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Precontact
02-07-2010, 04:31 PM
And I was holding out for this one!

Cirrus-size surprise for member on Super Bowl Sunday

Little did AOPA member Michael Graves know that taking time out of his Super Bowl party preparations to help a coworker would land him with the surprise of a lifetime: AOPA’s 2010 Sweepstakes Let’s Go Flying Cirrus SR22.

“Unbelievable! Awesome,” the 55-year-old Grass Valley, Calif., resident exclaimed while his wife LaDona, 13-year-old daughter Ariel, and friends who had gathered nearby screamed with excitement.

Graves, a FedEx captain who flies Airbus A300s primarily within Europe, lives at Alta Sierra, a residential airpark in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento. His coworker, Jimmy Rollison, had asked to look at some house sites on the airpark before the big game. Unbeknownst to Graves, Rollison was in on AOPA’s plan to surprise him with the Cirrus.

To Graves’ delight, Rollison flew in to the airpark in the “Sky King” Songbird III Cessna 310, ostensibly for a photo shoot of the famed airplane at the tiny field. Graves sounded like “Chatty Kathy” as the two talked about the twin, according to his wife.

That alone would have made Graves’ day. But AOPA President Craig Fuller and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman soon followed the Songbird III, landing in the Let’s Go Flying Cirrus. After the SR22 arrived, Graves marshaled it in himself, thinking it was the chase plane for the Songbird III. When Fuller got out of the Cirrus, Graves said, “You look so familiar.” But, even after Fuller introduced himself, Graves was still clueless.

“I heard you were doing some filming out here today,” Fuller said, continuing with the ruse. He told Graves that he had wanted to stop by to watch some of the filming and had two gifts for him. The first was an AOPA Challenge Coin representing the association’s recent seventieth anniversary. Then, Fuller proceeded to explain to Graves that AOPA gives away a sweepstakes airplane every year, to which Graves immediately responded that he read all about the airplanes in the magazine. (Yes, he was still clueless.)

“The second thing I want to give you is the key to the airplane,” Fuller said. “You’re the winner!”

“This just takes the cake!” Graves said later, still in shock.

A longtime AOPA member, Graves had signed up for automatic AOPA membership renewals, which rewarded him handsomely.

“You signed up for Automatic Annual Renewal, and that got you a bunch of extra entries,” explained Hirschman. The winning sweepstakes entry turned out to be one of the bonus entries that Graves received by signing up for automatic renewals.

“This is unreal,” Graves said. “I’m blown away.”

Graves’ passion for flying spans the aviation gamut. While he flies A300s for a living, he owns a Cessna 180 and sometimes uses it to commute to work at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, a flight of less than one hour from his rural home. The airlines and general aviation have had some sharp disagreements in recent years over issues such as user fees, but pilots like Graves bridge the gap between what sometimes seem like two different aviation worlds.
First flight
Shortly after the reveal, Graves and Hirschman flew the Cirrus SR22 out of the 50-foot-wide strip for that magical first flight. Read more >>
‘Sky King’s’ Songbird III leads scheme
In an effort to explain away the presence of a video crew that arrived at the airstrip to record the giveaway, Rollison decided to fly to Alta Sierra in a well-known and beloved airplane—the Songbird III Cessna 310 from the 1950s "Sky King" TV show. Read more >>
A flying billboard
Philanthropist and veteran pilot Lloyd Huck donated the Let's Go Flying SR22, asking that AOPA use the airplane to build interest in aviation's exciting possibilities and expand the U.S. pilot population. Read more >>
There’s always another chance
Don’t lose heart. AOPA’s 2010 sweepstakes is under way, and that means you have one or more chances to win our 2010 Fun to Fly Remos GX.

We’re bringing you the best of the light sport aircraft segment in our newest sweepstakes offering. The Remos GX will give the winner loads of fun in a smartly designed and efficient package. Think 100 horsepower, four to six gallons’ hourly fuel burn, and a useful load that can handle two adults and 40 pounds of baggage. Now add in up-to-date options such as leather seats, a glass panel, and a Garmin 496, and you have an economical machine that will take you places in style.

AOPA members are automatically entered in the Fun to Fly Sweepstakes. Get an extra five entries by enrolling in AOPA’s Automatic Annual Renewal program; enroll in AOPA’s Legal Services Plan or the Medical Services Program and get an additional entry. For complete sweepstakes rules, see AOPA Online. Look for blog updates and appearances of the Fun to Fly Remos on AOPA Online.

AOPA will give away the Remos GX during AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 in Long Beach, Calif.


frozenboxhauler
02-07-2010, 06:44 PM
If he's a friend of Jimmy, he's got to be a good guy.

Deuce130
02-07-2010, 07:39 PM
LOL...in other news, Bill Gates wins the powerball!


Burgenflyer
02-07-2010, 08:35 PM
Funny! I was thinking the same thing.

boost
02-07-2010, 08:55 PM
I think it's great and congratulations!!! Someone with a real love of aviation winning an airplane. Heck it could have been won by some lawyer or something! ;)

SpoolDaddy
02-07-2010, 10:39 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Captain Graves when I js'd on his aircraft last month. What an absolute class act! Congratulations, SD

Jetjok
02-08-2010, 03:04 AM
LOL...in other news, Bill Gates wins the powerball!

Funny! I was thinking the same thing.

You two are really something. Life must really suck to be you.

Conversely, congratulations to Michael Graves. Enjoy your new toy.

