March 3, 2008
Aviation gifts for the hard-to-buy-for pilot are filling the AOPA Air Safety Foundation "Silent Auction 2000" Web site. And all come with a special feature: a second free gift of incalculable value.
"Silent Auction items are mostly high-value items you'd never find in a store, and they make wonderful birthday or anniversary gifts for the pilot who has everything," said ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg. "But the 'free' prize that comes with each is worth more than any amount of money: a gift of better general aviation safety for all of us."
ASF's Silent Auction 2000, which runs from February 1 to November 30 this year, allows pilots and others to bid on high-value items donated by individuals and companies interested in promoting general aviation safety. The proceeds, which last year totaled almost $50,000, help ASF develop and present hundreds of safety seminars and video programs. Last year, more than 62,000 pilots nationwide benefited from ASF programs.
Since ASF was created in 1950, the general aviation accident rate has declined by 94 percent, as measured by NTSB statistics.
Different aviation-related items are added to the ASF Silent Auction each month. Contributors of merchandise receive formal acknowledgment from ASF, full credit on the auction item listing, a link to any other Web page, and a year-end report on all activity involving the gift, including the number of bids, hits, and travelers to the linked Web site. Each contributor also receives a prominent listing in ASF's Annual Report to Donors.
Among items currently available for bid are:
Bids for any of the hundreds of items available on the ASF Silent Auction may be made online.
The schedule for current ASF aviation safety seminars and other free programs is available online.
The Air Safety Foundation is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
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