EAA's Learn to Fly Discovery Center
People pursuing the dream of becoming a
pilot can receive inspiration, information, guidance, and a community of
support at the Learn to Fly Center, which returns to EAA AirVenture this
summer. EAA will have the area staffed with experts eager to
answer questions and show skyward-gazing enthusiasts that the goal of
personal flight is attainable.
“Our message to every prospective pilot
is, ‘It’s easier than you think!’ Every pilot had to start
somewhere, and there is no better place to discover the joy of learning
to fly than at Oshkosh,” said Mark Forss, who coordinates the center.
The Learn to Fly Center will feature
certificated flight instructors, volunteer pilots, and celebrity pilots
making presentations, answering questions, and discussing the steps,
training, knowledge, and skills required 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
The Center also features 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.
Although the Center will focus its
attention on encouraging and equipping enthusiasts who are ready to take
the first step, the flight instructors there will also be available to
discuss all aspects of flight training, at all levels, with EAA members
who stop by. In fact, EAAers are encouraged to also bring along a friend
who might be interested in joining the piloting ranks.
The Learn To Fly Discovery Center is
located on Celebration Way, just south of EAA's Welcome Center
on the AirVenture grounds.