International Learn to Fly Day free event Saturday

Bradley Sullivan, owner of Colorado Flight Center, stands in front of one of the planes that will be on display at International Learn to Fly Day Saturday at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

For many learning to fly an aircraft is the ultimate in adventure and freedom.

“I think most people have a dream of wanting to fly at least once,” said Bradley Sullivan, whose company Colorado Flight Center, is hosting a free event Saturday in honor of Learn To Fly Day at Grand Junction Regional Airport. 

Sullivan said many of his students have practical reasons for learning to fly such as family vacations or business travel freedom.

This is the inagural event started by the EAA Experimental Aircraft and Cessna.

The day will begin with a presentation and tour of Colorado Flight Center which is the only full service flight training facility in Western Colorado. It is also a registered Cessna Pilot Center which makes it able to offer a full array of flight training resources within the Cessna network.

There will be tours of the center’s various aircraft, information about the joys of flying and information about flight school. A free barbecue will follow.

Attendees will be entered to win one of three free airplane rides that will take place Saturday. They will also be entered into a national contest to win either $5,000 or $10,000 toward flight school costs.

Tickets are free and are available at

“This is a great way to introduce people who want to fly to the program,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan added that there is no age limit to begin lessons. A pilot does need to be 16-years-old to fly solo, and 17-years-old to be private pilot certified.

More information is available at


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