With Christmas just over two weeks away, I've had an idea which I hope will raise a nice sum for charity.
Over on eBay, I've started an auction for a "Charity Christmas or New Year's Aircraft Banner"; "Proceeds to the NSPCC or registered charity of the winner's choice."
The advert is self-explanatory but in summary, on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve (winner's choice), we are offering a flight with the winner's Christmas message over the county. "The same lucky winner will also have the option of joining the flight - suitably dressed as Father Christmas (optional) to spread goodwill and cheer over the county!"
The bidding is starting at £150 and I've let the papers know and gave a quick interview on KMFM today, so it will be interesting to see if a little positive publicity will encourage a generous and charity-minded company or individual to bid?
On a related aviation note, I had a funny enquiry last week from a Russian businessman who wants to propose to his girlfriend. Initially, he wanted an aircraft around 'Big Ben' and Westminster Bridge and I did explain that this could be difficult, as it takes 21 days to get the appropriate permissions and we don't have a twin-engined aircraft - the one we used for the Ministry of Defense on Veterans Day - available. "No problem, I buy you the aircraft", well almost but in the end I managed to convince him that the aircraft had to be properly certfied for aerial work by the CAA, so money wasn't the answer.
He finally settled for Canterbury this month and the message in English, as I don't have any cyrillic letters to hand, mind you, it's on a par with the one I had to do in Turkish over Leeds Castle last year!