Sat, Dec 27, 2008
Will Sport Several Different Stripe Schemes Throughout
Following years of outdoing themselves refurbishing the likes of
a late-1970s Cessna Cardinal and, most recently, a
leather-and-glass panel-equipped PA28, the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association is taking something of a breather for its 2009
Sweepstakes aircraft... but that doesn't mean the group's latest
giveaway plane isn't one anybody wouldn't want in their hangar.
Next year, AOPA will raffle off a fully-loaded 2005 Cirrus
SR22-G2. The "Let's Go Flying" SR22 -- the name ties into the group's latest 'get out the vote'
effort to attract new pilots -- was donated to AOPA by
Lloyd Huck, a philanthropist and longtime member and AOPA Air
Safety Foundation donor who served as an Army Air Corps B-29 bomber
pilot during World War II.
AOPA describes the aircraft as "pristine," and needing no
refurbishment. In addition to standard features for the year
including the Avidyne Entegra avionics suite, leather interior and
Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, the "Let's Go Flying" SR22-G2
also includes the optional TKS anti-icing system intended to help
pilots safely exit inadvertant encounters with icing
Over the next year, the pilot advocacy organization will fly the
sweepstakes SR22 across North America, "to highlight the tremendous
utility of general aviation." And to combat the phenomenon regular
air show attendees may describe as 'Cirrus Glazeover' -- there's so
many of them, they all start looking kinda alike after a while --
the "Let's Go Flying" SR22 will sport a number of different
exterior stripe schemes throughout the year, thanks to the gang at
Air Graphics LLC in Madison, WI.
AOPA will provide more details, including official rules, after
the first of the year. The group plans to raffle off the current
2008 "Get Your Glass" Piper Archer II early in 2009.
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