May 15, 2010 10:35 PM by Mekialaya White

Happy "Fly Day"!

Dozens of Colorado Springs airplane enthusiasts celebrated the first international Learn to Fly Day on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by Experimental Aircraft Association, is an attempt to boost the aviation industry and increase enthusiasm in aspiring pilots, especially in younger children and adults. Experienced pilots provided demonstration flights, a retired NASA astronaut answered questions about his flight feats, and organizations like Grace Flight of America gave out information on how to get more involved in aviation.

"The smiles that we see from people and the joy of their expression... It's just hard to express the joy in seeing that," Allen Mathews, Peak Aviation Center Co-Owner, said of the event.

"It's about taking the skill that you have, being a volunteer and making something happen with it," Grace Flight pilot Anthony Rainey added.

To find and register at a flight school near you, visit


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