Sporty's Gives Away G1000 Skyhawk

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More than 200 people met Jeff Hux at the airport when he came home to Missouri with a brand new G1000-equipped Cessna Skyhawk courtesy of Hal Shevers' Sporty's Sweepstakes. Sporty's has given away at least one new aircraft every year since 1986 and this year's winner received training from a Cessna Flight Industry Training Standards certified instructor, Sporty's own Charlie Masters. (Sporty's isn't just a pilot shop, it also conducts flight training, performs aircraft maintenance, operates an avionics shop and sells new Cessna aircraft.) With training under the pilot's belt, Sporty's then put some hot dogs behind it with a celebratory customer lunch at the company's weekly fly-in, with AOPA's Phil Boyer among those in attendance. Sporty's next sweepstakes winner will be selected in a May 16, 2009, drawing, and will win another brand-new Cessna Skyhawk ... that one will have Garmin's Synthetic Vision.