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The AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170

The AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170

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.

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Upgrade Progress Gallery

  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    The 170 sits engineless prior to installation of the Continental Prime IO-370 engine at the Barnstormer’s Workshop in Georgia. 26-inch Alaskan Bushwheels were placed next to the preexisting tires to provide a sneak peek of what the finished product might look like
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Dave Stoots and the team at Barnstormer’s Workshop hung the Continental Prime IO-370, 195-hp engine in record time.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Shortly after the engine was installed, a new Hartzell Trailblazer propeller and spinner were mounted.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    After the engine and prop install were complete, Dave Stoots (right) and Karl Gardner (left) test the new Garmin GI-275 engine indication system prior to the first test run.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    STC holder, Dave Stoots of Stoots Aviation, poses with the airplane after a successful first test run.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Gary Ramsey, of Barnstormer’s Workshop, works to fit the new nose bowl.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Stoots installs new Sportsman STOL wing cuffs courtesy of Stene Aviation.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Stoots was assisted by David Lanni with the installation of the Sportsman STOL wing cuffs courtesy of Stene Aviation.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Stoots and Parker Thaxton (right) smile after a squawk free first post upgrade flight.
  • Upgrade Progress Gallery
    Stoots and the Barnstormer’s Workshop team inspect the airplane after the first flight.

How To Enter

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  • You're automatically entered! You get ONE automatic entry.
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  • Life Members and Annual Automatic Renewal (AAR) participants get FIVE additional automatic entries (for a total of six entries).

Not A Member, Life Member, Or AAR Participant?

  • With the incredible benefits AOPA offers, this is the perfect opportunity to join!
  • If you JOIN or RENEW, or DONATE using the button above, you get ONE automatic entry.
  • While we'd love for you to be an AOPA member and part of the world's largest aviation organization, membership is not required for entry.

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.



Open to 50 U.S. (+DC), Canada (excluding Quebec), Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I., age 19 years or older (or at least the age of majority as legally mandated by the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence if greater than 19) at date of entry.

Ends at 11:59 PM ET on 12/29/23.

To enter and view complete Official Rules which govern this Sweepstakes, including, entry limits, and alternate method of entry, visit

Sponsor: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Thank You To Our Contributors

Aero Clean Technologies

Paint Stripper


LED lighting

Aerospace Industries

New Interior


Aviation oxygen system

Airframes Alaska

Alaskan Bushwheel tires

Aspen Avionics

Electronic Flight Display

AssuredPartners Aerospace

Aviation Insurance

AWI Aerospace Welding

Exhaust System

Barnstormer's Workshop

Engine and propeller installation

B.A.S. Inc.

Retractable Pull Handle


Paracord handles and guidance

Gardner Lowe Aviation Services

Avionics and panel install


Engine Indication System (EIS), navigator/com

Hartzell Propeller Inc.

Constant speed propeller

LakeVue Aeronautics LLC

Folding jump seats


C-170 airframe parts

Micro Aerodynamics

Vortex generators

Midwest Panel Builders

GI 275 EIS quick kit wiring harness


Digital logbooks

Rope Chocks

Aircraft chocks

Scheme Designers

Technical paint mock ups and guidance


Aircraft Paint

sky comforts logo

Sky Comforts

New Interior

SiriusXM Aviation

SiriusXM weather and entertainment

Stene Aviation

STOL wing cuff

Stoots Aviation

Engine and propeller STC

Photos of the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170