Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop, conceived and spearheaded a first-of-its-kind fundraiser to continue the research and educational activities of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Drawing on a highly successful model from the political world, Shevers contacted potential ASF donors, inviting them to a dinner with AOPA President Phil Boyer and obtaining their commitment for a $5,000 tax-deductible contribution.
During the July 2 dinner, Boyer addressed the particular concerns and questions of each guest. Questions included concern from a warbird owner about the demilitarization bill reintroduced into Congress this year, the influence of the Secret Service on airspace decisions surrounding presidential movements, details surrounding the piston manufacturing community for single-engine airplanes, and the new micro jet/light jet movement.
Through Hal Shevers' efforts and the generosity of these donors, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation is now assured funding to be able to conduct its popular safety seminars in at least a dozen more cities in the coming months.
Shevers, a member of the ASF Board of Visitors, has now challenged other board members to use his first effort as a prototype and hold similar events to support general aviation safety. The ASF Board of Visitors is a national cadre of pilot philanthropists and GA industry leaders dedicated to making the skies safer through research and education. Board members give their time and expertise to help guide the activities of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.