JJ

Bitme
02-08-2010, 04:14 AM
Congratulations to MG. Must have been neat for Dave Hirschman to be involved with giving away a bird to a FedEx guy. Dave use to be the business editor here in Memphis and still has close ties with many of us. Use to fly his aerobatic out at Val and Jim's.

I for one am glad that if I didn't win it one of us did, especially an ambassador for flying like MG because that was why the plane was donated for the sweepstakes in the first place. Sometimes there is karma in the world. :)

Phil1111
02-08-2010, 04:45 AM
You two are really something. Life must really suck to be you.

Conversely, congratulations to Michael Graves. Enjoy your new toy.

JJ

Agreed, Congratulations!

Burgenflyer
02-08-2010, 07:17 AM
I thought it was a great story as well! Didn't mean to ruffle your feathers JetJok. Who wouldn't love to win that plane! Congrats.

Deuce130
02-08-2010, 07:53 AM
You two are really something. Life must really suck to be you.

Conversely, congratulations to Michael Graves. Enjoy your new toy.

JJ

Sorry you didn't see the humor or irony in it. Didn't notice the "LOL" in the post? I guess I should've used a smiley face for you. There was no slam there, JJ, not digging on anyone. Perhaps you're just too used to seeing them (or giving them out yourself), you jumped to the wrong conclusion. Nice thread hijack,though. And my life is going just fine, thanks.

ANCFRTDG
02-08-2010, 08:10 AM
Finally some good news here! Congradulations to MG on winning the airplane!

AirbusA320
02-08-2010, 08:21 AM
What's the IRS tax bill going to be on it?

AKASHA
02-08-2010, 08:26 AM
What's the IRS tax bill going to be on it?

I think it gets taxed as cash in the way lottery income is taxed.. about 1/3. If thats the case (and I'm not certain but I'm taking a stab at it)... if the 2010 Cirrus 22 has a base price of say $550,000, then tax would be perhaps around 175K.

Sound about right to anyone?

AKASHA
02-08-2010, 08:39 AM
After some quick research...

"High-value prizes are a real charge to win, but remember that you're going to be paying sweepstakes taxes (http://contests.about.com/od/taxesfinances/ht/sweepstakestax.htm) on your prizes - and sometimes, it's just not worth it. Remember that the rule of thumb is that you'll be paying about 1/3 of the prize value in taxes (your individual tax situation will determine the exact amount. Speak with a tax consultant for a more exact number). So if you win, say, a $90,000 vacation, you can expect to pay somewhere around $30,000 in taxes next year."

http://contests.about.com/od/sweepstakes101/tp/reasonsnottoentersweepstakes.htm

Anyway... still heck of a deal to get a half-million dollar airplane for a third the price.

Jetjok
02-08-2010, 08:58 AM
Burgenflyer,

If your comment was not meant in an off-handed way, I apologize. I took both Deuce130's comment about Bill Gates winning the power ball lottery, and your immediate reply (to his comment) as comments made in very poor taste. Again, if it wasn't meant that way, or I misinterpreted it, I'm sorry. Same applies to you Deuce. I would have thought just a nice "Congratulations Mike" would have done it.

JJ

Magenta Line
02-08-2010, 09:04 AM
After some quick research...

"High-value prizes are a real charge to win, but remember that you're going to be paying sweepstakes taxes (http://contests.about.com/od/taxesfinances/ht/sweepstakestax.htm) on your prizes - and sometimes, it's just not worth it. Remember that the rule of thumb is that you'll be paying about 1/3 of the prize value in taxes (your individual tax situation will determine the exact amount. Speak with a tax consultant for a more exact number). So if you win, say, a $90,000 vacation, you can expect to pay somewhere around $30,000 in taxes next year."

5 Reasons Not to Enter Sweepstakes - Think Twice Before Entering Blindly (http://contests.about.com/od/sweepstakes101/tp/reasonsnottoentersweepstakes.htm)

Anyway... still heck of a deal to get a half-million dollar airplane for a third the price.

Yep! My sister always wants to win the HGTV Dream Home each year until I remind her of the tax implications on winning a "sweepstakes" $1-2 mil house. If you look up the past winners of those McMansions you'll find most of the winners never take possession.

At least it sounds like our fellow Capt will take the airplane and enjoy it. Good for him!

Ottopilot
02-08-2010, 09:11 AM
I never thought of the huge tax. I could never afford a free airplane. I'm glad it went to someone who can afford it. Maybe I'll win a used 1970 C150 someday!

Jetjok
02-08-2010, 10:55 AM
That's why a lot of folks who have windfall gains, like this aircraft, end up selling them, to pay the tax.

JJ

MacMan
02-08-2010, 11:22 AM
I remember Dave Hirschman as the guy who wrote Hijacked, the story of Fedex 705. It was, of course, a compelling story and well written. Anyone who hasn't read it, should.

727C47
02-08-2010, 11:49 AM
if i was blessed enough to win the cirrus i'd sell it and buy a Champ !

FedupFlex
02-09-2010, 05:25 AM
I remember Dave Hirschman as the guy who wrote Hijacked, the story of Fedex 705. It was, of course, a compelling story and well written. Anyone who hasn't read it, should.

I spoke with Dave Hirschman frequently when he was living in MEM and a reporter for the Commercial Appeal. He covered the story of us unionizing and negotiating under ALPA 1, and he got grief for appearing "anti-FedEx" by trying to present an unbiased view of the situation. Glad he's now an editer for AOPA Pilot.

I don't know Mike Graves, but congratulations to him. Jimmy Rollison is a true gentleman.

CrimsonEclipse
02-09-2010, 06:53 AM
LOL...in other news, Bill Gates wins the powerball!


Pretty much this :rolleyes: