Learn To Fly Day -- How To Take An Active Role
A lot of pilots are active supporters of general aviation, but few of them put their money where their mouth is like Gary Bradshaw, founder of PilotJourney.com and a major contributor to the May 15, 2010 "Learn To Fly Day" initiative. Bradshaw has made it his work and his mission to initiate new pilots into the world of aviation by connecting them with quality flight schools in their area, then following up on their progress and experiences. For Learn To Fly Day, Bradshaw, along with AOPA, EAA, Remos Aircraft and a host of others, is mobilizing to create literally hundreds of learn to fly seminars across the country (hosted by pilots and aviation enthusiasts) that will be presented to future pilots and aviation enthusiasts across the country. According to Bradshaw, thanks to their collective efforts, on May 15 he expects at least 300 seminars (and possibly many more) to launch in a wide range of venues nationwide. And you can be a part of it through LearnToFlyDay.com.
While PilotJourney.com exists as a gatekeeper for quality flight schools, and as a resource and starting point for aspiring pilots, LearnToFlyDay.com is, for pilots, a way to spread that nationwide. The LearnToFlyDay.com Web site offers a link for presenters through which interested parties can request the materials and support necessary to become a presenter on May 15, 2010, Learn To Fly Day. While geared toward flight schools, Bradshaw tells AVweb that anyone can become a presenter and the materials are free of charge. The nationwide effort is volunteer supported, open to all, and participation is encouraged. Interested parties can also reach the Learn To Fly Day organizers by phone at 1 (800) 399-6144.
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