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EAA Chapters, Airports Primed for International Learn to Fly Day

April 21, 2010 — The first International Learn to Fly Day - an open house for aviation - is gaining momentum as we approach Saturday, May 15. The latest count of scheduled aviation events across the country is approaching 300 as EAA chapters, airports, flight schools, and others attempt to introduce the earth-bound public to the wonder of flight.

ILTFD was first announced at AirVenture last summer at a joint ceremony conducted by EAA, AOPA, Remos Aircraft, NAFI, and others. International Learn to Fly Day is based on a simple idea: raise interest in flying and encourage current pilots and other aviation enthusiasts to get others involved in aviation. The hope is to create a groundswell to try and reverse the “plane-drain” – the steady decrease in the pilot population since the 1980s.

Ron Wagner, EAA’s ILFD point man, is encouraged by the breadth and depth of the events scheduled throughout the country. He recently attended the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland, Florida, and found many people planning to take part on May 15.

“Interest was very high in Lakeland,” he said. “I’m very excited about the tremendous response we’ve received from throughout the U.S.” Wagner also gave several interviews at Sun ’n Fun, spreading the word about ILTFD. “And there’s still some time for folks out there to coordinate an event. Or if you’re a pilot and want to get involved, invite a friend or neighbor to visit the airport or go for a flight.”

Wagner asked groups to make sure participants list their event on the EAA Calendar of Events by visiting www.learntofly.org and following the instructions to post an event.

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