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More Than 300 Local Events Now Part of EAA's International Learn To Fly Day Website

Resolution recognizing May 15 events introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 29, 2010) — On Saturday, May 15, more than 300 events throughout the nation will help people “live the dream” of learning to fly, as a growing number of communities will participate in EAA’s International Learn To Fly Day activities.

International Learn to Fly Day was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and is dedicated to increase interest in flying and to encourage the aviation community to get others involved in Aviation.  The goal is to have aviators from around the world welcome and encourage those who have thought about making their own dreams of flight a reality through one-to-one contact and specific information about flying.

“The responsibility to grow the aviation community comes down to each of us with a passion for flight,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA Chairman/President.  “International Learn To Fly Day is one day where we can make a special effort to invite those who have always dreamed of flying to discover more, and give them a warm welcome to the unique fellowship of flying.”

This week, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing May 15 as “International Learn To Fly Day” throughout the country.  In the resolution, Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) said the resolution “Recognizes the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting aviation and teaching the nation’s next generation of pilots.”  Ehlers introduced the resolution with Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.).

The more than 300 local events include many organized through Pilot Journeys magazine, a strong supporter of the International Learn To Fly Day concept.  Pilot Journeys has already provided more than 10,000 free tickets to learn-to-fly events throughout the U.S. on May 15, and has been instrumental in promoting this effort through its www.pilotjourney.com website.

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.

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts.  EAA’s 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft.  For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.  For continual news updates, connect with http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

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