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International Learn to Fly Day

March 23, 2010 — Saturday, May 15 will be a day where dreams of flight will become reality as the inaugural International Learn to Fly Day brings together aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight.

International Learn To Fly Day, first announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 last July, is an aviation community-wide effort to help people take that “next step” to discover the fun, freedom and accomplishment of flight. EAA is joined by numerous other aviation organizations and businesses in this effort, which features introductory flights, seminars and open houses at airports and other locations throughout the nation and internationally.

“The joy, fulfillment and sense of accomplishment of flying an aircraft is unlike anything else that one can experience,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president, who announced International Learn To Fly Day at Oshkosh last July. “We who fly want to share this unique freedom with others, as we know there are millions of people who have thought, ‘I would love to learn to fly,’ but have never taken the next step. We are leading this effort and calling upon every aviation business and association to join us in opening the door for others to discover flight. EAA also asks every pilot to individually take someone flying on May 15.”

The information center for International Learn to Fly Day is the www.learntoflyday.org website, which features the ability to find an event that encourages a person to discover more about flying, or allows a group or company to post an event that welcomes those interested in flying.

EAA has taken leadership of this important effort because of the organization’s extensive network of nearly 1,000 chapters, which supports and promotes aviation on the local level. Those grassroots chapters offer resources for those interested in flight, whether it is through the chapter’s members or connections with flight schools and instructors.

As part of that effort, EAA chapters are urged to participate by organizing events in their local communities, and let people know about those activities by posting them on the www.learntoflyday.org website.

“EAA chapters offer a very important link to growing the flight community, as chapters are the neighborly connection that welcomes new aviators and those who want to discover more about flight,” Poberezny said.

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