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EAA Young Eagles Program

by John M. White |

In 1992 the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) launched a program to attract youngsters to aviation called the Young Eagles Program.  EAA member pilots, among whom are Harrison Ford, provide flight experiences for young people all around the world. Since the programs inception more than 40,000 volunteer pilots have flown over 1.4 million children introducing them to the world of aviation.  Each Young Eagle flight provides a basic flight experience in a general aviation aircraft such as a Piper Cherokee, Cessna Skyhawk or Beech Bonanza. Before each flight the Young Eagle is given an explanation of how the various parts of the aircraft work and how to prepare the aircraft and pilot for a safe and enjoyable flight.  Following this instruction the pilot takes the youngster for a 15 to 20 minute flight in the aircraft. Upon landing the youngster is encouraged to visit the website for Young Eagles and receives a beautiful certificate signed by the pilot and Harrison Ford.  The flight is then recorded in the World’s Largest Logbook where every Young Eagle will find themselves listed. Every year during AirVenture in Oshkosh there is an awards dinner for Young Eagle volunteers and supporters along with the annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser to further the program. This year the dinner will be on July 30th followed by the fundraiser on July 31st. If you are going to this year’s AirVenture program be sure to sign up for a free ticket for the dinner at AirVenture Oshkosh and join those celebrating the Young Eagles program. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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