AOPA ASF Silent Auction offers 'two for one' gifts

March 3, 2008

AOPA ASF Silent Auction offers 'two for one' gifts

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:

  • AT.01 Aircell Air Transceiver, complete with a low-profile antenna, handset, and handset cradle, donated by Aircell, Inc.
  • Luxurious private week on Martha's Vineyard, an eight-day stay this fall on a $2.5 million private compound on the secluded shores of Edgartwon Great Pond, donated by Wiley Reynolds.
  • Three-day IFR multiengine course, a detailed course that includes reviews of IFR procedures, charts, seasonal weather, and human factors, donated by FlightSafety International.
  • Flyer magazine, a lifetime subscription for "aviation news while it is still news," donated by Flyer Media, Inc.
  • Two round-trip tickets, good anywhere America West Airlines flies, donated by America West Airlines.
  • Aerospace Multifunction Titanium Watch, with a large LCD digital readout and oversized hands, donated by Breitling USA.
  • "The Aviator" Men's Watch by Swiss Auguste Reymond, a self-winding chronograph with a 25-jewel Valjioux 7750 movement, donated by Tramelan Watch USA.

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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May 22, 2000