The AOPA Sweepstakes 172 will get a new paint job after spending the week in Oshkosh. Photo by Jim Moore.

The AOPA Sweepstakes 172 will get a new paint job after spending the week in Oshkosh. Photo by Jim Moore.

And boy, is it getting some attention!

From the outside, the 1978-vintage paint job and the mismatched doors are causing a lot of people to do double-takes. Once they come up to the airplane, I invite them to take a look at the gorgeous panel.

The avionics suite is all Garmin, all the time, with a GTN 650 taking center stage on the stack. But the standout is the G5 electronic flight instrument, which now resides where the attitude indicator once sat. We’ve got the first G5 approved for installation since Garmin announced on July 24 that it had received an STC to install the instrument in certified aircraft. You can read more about it in the September 2016 issue of AOPA Pilot. 

AOPA’s Yingling Ascend 172 is also on display so that folks can get a kind of before-and-after look at these remanufactured aircraft. Yingling Aviation brought a third Ascend 172 to AirVenture, and it is on display in  front of the Garmin exhibit,

If you’re at the show, stop by and check out the Sweepstakes 172 for yourself.