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International Learn to Fly Day Events Filling Up Schedule

April 5, 2011 – More than 80 International Learn to Fly Day events are currently posted on the official website. EAA encourages chapters to organize an event and post it to the website, letting those curious about aviation in your area to know where they can find you.

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)

A primary focus of this year’s event is to offer introductory flights to adults who have always wanted to discover flight. 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.

E-mail your Learn to Fly Day suggestions, plans, or questions to learntoflyday@eaa.org. We will be posting ideas and progress on the development of International Learn to Fly Day.

Also, view the archive of a recent International Learn to Fly Day webinar.

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