$170,000 Bid Will Go Towards Young Eagles
Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers was the highest
bidder when the first Cirrus Light Sport Aircraft was auctioned at
EAA’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner on July
26, 2007. Shevers' winning bid of $170,000 will benefit EAA’s
Young Eagles program and youth initiatives.
As ANN reported, on July 23
Cirrus Design Corporation -- in cooperation with Fk Lightplanes of
Speyer, Germany -- announced the availability of the Cirrus
The all-composite aircraft will sport a 120 knot top speed (in
fact, Cirrus will have to come up with ways to slow the slick SRS
down to meet the maximum speed allowed under sport pilot rules), a
glass panel, and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. The aircraft
will be powered with a Rotax 912S engine.
During the unveiling at AirVenture, Cirrus co-founder Alan
Klapmeier announced the company would donate the first SRS to Young
Eagles. That was the plane put up for bid.
"I am committed to bringing new people into aviation," said
Shevers. "This airplane represents a great entry point for aircraft
ownership. Of course, the purchase benefits the Young Eagles, a
vital program that Sporty’s has long supported"
Since its inception in
1992 and through the generosity of pilots volunteering their time
and aircraft, EAA's Young Eagles program has provided flights in
general aviation aircraft to over 1.3 million youth between the
ages of 8-17.
Sporty's will take delivery of the airplane at AirVenture
While Cirrus hasn't announced firm pricing for the SRS just yet,
it's likely Shever's bid was at least $40,000 over the ultimate
price for a loaded SRS. Not bad, for the privilege of owning the
first plane... and for a great cause, to boot.