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Flight Experience – A Perfect Gift to Start Prospective Pilots in Pursuit of Flight

EAA/Sporty’s introductory kit includes discovery flight, EAA membership, and more

 EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Nov. 10, 2010) — Give the gift of flight this holiday season and help prospective pilots turn their aviation dreams into reality through the Flight Experience, a comprehensive introductory kit from EAA and Sporty’s Pilot Shop of Batavia, Ohio, the “World’s Largest Pilot Shop” and leading developer of aviation education programs.

The Flight Experience kit is designed as a pathway to aviation participation through an enjoyable and informative flight experience with a certified flight instructor. For only $139, individuals receive a certificate for a discovery flight redeemable at one of more than 1,000 flight schools across the United States, a six-month EAA membership, plus many more items welcoming them to the thrilling world of flight.

“Not only does the Flight Experience provide the necessary resources in becoming a pilot, it also provides a high-level of support and encouragement needed to complete the journey,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “EAA and Sporty’s are committed to opening the door to aviation participation and the limitless opportunities available in the world of flight.”

In addition to the discovery flight and EAA membership, the kit includes a subscription to EAA Sport Aviation magazine, two-hour learn to fly video, pilot logbook and Cessna 182 cockpit poster. A listing of participating flight schools can be found at www.sportys.com/flight

“We are delighted to again team up with EAA to engage aviation enthusiasts and guide them on the path to becoming a pilot,” said Hal Shevers, Sporty’s Pilot Shop Founder and Chairman. “The Flight Experience is a great introductory step into the limitless world of aviation, and will fuel the passion for flight and all the fun and excitement which go with it.”

Flight Experience kits are available for purchase through the EAA Catalog at www.shopeaa.com, Sporty’s catalog at www.sportys.com/fe, and at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis.

EAA and Sporty’s also are collaborating to spur aviation participation by offering Sporty’s Online Pilot Training Course free to all EAA Young Eagles. Through this program, young people who receive an inspirational and educational introduction to personal flight via the EAA Young Eagles Program also receive from Sporty’s the tools they’ll need to take the next steps in pursuing their interest in aviation.

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 www.twitter.com/EAAupdate

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