pursuing the dream of becoming a pilot can receive inspiration,
information, guidance, and a community of support at the Learn to Fly
Discovery Center, which returns to EAA AirVenture this summer. EAA and
its affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI),
will have the area staffed with experts eager to answer questions and
show skyward-gazing enthusiasts that the goal of personal flight is
"Our message to every prospective
pilot is, 'It's easier than you think!'" said Mark Forss, center
coordinator. "Every pilot had to start somewhere, and there is no
better place to discover the joy of learning to fly than at
Some of the people you'll meet there
include certificated flight instructors (CFIs), volunteer pilots, and
celebrity pilots. Enjoy presentations, have your questions answered, and
discuss what steps, training, knowledge, and skills you'll need to
pursue the world's most exhilarating pastime - flying for fun. Think of
it as a "head start" for prospective pilots, including a
ground-school sessions and flight simulator experiences.
The Center will also feature information
on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, the EAA-led movement that
significantly lowers the time commitment required to become a pilot, the
cost of training, and the price of new aircraft. Sport pilot training
applies toward more advanced certificates, so it's a great way to get
started in aviation for anyone - even those who ultimately want to
advance and eventually become commercial pilots.
To facilitate that first step, the Learn
to Fly Discovery Center will provide FAA-authorized sport pilot student
pilot certificates (a $50 value), issued free of charge for EAA members.
Plus, as a way to jump-start the process
to becoming a pilot, the Learn to Fly Center will give away a $5,000
flight-training package provided by Cessna Pilot Centers. Complete
details are available at the center.
Although the Center will focus its
attention on encouraging and equipping enthusiasts who are ready to take
the first step, flight instructors will also be available to discuss all
aspects of flight training at all levels. In fact, EAAers are encouraged
to also bring along a friend who might be interested in joining the
Look for the Learn To Fly Discovery
Center west of AeroShell Square, just south of the EAA Welcome Center.