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Congress Introduces Resolution Recognizing 'National Learn to Fly Day'

April 22, 2010 — Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Vern Ehlers (R-MI) in to the U.S. House of Representatives on April 21 to create “National Learn to Fly Day.”  Boyd and Ehlers are co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus. The resolution has now been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for further action.

House Resolution 1284 supports “the goals and ideals of National Learn to Fly Day” noting that “since the birth of flight, aviation has had a tremendous impact on the imagination, innovation, and economy of the United States.” Many of this country’s heroes have been pilots—but “every one of these individuals had to learn to fly before they could achieve their greatness,” and that “flight brings joy, inspiration, and a sense of accomplishment to those who fly for recreation and pleasure.” It also praises “the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting and teaching the Nation's next generation of pilots.”

The resolution is the result of EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) seeking recognition of the third Saturday of May as International Learn to Fly Day, by Congress.  NAFI formally submitted a letter in March making the request for a House Resolution, and EAA has worked with members and staff on the Hill to bring it to fruition.

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 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.  NAFI and its membership of many of the nation's professional flight instructors form the foundation of aviation training and safety in this country.

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