AeroCareers' Piper Cub Raffle

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·       Grand Prize Winner of the Piper Cub:  Robert Higgins of Granbury, Texas (right in the photo above, receiving the keys to his new plane from AeroCareers' President, Bob McDaniel)
·       Second Prize of $5,000 Cash:  Joseph B. of Vandalia, IL 
·       Third Prize--Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset:  Denny H. of Dickinson, ND.  


Celebrate July 4th as an aircraft owner!
$50 per ticket or 3 for $125

GRAND PRIZE:  1947 Piper J-3 Cub with restoration completed in 2022 or $25,000 cash
  • Less than 100 hours since Total Airframe Restoration and Engine and Prop Overhauls.
  • Upgraded with Continental 85 horsepower Engine and McCauley Metal Climb Prop.
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Big River Aviation LLC of St. Louis completed the restoration of this beautiful Piper J-3 Cub Trainer in August 2022.  Upgrades included recovering with Stewart Fabric Systems STC and installation of a Continental 85 horsepower engine, overhauled in 2018, and a McCauley metal climb prop, overhauled in 2022.  (See the full restoration details below.)

The aircraft does not have an engine-driven electrical system so it is exempt from transponder and ADS-B requirements, however, it DOES HAVE the convenience of an installed battery, an electric starter, and a USB power port to power the provided Sporty’s PJ2 Handheld COM Radio or your tablet or smartphone for navigation.  No hand propping needed!  Simply plug in the battery tender every few flights.

The aircraft has no known damage history and we have the original logbook that begins at the date of manufacture.  There are significant gaps in the logs prior to the restoration and two extended periods when the aircraft was not in use.  All detailed logs are available since the complete airframe restoration and engine and propeller overhauls.  

We will be flying the aircraft during the raffle period so the winner will receive a proven aircraft, with approximately 100 hours on it since total restoration and all the little bugs will have been worked out.  A fresh June 2023 Annual/100-Hour Inspection will be completed prior to presenting the aircraft to the grand prize winner.  

The total aircraft restoration began with complete disassembly and inspection of the airframe for any cracks, corrosion, or other defects.  The interior of all tubes was treated with boiled linseed oil to prevent corrosion.  The fuselage and all flight controls were primed with epoxy-chromate primer and painted.  The wood fuselage formers were replaced with aircraft grade wood and were varnished.  The aircraft was recovered with Stewart Fabric Systems and painted, and the wings were installed with new Univair sealed struts.  Of course, all new hardware was used throughout the aircraft.

The cabin received a new floor, seats, cushions, and seat belts.  The new instrument panel received a new Cub-faced altimeter, airspeed indicator, rate of climb indicator, and tachometer and a new compass.  

Other new aircraft parts included new control cables, pulleys, turnbuckles, elevator trim bushings, landing gear bungees, Scott tailwheel steering springs and chains, wheel bearings, races, and new Grove disk brakes.  

In addition to an overhauled 85 horsepower Continental engine and McCauley metal propeller and spinner, it received new fuel and oil lines, a new sealed battery with a battery minder, a new starter, new slick magnetos and harness, a new exhaust system, and a newly overhauled Marvel Schebler carburetor.


  1. This is a raffle – not a contest. 100% of the money raised supports our charitable and educational mission.  Void where prohibited by law. Not valid outside of the USA.
  2. You can buy as many raffle tickets as you wish. Tickets are $50.00 each or three for $125.00. Each ticket has a chance of winning 1 of 3 prizes. 
  3. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this raffle.
  4. After all 4,000 tickets are sold, no more tickets will be sold. AeroCareers has the option to draw the winners at an earlier date if all 4,000 tickets are sold before the scheduled drawing date, July 4, 2023.
  5. Winners will be contacted by phone. You do not need not be present to win.  Follow-up contact will be made via e-mail and certified mail.
  6. The prizes may be transferred to anyone you wish, as long as they are located in the USA.
  7. The fair market value of the restored Piper J-3 Cub is $50,000.  
  8. All taxes, licenses, registration fees or other required fees or expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner. Appropriate reporting to the winner and IRS will be provided.  Federal income tax withholding requirements apply to the grand prize.  (See IRS Notice 1340 for details.)
  9. The prizes will be awarded within 14 days of the raffle drawing and AeroCareers will store the aircraft at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) at no charge for 30 days after it has been awarded. The winner will be officially notified by US Certified Mail. The winner must sign a hold harmless agreement and a publicity, media and photo release. Second and Third Prizes will be mailed directly to the winning individual's address, once notified.
  10. If the winner declines acceptance of a prize, AeroCareers will draw another winner.
The odds of winning $25,000 in the Powerball lottery if you buy $50 worth of tickets are 1 in 115,509. The odds of winning our $25,000 Jackpot or our beautiful Piper Cub are 29 times better—only 1 in 4,000, or even less if not all the tickets are sold! 
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