I seem to have inspired myself with that last posting. This blog posting and its comments section will serve as a Dutch auction for a helicopter ride. The terms of the ride are as specified in
with the exception that I need another 45 hours or so before I can take students to satisfy an insurance requirement in this particular Robinson R22. I.e., I can do a photo flight, I can and have instructed in other helicopters, I can take friends around, but I can’t leave the left side controls in and let you fly. (I do have a commercial helicopter license, a helicopter instructor license, and about 255 hours of total helicopter time).
Let’s do this as a Dutch auction, with 100% of the donations to www.sarasanctuary.org. People bid in the comments section (include email address please in the cleartext of the comment; this wonderful Manila software does not provide any way for me to recover your email address from your registration info). I will give people rides in descending order of bid amount. Students, bless their impoverished hearts, will get a 2X factor applied to their bid (so a student who bids $100 will go before a working person who bids $199). When I hit the magic 300-hour mark, I’ll stop giving rides (will be busy instructing customers of East Coast Aero Club then), unless there are unsatisfied bids of at least $250 ($125 for students).
I will pay for all of the gas, maintenance, and other expenses of the helicopter. The dogs at SARA will get all of the money that you donate (give it directly to them via their Web site please; I don’t want to handle any checks).
So… for the comments section… please provide your name, phone number, email address, amount of bid, good times to fly (if you are a 9-5 slave, say so). If you want to bid anonymously, send me email with the same info with the subject line “helicopter dutch auction bid”.