Saturday Is Learn To Fly Day

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If you or somebody you know would like to give flying a try, this Saturday might be a good time. During the third annual International Learn To Fly Day, airports around the world are hosting events and pilots are offering to take neighbors and friends up for a free introductory flight. EAA spearheads the community-wide effort, and provides information and a list of events online. Informal efforts to just take a friend or neighbor for an introductory flight or even for a visit to the airport also are encouraged. "As we inspire 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," said Rod Hightower, EAA president.

The Learn to Fly website also offers info for anyone who would like to organize an event. Last year, 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.