Do you remember the complete exhilaration of your first flight?
Or the sensations, sights and sounds that flooded your mind with possibilities?
And can you picture the friend, instructor or mentor that showed you that flying was an open door to adventure and a lifetime of discovery?
For many of us, it was one of the most intense experiences of our life.
Someone probably helped you find your way to the local airport. Possibly he or she was a pilot who owned their own airplane and took you flying.
You owe that pilot a nod of thanks every time you fly.
More importantly, it’s time to pay it forward and return the favor to a new generation of pilots in waiting.
It’s up to you--all pilots, really-- to take on you share of the responsibility to help grow the General Aviation pilot population--by simply taking a friend or business associate flying. By introducing yourself, your airplane, you’re flying skills and passion to your neighbors, family and friends—you are doing your part to help reserve your rights and privileges to fly.
Currently, less than one percent of the U.S. population has ever flown in a non-military, single engine or twin piston airplane, and less than a quarter of one percent of our population has ever flown in a business turboprop or jet. Worse, very few Americans have a friend or business contact who flies their own airplane
It’s time that pilots like us recognize that our freedom to fly—the liberty to take off where and when we want at reasonable cost without government interference-- is endangered—and that all of us are responsible if we are to rebuild a vibrant GA community.
If we are to maintain our freedom to fly, we need more voices supporting us, more adults learning to fly and a new wave of qualified pilots interested in owning an airplane.
With a shrinking, aging pilot population and a shrinking, aging fleet of GA airplanes—the time for action in right now.
It’s never been more important to share your passion for flying with your kids, neighbors and business contacts.
Chances are that very few of them have ever flown in a GA airplane—or taken an hour of flight training.
Yet, learning to fly is a dream shared by most adults.
Our purpose is to enlist pilots like you to invite friends, family and business associates to ride along and take the controls on a FirstFlight experience piloted by you—in your owned, rented or club airplane—as a starting point in their journey to become a pilot.
If we don’t ante up and kick in our contribution of time and avgas, soon, the U.S. could look like Europe with spiraling regulations, limited airport access and wave after wave of user fees. And at some point, various government entities will chip away more aggressively at our freedoms to fly—because without a concerted effort from all of us, there will be fewer voices to speak up for the right and privilege of flying.
That’s why we are launching Invitationtofly.com and the FirstFlight Experience.