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Take a Friend Flying on International Learn to Fly Day May 21

Chapters can turn dreams of flight into reality for tens of thousands during the second annual International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 21. Help do your part and connect aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight.

International Learn to Fly Day is an aviation community-wide effort helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of flight. 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 views these introductory flights for adults as a key step toward establishing a year-round adult version of its popular Young Eagles program, which has offered free flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992.

Introductory flights spark continued interest in flight, evidenced in recent research of the EAA Young Eagles program. Those receiving flights free of charge through Young Eagles are five times more likely to become pilots than non-Young Eagles. They also already comprise more than 7 percent of the nation’s pilot population under age 35.

In addition, this year’s event gives chapters an opportunity to help EAA trial the concept of a program similar to Young Eagles for adults. Your experience and feedback will help us in creating such a program.

Learn to Fly Day events do not need to be complicated or extensive. They can be as simple as taking a friend for an introductory flight and then introducing them to a flight instructor. View the recent webinar on International Learn to Fly Day in the EAA webinars archive.

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

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.

E-mail your Learn to Fly Day suggestions, plans, or questions to learntoflyday@eaa.org. 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:Take a friend flying

  • 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
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