|EAA’s Learn to Fly Discovery Center is being prepared to welcome potential students. In addition to the Tecnam Sierra pictured here are a range of flying experiences to be had from desktop to full-motion simulators.
Is learning to fly on your bucket list? Have you driven by the airport thinking you’d stop someday but never have? Or perhaps you started flight training but did not finish?
If so, then EAA’s Learn to Fly Discovery Center should be among your “must-see” destinations during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. It’s the place for would-be pilots to learn more about learning to fly, for non-current pilots to get re-energized, and for current pilots to learn more about upgrading their skills and ratings. Sponsored by Tecnam Aircraft, the Learn to Fly Discovery Center is located just across from the EAA Welcome Center at the corner of Celebration Way and Knapp Street Road and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Center will feature flight simulators and flight instructors will be available to answer questions and guide you in discussions about flight training.
Redbird Flight Simulators will once again showcase its acclaimed Redbird FMX for the aviation curious and those considering flight training. The Redbird FMX is a full-motion, feature-rich advanced training device, and your flight will be guided by a flight instructor. A demo flight in Redbird’s immersive simulator will inspire you to get started in a real aircraft.
A second set of simulators is available courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Many flying enthusiasts have wondered what became of the legacy left behind by Microsoft’s departure from the flight simulation software world. Come find out by visiting the Lockheed Martin Prepar3D simulation area, where four desktop simulation environments, running Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3d program, which is based on Microsoft Flight Sim ESP, will be on display. Talk with Lockheed Martin representative John Nicol to learn more about future plans for Prepar3d and what it may have in store for the aspiring pilot.
Young Eagles who have not yet signed up for the EAA Flight Plan may do so at the Learn to Fly Center. That program provides Young Eagles with a free student membership to EAA, supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and access to Sporty’s Online Flight Training Course, a free first flight lesson, and the opportunity to earn a flight training scholarship, all courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop. In other words, it’s a great road to becoming a pilot.
AOPA also will be in the center encouraging interested would-be pilots to sign a pledge to begin flight training within the next year as a way to spur them into action. Those who sign the pledge will receive free six-month memberships to both EAA and AOPA as well as six-month subscription to AOPA’s Flight Training magazine.
Throughout each day of the convention, certificated flight instructors (CFIs) will be available to answer individual questions about everything training related - from primary training to maintaining currency to upgrading to a new certificate level.
And every day, there’ll be forums and speakers. Click here to check out the current schedule.
Stop by and partake in the energy and excitement of learning to fly!