Learn To Fly Day Aims To Attract New Pilots

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The second annual International Learn to Fly Day, which is organized by EAA, aims to provide free introductory flights and encouragement to adults curious about aviation, with events at airports around the world. This year's event is set for Saturday, May 21, with close to 200 sites participating. Many airports and flight schools host an open house for the day, to reach out to the community and invite those who have always wanted to fly to try going up in a small airplane. Last year's inaugural event drew more than 40,000 people. Sites are easy to find via the Learn to Fly Day web site; just type in your zip code to find events near you.

"The joy, fulfillment, and sense of accomplishment of flying an aircraft is unlike anything else that one can experience," said EAA President Rod Hightower. "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." The web site also offers support for those interested in hosting an event and pilots who want to offer rides. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Ron Wagner, manager of field operations for EAA, for more information about Learn to Fly Day and how pilots can participate; click here for that podcast.