Tom Haines

Go ahead: Make my day!

June 18, 2008 by Thomas B. Haines, Editor in Chief

Confession time: AOPA Sweepstakes projects can be a real pain. And a real joy.

Over the last 15 years I have been involved in the dozen aircraft fix-up projects plus the two new Cessnas back in the 1990s and the current Get Your Glass Archer project. They’re more difficult, more time consuming, and more logistically challenging than anyone who hasn’t been involved in one can imagine.

But every once in a while there’s a moment that makes it all worthwhile. One of those came over the weekend when I received an email with pictures of Bruce Chase of Longview, Texas, flying the Catch A Cardinal that he won back in January. You may recall from our story in the March issue of AOPA Pilot that we razzed him a bit about not smiling when he got the news that he won (watch the video). Now he’s smiling.

Thanks for sending the photo, Bruce. You made my day! Enjoy the Cardinal.

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