Let the bidding begin: The AOPA Foundation’s annual online general aviation auction is open until Dec. 20 and boasts 21 once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, nine flight experiences, seven packages for pilots who enjoy sports, 12 getaway packages, and more.
“We’re offering a great lineup of packages that will thrill pilots,” said George Perry , interim executive director of the AOPA Foundation and senior vice president of the AOPA Air Safety Institute. “While bidding on fun flight experiences, getaways, and gadgets, pilots will be supporting the foundation’s GA initiatives.”
Flight experiences include Top Gun packages, a fighter pilot package that will engage you in five or six dogfights, upset recovery training, a tailwheel endorsement in a 1940 Stearman biplane, a flight experience with AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg, and an AOPA aircraft photo shoot among other items.
For those who want to enjoy a getaway with that someone special who isn’t a pilot, the foundation also offers packages including seven days and six nights in Paris, two badges to the Masters Tournament in 2016, an exotic sports car driving experience, tickets to the Daytona 500, a hunting experience in Argentina, and a retreat in Key West, Florida.
Donations to the AOPA Foundation, including those made through the online auction, make it possible for the Air Safety Institute to offer free safety and educational materials to all pilots. The tax-deductible funds also support AOPA’s Regional Fly-Ins, the You Can Fly program to increase the pilot population, the Reimagined 152 effort to get affordable aircraft into flying clubs, the AV8RS youth membership program, and efforts to promote airports.