The Hampton University Flight Team, the Air Pirates, is holding a raffle to benefit the team’s efforts to attend the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) SAFECON competition in Kansas this spring.

There are two prizes available for the raffle. A grand prize of a private pilot training course that includes 55 hours of combined flight and ground training, an instrument rating training course that includes 55 hours of combined flight and ground training, or a $7,500 aircraft rental credit to be used at Horizon Flight Center in Chesapeake, Va. The second raffle prize is a Bose A20 Aviation headset.

The grand prize is worth more than $8,500, while the aviation headset is worth $1,095. There is no limit to the amount of raffle tickets that may be purchased.

The HU flight team, along with Horizon Flight Center in Chesapeake, Va., is selling 250 raffle tickets for $99. The odds of winning are 1-in-125.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the HU flight team to help with expenses of the national competition in Kansas. The team, who recently placed third in the NIFA Region X SAFECON competition, will incur aircraft rental, travel, hotel and registration cost for the competition.

“This is a great prize for those in the aviation field that are interested in receiving their private or instrument certificate,” stated Diane Blandino, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation and advisor to the flight team.  “This is also a great prize for anyone interested in learning to fly or anyone who wishes to support the flight team. ”

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