The auction for Sporty’s Cessna Citation Mustang (serial #13) successfully ended at 1:15 pm on June 8 with the winning bidder paying $3,117,000 for the aircraft.
It was anticipated that the winning bidder, who has requested anonymity, would take delivery of his brand-new Cessna Citation Mustang in Independence, Kansas, by the end of June. Training at FlightSafety International is included in the purchase price.
“In addition to this auction being an exciting event for general aviation with someone able to fly home a brand-new Cessna Mustang, it has provided nearly $500,000 in funding for The Sporty’s Foundation to support programs attracting young people to aviation, our most important job as an industry,” said Hal Shevers, Sporty’s founder and chairman.
Shevers, who was one of the first to place an order for a Mustang, decided to auction it off to the highest bidder to benefit the foundation. “I wonder how much someone will pay to get an earlier position?” he said at Sun ‘n Fun earlier this year.
The Sporty’s Foundation was created in April to fund initiatives to ensure a healthy future for the general aviation community by providing young people with information about the many careers that are available in aviation. The foundation’s initial bequest was to the Aircraft Electronics Association’s Educational Fund to provide scholarship money for individuals pursuing careers as avionics technicians. In the months to come, The Sporty’s Foundation expects to fund other scholarship programs and outreach campaigns that have an emphasis on youth. A priority for the foundation is ensuring the future of general aviation’s small aircraft fleet, through the support of initiatives with the goal of attracting professionals into this sector of aviation, officials say.
“Our business is small airplanes and The Sporty’s Foundation is dedicated to supporting scholarships and programs for individuals pursuing a career maintaining these aircraft,” said Shevers.
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