I regularly say this website follows aircraft you can afford. Whenever I write that word, I know someone will object saying that (fill-in-the-price) is too expensive. I get that. We all have a different budget and our budget can change quickly.
How about if the aircraft was essentially free? And what if you could choose between two highly-desirable models? What if the only cost to get your “lottery” ticket was to subscribe to a popular magazine?
Gee, fellow flying fans — I’d say that sounded like the bargain of 2023. It’s the most lucrative giveaway that has been unveiled in the LSA space since it began almost 20 years ago.
When I was a young pilot — quite a long time ago — one of the first aviation magazines I ever read was Flying. You could buy it on any newsstand. With a 96-year history, anyone getting involved in flying ended up reading Flying magazine.
A couple years ago, the magazine — long headquartered in New York — relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. A new organization took it over under the banner of Flying Media. After this major move, Flying first went to quarterly while it boosted its presence online. After a year getting the electronic side running at full speed, Flying Media returned the print magazine to monthly even while keeping its thick, premium look and feel. The pages are smartly designed and full of great images and content.
LSA enthusiasts may be particularly interested to hear the top man in the organization is an LSA pilot and enthusiast. The leading magazine will keep a focus on jets and other high-end aircraft, but they have a fond view of lighter aviation and have plans to expand such coverage. They say you’ll hear more about this at Sun ‘n Fun.
Sign Up to Win
“Flying is giving one lucky winner their very own aircraft,” the magazine offered. “Plus, we’re including $30,000 cash to help cover the seaplane rating (if necessary), training, and insurance.”
Those who are an active subscriber of Flying Magazine between the dates of January 1st, 2023 and March 31st, 2024 will automatically receive one (1) Initial Entry into the Sweepstakes drawings.”
How does that deal sound? You buy a subscription for $40 — which you should get anyway — and you are automatically entered in the prize drawing for an aircraft worth $200,000 or more. If you give a friend a gift subscription, you get an additional entry, and you can give up to 10 gifts. Somebody is going to win and the odds are fantastically better than any state lottery. You won’t be competing against millions of others. In my mind, winning a free airplane sounds like a great way to start a new year! Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a beautiful aviation magazine each month.
Click or tap here to enter.
Flying magazine prize organizers said the winner can choose between the two aircraft. “Tecnam Astore is a great two-seat LSA featuring a Rotax 914 turbocharge engine, leather interior, and an all-glass cockpit.” I have reported on Astore previously.
“Built for adventure, Icon A5 has a mission profile focused on recreational flying,” said Flying. “This aircraft has great ramp appeal, and can be landed on oceans or lakes across the country.” I have often reported on A5.
See Flying and A50 Junior
at Sun ‘n Fun 2023
Readers of this page who attend Sun ‘n Fun probably always visit Paradise City, previously known as the Ultralight Area or more recently “Light Plane.” This year, attendees will see changes overall at Sun ‘n Fun and also in Paradise City.
This year our favorite recreational flying area of the Lakeland show is sponsored by two leading names in aviation. Flying magazine is a sponsor of Paradise as is Junkers Aircraft.
You know the magazine but Junkers, though the brand may sound familiar, seems to recall an earlier time. Indeed, the storied German name has been around nearly a century, since the early days of aviation. Now… they’re back and they are coming to America!
Welcome to Junkers and their American importer and partner, Waco Aircraft, of deluxe biplane fame. Waco will supply Junkers models from Battle Creek, Michigan, where Waco aircraft are built.
In addition to sponsoring Paradise City, Junkers will exhibit at Sun ‘n Fun 2023 in a central location in the Light Plane space. Here attendees can examine their A50 Junior. I predict strong interest as my earlier article on the model lit up cyberspace as one of our most-read articles in all of 2022.
Quick Glance at A50 Junior — Original took its maiden flight 94 years ago, in February 1929. Now, newly reimagined. LSA with modern safety and technology, mixed with 1930s art-deco style. Corrugated aluminum skin stays true to the original. Garmin G3X 10-inch display. Galaxy ballistic airframe parachute system. Classic spoke wheels; Beringer brakes. In honor of the 1929 design, the company plans special pricing for its first 29 aircraft sold. To learn availability, contact Waco Aircraft.
C’mon down to Sun ‘n Fun and see A50 Junior plus visit Flying and Junkers in Paradise City where you can also find the LSA Mall, hosted as always by LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, sponsored in 2023 by DeLand Airport and Aero Affinity.
I hope to see you in Lakeland!
- Tecnam Astore, content on this website
- Icon Aircraft, content on this website
- Flying Magazine Ultimate Giveaway, sweepstakes website
- Junkers Aircraft, U.S. website for Waco Aircraft (for contact info)
- Junkers Aircraft, manufacturer website page on A50 Junior (historical)
- Sun ‘n Fun 2023, event website
Paul Clark says
This new engine technology is out of Israel and it’s called Aquarius. It weighs only 22 pounds, horizontal axis, single piston, two spark plugs, very few moving parts, very efficient. It eliminates crankshaft, cam shaft, valves, lifters, etc. It runs on gas, hydrogen, vegetable oils, diesel, etc.
Just think of the application’s for less weight, less fuel, longer range, with this engine generating electrical power to an electrical motor & propeller.
You can Google AQUARIUS ENGINE. I saw it on CBN NEWS
Paul Clark says
Have you heard about and seen the 22 pound engine that was developed in Israel? It has a simple single piston that slides back and forth attached to an alternator on each end.
Unlike most engines that make mechanical power this one’s designed to generate electric current. Looks like this modern technology would open up electric powered airplanes. Increase EV cars range to double what it is now, etc.
Dan Johnson says
It sounds interesting, but no, I have not heard of that one. Got a link?
Odd that Flying Magazine appears to require a “Private Pilot License” minimum rating in order to collect one of these LSA aircraft; or so appears to be their wording in their FAQ area.
“Q: I am not a private pilot, but I would like to start, can I still win?
A: Yes, you can still win. This giveaway is open to prospective pilots as well! You have 1 year to collect your aircraft and a $30,000 cash prize to help pay for your training.” ~ https://www.flyingmag.com/giveaway/
The Tecnam is an LSA, but the ICON is not; if I remember correctly. That’s probly why they require a ‘private pilot’.
Dan Johnson says
Icon A5 is approved as a Special LSA. I can’t speak to the particular prize aircraft, but a factory one definitely meets the standard.
Both planes are LSA, but Flying is requiring PPL instead of SPL because of potential liability issues – or at least that’s what they told me when I asked. That’s disappointing and whatever liability issues they are concerned about could be mitigated with better rule drafting and contest requirements. So, yeah, a free LSA, but not for Sport Pilots.
Rich Hopkins says
Sadly, though, many of us who follow this page are ineligible to win:
“The Sweepstakes is open only to private pilots or prospective private pilots…”
Rich Hopkins says
Looks like reading further into the rules, there is an option of far lesser value for those of us who are either sport pilots or prospective sport pilots:
“If the Grand Prize Winner is unable to complete the flight training or cannot obtain the required insurance, Grand Prize Winner will be provided with the Option 3 Grand Prize.”
“Option 3: In lieu of an airplane, Grand Prize Winner may opt for $100,000 cash awarded in the
form of a check. The ARV of the Option 3 Grand Prize is $100,000.”