Sport Pilot Kevin Kopp waits while flight instructor Jim Kress
works up an application for Kopp’s student paperwork, one of
the many services offered at the Learn to Fly Center at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Photo by Dave Higdon
Sanders, chairman of the Learn to Fly Discovery Center at AirVenture,
has a medical warning for potential pilots.
is addictive," he said. "And there’s no 12-step program for
could hardly have a more enthusiastic advocate than Sanders, who is
otherwise a flight instructor. Teaching, he said, is his way of giving
back for the privilege of flying.
get to see things nobody else can see," he said.
to Fly Discovery Center has received a great response from visitors to
its speaker program, with expert flight instructors—members of the
National Association of Flight Instructors—telling audiences about the
joy of flying. The center also has been issuing sport pilot student
pilot certificates at a rate of more than 100 a day.
Some 3,000 people will
pass through the Learn to Fly Discovery Center by the time AirVenture
ends. That is just fine with Sanders. "I’m selling flying,"
he said. "It couldn’t get any better than this."