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Santa trades in his sled for an airplane

December 16, 2010, 03:31 pm

Santa Claus made a very special trip this year to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association headquarters as part of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation's Operation Christmas Spirit.

Spirit was one thing Santa certainly brought, complete with an aviation motif. Decked out in army gear with white fringe, the Christmas icon arrived in a Cessna Citation business jet.

While Santa delighted AOPA, his main goal was something much greater. The jolly man brought cheer to soldiers recovering from injury. Many serving in the armed forces get hurt each year, showing the importance of life insurance for pilots and anyone who has a dangerous occupation.

AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller says AOPA is glad to have played a role in bringing cheer to injured soldiers.

"We are pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile cause," says Fuller. "In addition to the logistical support we've been able to provide, AOPA has made a financial donation to Operation Christmas Spirit on behalf of its members."

There are many other organizations and volunteer efforts people can participate in during the holiday season and year round that aim to aid injured soldiers or use the special skills of pilots.  

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