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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedWant to Fly? Visit EAA's Learn To Fly Discovery Center
Cessna Pilot Centers offer $5,000 flight-training package!
  
People 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 attainable.

"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 Oshkosh."

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 piloting ranks.

Look for the Learn To Fly Discovery Center west of AeroShell Square, just south of the EAA Welcome Center.

 

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