Cirrus SRS S/N 001 Auctioned To Benefit Young Eagles

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Cirrus held an auction at EAA's annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner during AirVenture to sell the first copy of its new SRS light sport aircraft, with the proceeds going to support the Young Eagles program. Sporty's founder and Chairman Hal Shevers was the highest bidder, with a winning bid of $170,000. "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 more than 1.3 million youth between the ages of eight and 17. Sporty's will take delivery of the airplane at AirVenture 2008. At AirVenture, Cirrus introduced its LSA, which will be built in partnership with Fk Lightplanes of Germany. The all-composite SRS will be equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and glass avionics (system to be determined).