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Sweepstakes Winner Says Flight Design MC Was 'Nice Surprise'

Sweepstakes winner
Sweepstakes winner Robert Vaughan accepts the keys to the Grand Prize Flight Design MC from Flight Design USA Representative John Hurst.

October 1, 2009 — Robert Vaughan, of Appomattox, Virginia, EAA 762472, was in Sebring, Florida, recently to pick up his brand new Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft, grand prize in the 2009 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.

“It was awesome!” Vaughan exclaimed, describing the experience of picking up his new aircraft. “It was like a dream come true, or like a dream.” Vaughan’s award could not have come at a better time; the economy prevented his attendance at both Sun ’n Fun and AirVenture this year.

Vaughan, a student pilot, started flight lessons eight years ago in a Piper Cherokee, accumulating a total of eight hours. The weather prevented him and his flight instructor from flying the airplane back to Virginia, but he did get a brief ride in his new bird.

The Flight Design MC was designed to provide more utility in the LSA category with a 51.6-inch wide cabin and easy-to-maintain modular construction. The Flight Design MC (Metal Concept) has a fuel-efficient Rotax 912S powerplant and a simple, low-maintenance airframe. Also included in the top prize package is a Chevron Alliance charge card with $10,000 aviation fuel credit and 50,000 points in Chevron’s FlyBuys rewards program.

Every year the EAA “Share the Spirit Sweepstakes” plays a vital role continuing the EAA mission. Funds raised by the sweepstakes support EAA programs that allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators.

“Thanks to EAA and Flight Design,” Vaughan said. “It’s an awesome plane, an awesome organization, and I just appreciate the opportunity and look forward to many years of fun flying.”

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