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Make Plans for International Learn to Fly Day May 21

Last May, EAA members, chapters, and other aviation groups and enthusiasts introduced the wonder of flight to more than 40,000 people at 450 local events during the first International Learn to Fly Day. Mark your calendars and start making plans for the second annual event, set for Saturday, May 21.

The goal of this effort is to involve the entire aviation community and bring aviators together with those who have the dream of flight to show and encourage them to take that next step toward becoming a pilot. EAA and numerous other aviation organizations and businesses are again joining together to organize introductory flights, seminars, open houses at airports and flight schools, and other activities. (Read about last year’s inaugural event.)

EAA encourages chapters to organize an event and post it to the International Learn to Fly Day online information center.

Learn to Fly Day events do not need to be complicated or extensive. They can be as simple as taking someone for an introductory flight and then introducing them to a flight instructor. Plans might include an airport open house, a fly-in breakfast, or even a mall show. Use your imaginations and keep us posted as to what you plan to do so that we can share your ideas with other chapters.

We established a special e-mail address for Learn to Fly Day suggestions, plans, or questions. We will also be posting ideas and progress on the development of International Learn to Fly Day.

The following are some ideas to get you started. Remember, these are just suggestions, so use your imaginations:

  • Airport open house
  • Chapter hangar open house
  • Introductory flight
  • Presentation to other organizations
  • Program swap with other organization (for example, model airplane club)
  • Mall show
  • Cooperative program with flight school

We’ll have much more to come as we approach May 21, so stay tuned!

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