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Make Plans for International Learn to Fly Day on May 19


Learn to Fly, Become a Pilot

Free Brochures Available!

Are you looking for a way to supplement your International Learn to Fly Day event? Gleim Publications is, once again, generously offering free of charge its Learn to Fly, Become a Pilot brochure to EAA chapters, FBOs, and others hosting International Learn to Fly Day events. For years, Gleim has provided these brochures to EAA chapters for Young Eagles events, receiving great responses from all involved.

This publication provides a basic overview of flying an aircraft as well as the steps to be taken in becoming a pilot.

Those who are hosting International Learn to Fly Day events and are interested in ordering the Gleim Booklets can e-mail Nathan McLaughlin, Gleim Publications aviation training consultant, at nathan.mclaughlin@gleim.com. Please provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and quantity requested.

April 17, 2012 - Chapters can turn dreams of flight into reality for tens of thousands during the third annual International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 19. 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.

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, last year's event gave chapters an opportunity to help EAA trial the concept of a program similar to Young Eagles for adults. With this feedback we are developing the Eagle Flights program for adults. The first Eagle Flight will be at AirVenture 2012 and based on the overwhelming member response we feel the Eagle Flights program will be a big success going forward.

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.

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, an AMA model airplane club)
  • Mall show
  • Cooperative program with flight school
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