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ChapterGram: April 2013

Who Introduced You to Aviation?


By Trevor Janz, EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights

The fourth annual International Learn to Fly Day is Saturday, May 18. This year we are encouraging each chapter to take at least one adult up for an EAA Eagle Flight. The main focus of this program is on one-to-one interaction between a pilot and an adult who has expressed an interest in learning to fly. For this reason, we do not recommend holding adult Eagle Flight rallies.

The EAA Eagle Flights program is as much about mentorship as it is a first flight for adults. In fact, we hope the airplane ride is just the beginning. We encourage you to invite your passenger(s) into your local chapter and aviation community. As a member of the EAA community, they will have access to more plane rides, fly-outs, pancake breakfasts, and volunteer opportunities to keep them engaged in general aviation. In addition, we encourage you to help your passenger take the first step toward learning to fly by introducing them to a local FBO, flight school, or CFI, preferably one you know will provide positive flight training experience.

If you havenít done so already, please consider nominating a member of your chapter to be an Eagle Flights Mentor. Remember, Eagle Flights is all about quality time spent, helping another achieve their goal of becoming a pilot. Please take a moment to think about who introduced you to aviation. I want to thank you in advance for paying it forward.

To order Eagle Flights registration forms, please fill out the Eagle Flights Supplies Request Form.

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