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First Flight for You Rally

Sep 06, 2019 08:53PM ● By Ed Helmick

Most of us have looked skyward and thought how much fun it would be to learn to fly.  Then, believing it is too expensive or too dangerous, we’ve dismissed the notion. It’s time to dispel the misconceptions and learn how easy, low cost and safe learning to fly can be.

The Utah County Chapter of the EAA is hosting a free “Flying Start” informational program at the Spanish Fork Airport on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. It is one of many Flying Start events being held nationwide.

The Flying Start program introduces interested individuals to the fun, freedom, and accessibility of general aviation. The program consists of a presentation and video that provides information on everything from what is involved in flight training, to which pilot certificate would be best suited for each individual, to how much it will cost in both time and money. 

Flying Start attendees will also have the opportunity to experience aviation for themselves with a free introductory Eagle Flight and informal mentorship from an EAA volunteer pilot.  Many forms of flight will be discussed, including airplane, helicopter, gyrocopter, sailplane/glider, powered parachute, powered paraglider and, hot air balloon.

EAA has approximately 800 chapters around the world, which provide activities for local aviation enthusiasts with a mission of growing participation in aviation by sharing “The Spirit of Aviation.”   Chapter activities range from monthly meetings to airport open houses, fly-ins, educational programs, building and restoring aircraft and pancake breakfasts that share aviation with the community and build a strong bond between local aviation and the public.

EAA chapters are the backbone of the International EAA organization, which has more than 200,000 members.  The local organizations include general EAA chapters as well as specialized chapters for vintage aircraft, Ward, Ultralight and Aerobatic flight enthusiasts.

For more information about this Flying Start session, contact Michael Duke at [email protected] or online at 753.eaachapter.org/events/htm. Participants may register using the link,  or directly at https://zfrm.com/Uat43QZy7WKqgHY7zbTe. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)