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Free Airplane Rides for Adults on International Learn to Fly Day May 19

As part of a national effort to raise the positive profile of general aviation, Chapter 677 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is offering free airplane rides (weather permitting) as part of their International Learn to Fly Day event at Flightways Columbus at the Columbus Airport, 3250 West Britt David Road, on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

            International Learn to Fly Day will make it easy for adults age 18 and older interested in learning to fly to take the first steps toward that goal through “discovery” flights, meeting the local aviation community, exploring several avenues of flight training options and spending “hands-on” time with a wide variety of aircraft. Admission is free.

Adults 18 and older will be offered free orientation rides…

Better known for its monthly “Young Eagle Rallies” for children on the last Saturday of each month, EAA 677 is focusing on older passengers for International Learn to Fly Day.

“We are focusing on those who are not only eager to fly, but also likely to start lessons,” said Ernie Kelly, Chapter 677 President.  “That’s why we’re limiting the free rides to those 18 and older.  Those 17 and younger are welcome to join us for our May 26 Young Eagles event.”

Rides for qualified participants are free. Those who want to start training immediately after their rides will be introduced to participating instructors, who will explain everything involved in becoming a certificated pilot.


Local, regional and international flight schools will be represented…

            The EAA Chapter 677 International Learn to Fly Day event is one of hundreds of Learn to Fly Day activities being held May 19 across the country by local chapters of the EAA and other aviation organizations.  Skyline Columbus, based at Columbus Airport and the only flight school currently open to the public in the Chattahoochee Valley, will have aircraft and instructors present.  Auburn University’s Aviation Program will be sharing information about the various majors offered to college-bound students with an interest in aviation careers.  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) will announce their recent partnerships with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Columbus State University (CSU), Columbus Technical College (CTC), and South Georgia Technical College (SGTC).  They will also provide information about distance learning and the five modalities for achieving a degree, its credit transfer program in Columbus, and their new degree programs which complement their aviation/aerospace-focused education.



For more information about International Learn to Fly Day, please go to http://www.eaa.org/calendar/eventdetail.aspx?id=12813. For details on activities in Columbus, please call 706-325-5933.

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