It's sponsored by AOPA.
If you've ever wanted to learn to fly, you may want to come to Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 2nd. That's when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is holding "Learn To Fly" day. "We will have aircraft on static displays for people to come out and see gliders, helicopters, any type of aircraft, we're going to have it there. We'll have information from the flight schools on learning to fly," says AOPA spokeswoman Brittney Miculka.
The event will take place from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, but anyone who shows up early can sign in, and take a trip in a plane. "And if you get in line, we'll put you in an airplane right away. Free flights for anyone ages eight and up," she says.
If you're interested in lessons, she says flight school representative will be on hand to answer questions.
Previously, on the first Saturday of June, AOPA held its annual "Fly-In," where aircraft and members would come in from all over the country, and visit the organization's headquarters. The public got a chance to see the planes. It was discontinued a few years ago. "It's very similar, but a lot of our focus for this event is really about the community for people who live near the airport, and have them come out and have an awesome experience," Miculka says.
She says there's a lot of freedom flying your own aircraft, and you don't have to go through airport security. Plus, Miculka says, there are great vistas to see from up in the sky. "It's just a wonderful view, especially out here in Frederick, and near Harpers Ferry. We've got the nice mountains and the river. It's just beautiful," she says.
There will also be a youth activities tent, where kids can, among other things, learn how to make paper airplanes.