Volunteers Needed International Learn to Fly Day
Volunteers Needed: International Learn to Fly Day
To promote air mail service and aviation in 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the U.S. Postmaster-General created a National Air Mail Week campaign in which 210 Minnesota cities adopted special seals and pilots from around the state delivered the mail to Wold-Chamberlain Field for a major celebration. The 75th anniversary of this event coincides with International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 18, an annual event to support flying through airport open houses, flights and special events.
AirSpace Minnesota, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates the region’s past, present and future aviation legacy, is organizing a commemorative event to reinforce the importance of Minnesota airports and aviation to Minnesota’s economic past and future. On May 18 , Minnesota communities are invited to send a pilot representative to a celebration in the Twin Cities. The concept includes:
• A send-off event at each airport with participation from postmasters, mayors, historical societies and other business and community leaders.
• Arrival at the Anoka and Flying Cloud MAC reliever airports. Pilots will be welcomed and photographed on arrival.
• Shuttle to a ceremony adjacent to MSP at Fort Snelling, where all pilots will deliver their commemorative item and be thanked by dignitaries. An exciting social event featuring the Piccard family (for whom Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek was named) and other special guests and activities will follow.
“This is a unique opportunity for our aviation community to engage in a coordinated media effort that highlights the value of aviation in a dynamic, high profile way,” said Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder & CEO of Cirrus Aircraft and AirSpace Minnesota Board Chair. “We hope people will have fun with this and use it as a great kick start to cross-promote all the wonderful summer aviation events available in our region.”