The " Millennium Mooney" is this year's grand prize in AOPA's annual sweepstakes, and attendees at the April 9-15 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In can see the genesis of AOPA's latest novel prize plane at the big Florida air show this month.
AOPA's Millennium Mooney will be on display at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tent near the FAA Center on the Sun 'n Fun grounds from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
This early in the year, the grand prize Mooney will be a work in progress. Still to come are the striking, "Harley-like" paint job and advanced avionics that will make this Mooney one of a kind.
To date, the 1987 Mooney 201 "Lean Machine" has been worked over by Top Gun Aviation of Stockton, California, and sports new LP Aeroplastics windows and one of LoPresti Speed Merchants' new Boom Beam landing light systems.
Next, the aircraft goes to Pacific Coast Avionics for a complete remake of the instrument panel and avoinics suite, soon to be one of the most advanced new panels of the year based around innovative UPS Aviation Technologies offerings.
Later, a Mattituck Red-Gold overhaul of the Mooney's Lycoming IO-360 will be enhanced with installation of Continental's new FADEC digital engine control system.
Details of the year-long remake will appear every other month in AOPA Pilot magazine. AOPA Pilot editors will be on hand at Sun 'n Fun to explain plans for transforming this favorite four-seat speedster into the hottest plane AOPA has ever given away.
Anyone who joins AOPA or renews their membership during calendar year 2000 is automatically entered in the AOPA Millennium Mooney 2000 Sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes grand prize winner (or spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father) must be certified as a student, recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot as of December 31, 2000. The winner (or relative, above) need not hold a current FAA medical.
The sweepstakes is open to U.S. and Canadian residents 21 years of age or older but is void in Quebec and Puerto Rico.
CFIs participating in the AOPA Flight Training Instructor Program, mentors in the AOPA Project Pilot Program, and participants in AOPA's Member-Get-A-Member Program can earn additional entries.
For full details, including alternate entry method, see contest rules in AOPA Pilot magazine, on AOPA Online, or write: AOPA's Millennium Mooney, P.O. Box 972, Frederick, MD 21701.
April 4, 2000