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'Spirit of Liberty' Trinidad auction about to close'Spirit of Liberty' Trinidad auction about to close

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The "Spirit of Liberty" paint job really makes a statement.
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Top-of-the-line avionics provide weather and traffic data in the cockpit.
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Sports car-styled seats make long cross-country trips a pleasure.

Only a few hours remain before you'll lose your chance to own a truly one-of-a-kind aircraft. Bidding for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's "Spirit of Liberty" TB20 Socata Trinidad closes at 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 31. The current high bid is still thousands of dollars below list price.

While the exterior sports a magnificent paint scheme with the U.S. and French flags draped across the aircraft, it's what's inside in the avionics stack that makes this plane really special. And every penny over the reserve price will benefit ASF's continuing mission to improve safety in the sky.

The avionics suite includes a Bendix/King KMD 850 multifunction display, KLN 94 color GPS, KDR 510 weather information datalink receiver, and a Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope and Skywatch traffic advisory system, as well as a Bendix/King KAP 150 three-axis autopilot.

EADS Socata donated the aircraft to ASF, while Bendix/King and Goodrich donated the avionics, and Banyan Aircraft Services of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., donated the installation services. Oxford Aviation of Oxford, Maine, designed and executed the patriotic paint scheme.

ASF's online Silent Auction offers numerous other items that won't require you to dig quite as deeply into your pocket as the Trinidad would. Items range from non-aviation items to Rod Machado books and tapes, Sam Lyons aviation prints, or a 10-day IFR training course. Current high bids range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars. And as with the "Spirit of Liberty," all funds benefit ASF's continuing mission.

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