where the crew spent the night. Because the weather was good, the crew got up early enough, and the airplane continued to run well, the run east to Lakeland was wrapped up on Sunday.
Update: April 10, 2005