Above Alaska Aviation is refurbishing and modifying a Cessna 180 that promises to be a one of a kind performer. And it can be yours if you hold the winning raffle ticket in the Alaska Airmen’s Association’s 2020 Raffle.
The raffle plane is nearing completion at Above Alaska Aviation, based in Talkeetna, Alaska.
The 1955 Cessna 180 is being outfitted with modifications designed to improve lift and thrust, while retaining full FAA certification. Extended wings, leading edge cuffs, and vortex generators will provide maximum slow flight lift, while a 300+hp O-520 engine turns the only 86” 3 bladed prop to be certified on a Cessna 180.
A litany of modifications are being installed to modernize a relic work horse of yesteryear, including a full glass instrument panel, LED lighting throughout, extended baggage, titanium landing gear, electronic ignition, and so much more.
Every year the Alaska Airmen’s Association raffles off a new or refurbished aircraft to one lucky winner as the primary means of financing its aviation advocacy mission. This year’s raffle plane was scheduled to be awarded at the now-canceled 2020 Alaska Airmen’s Association’s Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering. However, the Alaska Airmen will be livestreaming the raffle on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 3, starting around 3:45 p.m. Alaska Time.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase by calling the Alaska Airmen’s office at 907-245-1251. Ticket prices are $60 each or $275 for five.
Multiple sponsors have donated generously to the build of this aircraft. A live webpage has been set up to watch the progress of the refurbishment at www.abovealaska.com/2020-cessna-180-raffle-plane. Regular updates also are being posted on Facebook.
Established in 1951, the Alaska Airmen’s Association is the largest state general aviation group in Alaska. It is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 whose goal is to promote aviation, enhance safety, and support initiatives that benefit pilots and our growing aviation community.