Miami Police Department airplane raffle update
1960s Cessna 172 to be raffled off
Update to original story: There are still tickets available as of December 23rd, 2018. The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2019 at noon.
Original story: “It’s very reliable, it’s easy to fly. It’s one of the basic airplanes that’s being used all of the country for several years.”
Jerry McFerron is a former Navy pilot instructor and has been flying and teaching at the Miami Regional Airport for 15 years. He shows us this plane’s capabilities.
“The police department is sponsoring a raffle. We’re going to raffle off the 1960s Cessna 172. Gonna be open for everybody. We’re gonna sell tickets. I’ve had people from all over the country start getting some interest on it” says Chief Thomas Anderson from the Miami Police Department and the Miami Regional Airport.
This may be your only chance to win an airplane for 50 dollars. The winner of the raffle will also get 10 free training hours, which is how long many students need for a solo license.
The police chief and airport manager hopes to raise around 150 thousand dollars from the raffle tickets.
“Currently, we’re in the middle of a about 1.5 million dollar upgrade. We’re putting in new high intensity LED lights, runway lights, new weather station.”
The city owned and operated airport does get federal grants, but they need to be able to match those funds, so projects like this help.
An Oklahoma family who was no longer using the plane, sold it to the city for this raffle.
Ross Aviation agreed to put their time and money into fully restoring the plane. So it’s now completely air worthy and ready for a new owner, who could possibly have a lifetime of air adventures for 50 dollars.
“He could make excursions in it, and local trips. He could go clear to California if he wanted to” says McFerron. The sky will be their limit.
The Miami Police Department hope to start selling tickets on their Facebook page on June 1st, 2018.