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Sporty's founder auctions off Vision Jet delivery slotSporty's founder auctions off Vision Jet delivery slot

Sporty's Founder Hal Shevers was one of the first Cirrus customers to put a deposit on a Vision Jet a decade ago—and now he's auctioning his highly coveted delivery position for charity.

Cirrus Vision Jet, photography by Chris Rose

"My delivery position comes up in the fall," Shevers said at a party hosted by Cirrus July 23. "I'm going to give it up, and I want the proceeds to go to charity."

The Sporty's Foundation, the Duluth Children's Museum, and Aerospace Minnesota stand to benefit if the week-long online auction (which ends July 28) is successful.

Early depositors typically paid about $100,000 a decade ago for delivery positions. The children's charities will receive auction funds in excess of Shevers' initial deposit.

About 600 Cirrus customers are in line to buy Vision Jets, and so far about seven have been delivered. The company is currently producing one jet per week—so the backlog will take many years at current production rates.

Sporty's Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers and Cirrus co-founder Dale Klapmeier announce an auction for Shevers' Cirrus Vision Jet delivery position during EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh July 23. Photo by David Tulis.

To place a bid or to follow the auction online, visit a special website that has been set up for the occasion.

In other Cirrus news, the company said it has delivered about 150 aircraft at its new facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. It's producing about eight piston-engine SR20s and SR22s a week.

Dale Klapmeier, who co-founded the company with brother Alan, has been selling airplanes at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for 30 years.

"We came here for the first time 30 years ago with a stack of order forms and the coolest airplane on the field," he said of the sleek VK-30 the brothers designed. "We still have the coolest airplane."

Cirrus has produced about 6,700 FAA-certified airplanes since it went into production in 1999, and it's consistently the world's top seller of single-engine piston aircraft.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
Topics: EAA AirVenture

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