Grab a friend who wants to learn how to fly, and head to AOPA's sixteenth annual Fly-In and Open House in Frederick, Maryland, this morning. It will be the perfect way to introduce your friend to GA.
From the time you arrive, whether you fly or drive in, you will be greeted by AOPA employees and given the red carpet treatment: Get VIP access to more than 50 of the latest GA aircraft, do a photo shoot to get your picture on the cover of AOPA Pilot, and rub elbows with AOPA President Phil Boyer, Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg, aviation humorist Rod Machado, and pilot-adventurer Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of Charles Lindbergh!
Throughout the day, you and your friend will learn about AOPA's Project Pilot program. Your friend will find out what it takes to learn how to fly - and how doable it is - and you'll see how you can be a mentor to make it as easy as possible for your friend to become a pilot. But you can also sharpen your piloting skills by attending safety seminars about IFR flying, decision making, emergency procedures, and more.
Updated: June 3, 2006, 5:47 a.m. EDT