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Third Annual International Learn to Fly Day is May 19

 

International Learn to Fly Day
Attendees inspect planes and talk to pilots at Oshkosh's first International Learn to Fly Day in 2010.

April 11, 2012 - Events continue to be scheduled for EAA's third annual International Learn to Fly Day (ILTFD), set for Saturday, May 19. Tens of thousands of future aviators are expected to participate, taking the first step toward discovering the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of flight.

Local EAA chapters are leading the way for this aviation community-wide effort. Chapters will offer complementary adult orientation flights, helping to connect aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight. These introductory flights for adults are similar to EAA's popular Young Eagles program, which has offered free flights to more than 1.6 million kids ages 8-17 since 1992.

Last year's event also served as an opportunity for chapter members to try out the Eagle Flights concept, a program similar to Young Eagles for adults. With the first Eagle Flight scheduled to take place at AirVenture 2012, initial response to the concept has been overwhelming from members.

"The joy, fulfillment, and sense of accomplishment of flying an aircraft is unlike anything else one can experience," said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. "As we grow the next generation of aviators, International Learn to Fly Day is one day where we can make a special effort to invite and welcome those who have always dreamed of flying."

EAA encourages other aviation organizations and businesses to join the effort by offering introductory flights, seminars, and open houses at airports and other locations throughout the United States and the world. To find or submit an event, click here.

"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," Hightower added.

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