AOPA selected this 1953 Cessna 170B as the 2023 sweepstakes aircraft to showcase how select modifications can drastically expand a commonplace taildragger’s mission.
Although the airplane is far from a backcountry beast in its stock condition, the 170 is already eagerly awaiting its first backcountry adventure thanks to a new Continental Prime IO-370 195-hp engine, Stene Aviation Sportsman STOL wing cuffs, 26-inch Alaskan Bushwheel tires, and more.
But before the 170 is ready to criss cross the country in search of grass strips and mountaintop destinations, the airplane will be outfitted with brand new avionics, a lightweight, rugged interior, and an eye-catching backcountry paint scheme.
The latest Sweeps upgrades can be found by checking in down below and on our social channels.
Members and non-members can both access the official rules for links to download alternate entry forms which may be used in lieu of any of the above automatic methods to receive the maximum number of six total entries according to the details in the official rules.
IO-370 Prime engine
Aviation oxygen system
Alaskan Bushwheel tires
Electronic Flight Display
Engine and propeller installation
Retractable Pull Handle
Paracord handles and guidance
Avionics and panel install
Engine Indication System (EIS), navigator/com
Constant speed propeller
Folding jump seats
C-170 airframe parts
GI 275 EIS quick kit wiring harness
Technical paint mock ups and guidance
SiriusXM weather and entertainment
STOL wing cuff
Engine and propeller STC