Pilot Journey, a long time promoter of first time flight lessons, has teamed with AttendStar, an online airshow ticketing service, in an attempt to increase the U.S. pilot population.
Starting with the 2011 airshow season, Pilot journey and AttendStar will begin a cross-promotional effort aiming to share the joy of learning to fly an airplane with nearly a million airshow attendees and interested persons.
“With an estimated yearly attendance of 10 million to 12 million people at North American air shows, this is an avenue for increasing the pilot population, which needs more attention,” said Gary Bradshaw, owner of Pilot Journey and AttendStar.
Already providing ticketing services for 10 of the continent’s largest airshows in 2011, AttendStar is poised for more. “We expect to do ticketing for 20 large airshows in 2011,” said Bradshaw.
To bring people to airshows and increase audience numbers, Pilot Journey created Airshow Alerts. Pilot Journey is also sending local flight schools in proximity to the airshows the names of people in the region who have signed up for Airshow Alerts, at no charge. Airshow Alerts is also being advertised on 11 national websites and with Google AdWords and has a count of over 120,000 names in just two months, developers say.