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Help inspire future pilots on May 15

Looking up...inspiration for future pilots...Last year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA President Tom Poberezny took the stage and named May 15 EAA’s “International Learn to Fly Day.” AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller later spoke at the same event about how AOPA’s membership, both domestic and abroad, would help in making this event successful.

International Learn to Fly Day is aimed at growing the pilot population by doing two things: tearing down the perceived walls at airports, and getting future pilots up in the sky for their first flight.

If you want to do your part in ensuring the International Learn to Fly Day is a success, plan to do one of the following:

  • Give a first flight—Ask if any friends or family members are interested in learning to fly. You may be surprised by who is interested. Bring along a teacher, local businessperson, or anyone else you think could benefit from seeing his or her community from above.
  • Organize an airport event—Many people seem to think airports are completely off-limits. Show them how welcoming airports can be by inviting friends and family over to your hangar, FBO, or airport viewing area for a cookout, or a “show and tell” with the airplanes. Check with your airport contacts to see if anyone would like to help with the event planning. If you have an EAA chapter at your airport, be sure to coordinate your efforts.

Check out AOPA Online for more information on how you can share your passion for flight this May 15.

Topics: Advocacy

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