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What Will You Do on International Learn to Fly Day?

February 5, 2010When the new International Learn to Fly Day was announced last summer at AirVenture 2009, it was heralded as a way for all segments of the general aviation community to encourage others to become involved in aviation. The inaugural ILTFD event is scheduled for May 15, 2010, and EAA wants chapters and individual members to get involved with some kind of activity to introduce the general public to the idea of learning to fly.

“If every pilot or EAA member introduced one or two people to aviation, not only would that help to preserve aviation but it would also grow exponentially,” said EAA’s Ron Wagner, manager of field operations who is heading EAA’s efforts for International Learn to Fly Day.

“Take someone out to fly. Make an introduction at the local flight school. Get that friend or family member who has shown a past interest in flying to take the next step. That’s what this newly designated day is all about – doing something to introduce others to aviation,” he added.

EAA is encouraging chapters to organize special Learn to Fly Day events in their communities. These efforts do not have 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,” said Steve Buss, EAA manager of chapters. “A chapter could host an airport open house, a fly-in breakfast, or even set up a display in their local mall.” Other ideas include presentations to other organizations, a program swap with other organizations (example model airplane club), or a cooperative program with a flight school.

May 15 will be here sooner than you think, so we encourage you to start thinking about how you or your chapter plan to be a part of International Learn to Fly Day. EAA has established an e-mail address – learntoflyday@eaa.org. Send us your suggestions, ideas, plans, or questions and we will share them in upcoming issues of e-Hotline.

You can also join the discussion on International Learn to Fly Day at Oshkosh365 and on Facebook.

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