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Airmen’s Association Raffle Plane On-track for May 4 Raffle

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Another Alaska Airmen’s Association Piper Super Cub refurbishing project is well underway at the Merrill Field Hangar of Dan’s Aircraft Repair.

This year’s PA-18 (N44RT) will be another astonishing aircraft that while being refurbished, will be far better than any Cub that came from the Piper factory when it was manufacturing the well-known aircraft. The White with Black and Gold specially painted Super Cub could be yours for a $50 raffle ticket and $225 for a group of five chances.

This raffle is so popular that manufacturers donate their parts and pieces to support the raffle on an aircraft that will prove the quality and innovation of today’s bush Cub.

To prove this, Sky-Tec just donated a starter for the Lycoming O-320 powerplant of this Cub project, according to refurbishing guru Dan Hollingsworth, owner of Dan’s Aircraft Repair.

“This is the 122 NL Starter that is so powerful that it spins fast enough you can almost water taxi with it,” said Hollingsworth.” This flyweight starter is the best and easiest fit for the O-320 and O-360 engines.”

Despite tight budgets and economic waves of uncertainty raffling an aircraft at the 17th Annual Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering (previously known as the Alaska Airmen’s Association Tradeshow and Conference) is part of the fabric of the association, to promote general aviation in Alaska, and is also a fundraiser for the 2400 members of the association.

The better than new Super Cub will feature a 160 Horsepower Lycoming engine with ECI Cylinders by Custom Aircraft Inc., Atlee Dodge modifications like landing gear, tail fins, extended flaps, and will be fitted with 36 inch Alaskan Bushwheels and a baby Bushwheel tail wheel, a Wipaire 2000lb gross weight kit, with seats provided by Fineline Interiors, and seat belts and shoulder harnesses from AMSAFE.

The fuselage by Univair will be powder coated by Advanced Powder Coating of Willow, Alaska with the avionics and instrument panel design and cutting by Northern Lights Avionics. A gascolator is being provided by Steve’s Aircraft with hardware like the nuts and bolts being provided by Reeve Airmotive, Inc. The raffle Cub will be covered with fabric provided by Consolidated Aircraft Parts and Coatings that includes the fabric, tape and paint, the navigation and landing lights will be donated by Aviall, with new micro VG Kit from Micro Aero Dynamics, Inc. added to the wings.

Dan’s Aircraft Repair is busy rebuilding this and other aircraft so to purchase tickets contact the Alaska Airmen’s Association at (907) 245-1251 for more information about the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering go to: http://greatalaskaaviationgathering.org/

For more aircraft details see: http://greatalaskaaviationgathering.org/resources/2014-Aircraft-Specifications-donation-list.pdf

Rob Stapleton can be reached at: robstapleton(at)alaska.net

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