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Easiest Airplane I’ve ever Landed – Super Cub on Amphibious Floats!

A completely refurbished Super Cub on floats can be yours!

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This fully refurbished Piper Super Cub on amphibious floats is being given away right now in AOPA’s Sweepstakes!

aopa super cub sweepstakes*NO PURCHASE, MEMBERSHIP OR CONTRIBUTION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR CONTRIBUTION WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada (excluding residents of the Province of Quebec), age 19 years or older (or at least the age of majority as legally mandated by the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence) at date of entry. Grand Prize winner must be certificated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration as a Student, Recreational, Sport, Private, Commercial or Airline Transport pilot as of 5/31/19. A current medical is not required. Void outside of the aforementioned geographic areas and where prohibited by law. To qualify for the random drawing, online entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on 5/31/19.

See Official Rules: https://www.aopa.org/membership/sweeps/rules/ for details, entry limits and alternate method of entry.


In this episode of Flight Chops: After the AOPA Fly-In in Frederick MD, we fly the completely refurbished Piper Super Cub on amphibious floats. As we fly smooth skies over Maryland, I reacquaint myself with using heel brakes, explore the fully decked-out instrument panel, and have a very strange conversation with ATC. Full takeoff and landing — plus a cameo from my buddy and fellow aviation Youtuber Josh from Aviation101! See his episode here!

Thank you to AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman for showing me how to taxi, take off, and land the Super Cub on Wipaire’s Wipline 2100 amphibious floats!


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