Bush Pilot

For sale: 2011 Alaska Airmen's Show raffle plane

It seems the 2011 winner of the Alaska Airmen's Association Trade Show raffle plane -- rebuilt to perfection by Dan's Aircraft Repair at Merrill Field -- is up for sale.

The winner, 63-year-old James Schoenmann of Jackman, Maine, says he is too tall to fit in the aircraft and favors his two Cessna 172M model aircraft.

"I am too lanky to get in and out of a Cub," said Schoenmann. "Besides, I would have to take out a second mortgage on my house to get it here (to Maine)."

Schoenmann won the aircraft with a ticket he purchased over the phone. This is the third year that he purchased a chance to win a raffle Cub at the Trade Show.

The 2011 Cub -- outfitted with Bushwheels, Landis Skis, and Wipline floats -- is for sale by the new owner and the Alaska Airmen's Association.

"We worked out the details, and we will take 6 percent of the sale. That will be used to go toward the building fund for our new headquarters construction," said Dee Hanson, executive director of the Alaska Airmen's Association.

Both the owner and the Airmen's are asking $197,000 for the aircraft, which was estimated to be worth $240,000, outfitted with an O-320 160 horsepower engine and just about every other modification that a pilot could ask for.

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Schoenmann thanks the Airmen's for the aircraft, but he needs to sell it to pay for repairs and maintenance on his Cessna 172 on floats that he recently purchased from Winterhaven, Fla.

Here are some more of the aircraft's specs and details:

-- Powered by a Lycoming 0-320 160hp Engine – “O” time, overhauled engine

-- 2000-pound gross weight increase

-- Wing span: 35.5 feet

-- Length: 22.5 feet
-- Height 7 feet
-- Fuel capacity: 36 gallons
-- Basic flight instruments
-- Radios: ICOM A210, Intercom, Transponder and Garmin 550GPS

-- Lighting: 2 HID landing/taxi lights, navigation light, 3 position strobes

-- Electrical: Lightweight starter, alternator, underseat battery, breakers/switches in panel

-- Landing gear: HD landing gear, 35-inch Alaskan Bushwheels and Alaskan Bushwheel tailwheel

-- Safety features: Front and rear inertia reel shoulder harness/seatbelts

-- Windows: All UV protective glass

For more information or to see the aircraft, contact the Alaska Airmen's Association at 907-245-1251 or email James Schoenmann at n8747(at)myfairpoint.net

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