AOPA President Mark Baker (left) shows FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (center) the AOPA Sweepstakes 172.

AOPA President Mark Baker (left) shows FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (center) the AOPA Sweepstakes 172.

…checking out your AOPA Sweepstakes 172 in progress at Yingling Aviation in Wichita.

Huerta was in town for a meeting at the Wichita Aero Club. He announced June 6 that the agency will give $500 to the first 20,000 owners of single-engine piston aircraft who equip for ADS-B under a rebate program to be launched in the fall. (You can read more details about that program here.)

AOPA President Mark Baker showed Huerta our sweepstakes airplane, a Cessna 172N that is undergoing a Yingling Ascend transformation. The airplane looks a little scruffy on the outside, because it isn’t painted. Appearances are deceiving, though. For example, the airplane already has:

  • new flight controls and cables
  • new brakes
  • new tires
  • a new 180-hp Lycoming engine to replace the original 160-hp engine (and you’ll be able to read about the STC from Air Plains in the August issue of AOPA Pilot)
  • new Sensenich propeller (but no spinner as yet–that’s being polished)

Those are just a few of the enhancements. I’ll be detailing more in the weeks to come, in this blog and in the pages of AOPA Pilot.

The AOPA Sweepstakes 172 will be on display at the AOPA tent at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn more about how you could win a Cessna 172 in the AOPA 172 Sweepstakes.