May 14, 2010—Isn’t it time you told your mom or dad to take flight?
If they aren’t pilots but they share your passion for aviation, then tell them about the first International Learn to Fly Day this Saturday, May 15.
The effort was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 as an effort to increase interest in flying and to encourage the aviation community to get others involved in aviation. EAA, AOPA, Remos Aircraft and PilotJourney.com have joined together to sponsor this effort, which features introductory flights, seminars and open houses at airports and other locations throughout the nation and internationally.
The initiative is similar to EAA’s Young Eagles program, which provides a free flight to youth ages 8-17; however, Learn to Fly Day is aimed at adults.
“The joy, fulfillment and sense of accomplishment of flying an aircraft is unlike anything else that one can experience,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president. ”We who fly want to share this unique freedom with others, as we know there are millions of people who have thought, ‘I would love to learn to fly,’ but have never taken the next step.”
The website, www.learntoflyday.org, serves as a clearinghouse of information and events surrounding this focused effort in aviation. To find an event near you, click here.
Attending a Learn to Fly Day event at your local airport is free. However, tickets may be required to insure seating for the presentations, aid in planning for refreshments and handouts, and enter the ticket holder to win a free “first time” flying lesson provided by Pilot Journey. To download your tickets, click here.
Hundreds of venues across the country are hosting Learn To Fly events Saturday. But if you’re not close to an event, you can also attend online.
Even the U.S. House of Representatives realizes the importance of the initiative and on Wednesday, passed the “International Learn to Fly Day” resolution in which the House “(1) supports the goals and ideals of International Learn to Fly Day; and (2) recognizes the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting and teaching the nation’s next generation of pilots.”
Hundreds of events meant to get people interested in flying will take place on May 15 as part of Learn to Fly Day.
Photo credit: EAA