Roy Wilbanks knows exactly what it's like to be among the lucky. And he's reminded of it every time he goes anywhere with his special airplane.
Wilbanks was the winner of the 2004 AOPA Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes. He dubbed the 1965 Piper Twin Comanche The American Dream. But was it really just a dream? He checks the hangar every once in a while to make sure.
Last week Wilbanks was in Thomasville, Georgia, and a pilot came up to him and asked, "Did you really win that airplane? I didn't think they actually gave them away."
Wilbanks explained that he was living proof that AOPA has been giving away refurbished airplanes for more than a decade. The pilot is now an AOPA member.
Wilbanks knows how much an airplane can change your life and happily extends his congratulations to the 2006 winner, Rocky S. Lee. In the past two years, Wilbanks has earned his commercial pilot certificate and multiengine rating and has put 260 hours on the airplane. He's been to Disney World, too.
It can happen to you. Anyone who joins or renews membership in AOPA during 2007 is automatically entered in AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes.
February 15, 2007