International Learn to Fly Day May 19

EAA’s third annual International Learn to Fly Day will be held Saturday, May 19.

Local EAA chapters are leading the way for this aviation community-wide effort, according to EAA officials. Chapters will offer adult orientation flights, which are similar to EAA’s 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, EAA officials said.

“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.

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