EAA’s Flying Start program allows EAA chapters to welcome and encourage new aviation enthusiasts to the fun, freedom, and accessibility of personal aviation.
The program consists of an EAA-prepared PowerPoint presentation and video that provide the attendees with information about learning to fly. The hosting chapter can customize this experience with information about their local chapter and flight training resources. The presentation is capped off with an EAA Eagle Flight for each attendee.
The goal of the Flying Start program is to provide interested adults a pathway to flight training and involvement with their local EAA chapter.
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In celebration of EAA Learn to Fly Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of May, any chapter that hosts a Flying Start event in 2021 using the new online registration will receive two free weekly passes for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021! Your event must be registered prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 if it takes place at a later date.
All EAA chapters and squadrons are eligible to host an EAA Flying Start event if they meet the following criteria:
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- Availability of local flight instruction
- Volunteer pilots available to provide Eagle Flights
- Buy-in from chapter members to engage with participants during and after the event
- Comfortable gathering area/presentation space for up to 20 participants
- Audio/visual equipment with a screen and speakers
EAA provides everything you need to successfully plan, promote, and execute your chapter’s Flying Start event. You’ll receive a printed copy of the Flying Start Program Handbook and Event Guide, which outlines the steps to hosting a successful event, along with a supply of customized event promotional posters, rack cards, and business cards to help you advertise your event in the local community.