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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedT-6 Pedal Plane Sweepstakes to Benefit the Alan Henley Family

AeroShell Aerobatic Team member
 Steve Gustafson with the pedal plane.

A sweepstakes has been organized to help former AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Alan Henley and his family pay for medical bills and daily living expenses. Henley became paralyzed last year after a fall while playing with his children at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets are being sold for a chance to win a pedal plane modeled after his AeroShell T-6 Texan.

Henley spent more than three months at the University of Alabama Hospital's trauma unit. Since then, he has battled infections and complications that resulted from the injury, and undergone extensive rehabilitation. Insurance has covered much of the cost of his treatment, but the family has learned that the benefits may cut off. Alan still needs medical care and rehabilitation, and his family needs to cover the cost of daily living expenses.

The Flamingo Kids, a camping group of flying enthusiasts who attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh every year, have organized the sweepstakes to help. Tickets will be sold every day during AirVenture 2009 in the Honda Pavilion. Prices are $5 per ticket, or five for $20. The winner will receive a pedal plane modeled on Alan's AeroShell T-6 Texan, beautifully handcrafted by Les Koberg. The plans, some materials, and hardware kit were donated by Gary Sampson of Aviation Products Inc, and the original kit was enhanced to include LED landing, navigation, and anti-collision lights, cushioned pilot seat, seat belt, an authentic AeroShell Team paint scheme, solid aluminum propeller and spinner, vinyl graphics, and engine details.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.naat.net/News/AlanUpdate.html.

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