New "Win Me" Husky Arrives In Orlando For NBAA
EAA's Win Me Husky on the Lebanon ramp beside Aluminum Overcast.
N47EA arrives at Orlando for NBAA.
Doug Conciatu taxis out from EAA's Weeks Hangar Friday morning.
October 9, 2006 — EAA's grand prize 2007 Aviat Husky for next year's EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes arrived in Orlando, Florida, late Saturday afternoon for its appearance at next week's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention. "Win Me-2007" will be the centerpiece of EAA's NBAA exhibit during the October 17-19 event.
"The plane flies wonderfully, and most of the flight was hands-off," remarked pilot Doug Conciatu after his two-day, 1,100-mile flight. By noon Monday the airplane was in staging position for that night's midnight caravan of display aircraft through about 10 miles of tree-lined streets to the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center>
"Take-off performance was stellar," Conciatu said. "Two notches of flap, medium performance, got me off the ground within two-to-three hundred feet."
Conciatu had opportunities to experience several take-offs and landings en route; he departed at 8:40 a.m. from Oshkosh Friday and flew non-stop to his first destination, Frasca Field in Champaign, Illinois. "Tom Frasca greeted me with a wonderful reception," he said.
He then flew to Lebanon, Tennessee, where he stayed overnight. Not only was that a natural stopover point, but Conciatu also had an opportunity to meet up with several EAAers at the airport who were in town for EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast's tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 863 and EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 1.>
On Saturday, Conciatu flew to LaGrange, Georgia ("another wonderful reception with lots of compliments about the airplane") before arriving at the final destination, the Signature Flight Service ramp at Orlando International. EAA's Husky was slated to be the final aircraft in the "conga line" during Monday night's procession of aircraft from the airport to the convention center.
The airplane, donated by Aviat Aircraft Inc. is a true backcountry dream machine, with a 180-horsepower Lycoming engine and Hartzell constant-speed propeller. The airplane is mounted on Alaskan Bushwheels 31-inch tundra tires, making it perfect for landing on nearly any surface. Along with AmSafe airbag shoulder harness restraints and Oregon Aero's comfortable seat cushion system, the aircraft also includes a Garmin GPS, transponder and communications avionics, plus XM music and weather radio.
All features and modifications to the Husky were donated by the companies, making this a true aviation industry-supported sweepstakes. Other donated prizes for the 2007 sweepstakes include a John Deere tractor, Bose Wave radio, Canon digital camera, and Honda ST1300 motorcycle.
Entry coupons will be available at the EAA display at NBAA, located at exhibit #971. They'll also be bundled in November issues of Sport Aviation mailed to U.S. subscribers, and sent via mail to EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine subscribers and other U.S. members.