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Tue, Apr 18, 2023

EAA International Young Eagles Day Slated for 10 June

Event-Related Webinar Presented 18 April

The 30th annual International Young Eagles Day will be held on 10 June 2023. The yearly event is undertaken to encourage all EAA members and chapters to participate in the Young Eagles program. In 2023, the EAA is stepping up its support of EAA International Young Eagles Day by hosting a webinar for Young Eagles volunteers.

Parties interested in learning more about the Young Eagles program or volunteering in service of such are invited to take part in the aforementioned webinar, which will be presented by EAA Eagles program manager David Leiting. Over the course of the ninety-minute webinar, Mr. Leiting will review Young Eagles rally planning best practices, Young Eagles online registration, the proper means by which to integrate the new digital signature app, and a great many more topics germane to the Young Eagles initiative.

The webinar, titled Planning for International Young Eagles Day, will be presented on the evening of Tuesday, 18 April 2023 from 19:00 to 20:30 CST. Parties interested in taking part in what promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation are invited to register

In EAA parlance, Young Eagles are children, ages 8 to 17, who are taken aloft in the personal aircraft of EAA members that they may experience the joys and wonders of flight—often for the first time in their young lives. The flights are most often round-robin affairs, departing from and returning to the same local airport. Young Eagles are accompanied by their parents or guardians, who take part in airport tours and pre-and-post-flight procedures and briefings. These discovery flights are offered free of charge by local EAA chapters chartered by the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based EAA National parent organization.

Worldwide, EAA chapters number in excess of nine hundred—the majority of which are based in the United States, typically on or near secondary or regional airfields the likes of LEE. In some cases, however, Young Eagle flights have launched from remote grass runways.

The Young Eagle program exists for purpose of inspiring young people to cultivate interests in aviation—perhaps even to aspire to careers in the pilot, air traffic control, or aerospace engineering fields. Neither textbooks, films, video games, nor virtual reality simulations can captivate the young soul, spark the evolving imagination, or stoke the nascent passions for freedom and adventure quite so powerfully and viscerally as the experience of actual flight in a light aircraft.

Young Eagle flights most often span twenty to thirty minutes. In some cases, youngsters are flown over their neighborhoods, homes, or schools. In such instances as an aircraft is equipped with dual-controls, EAA pilots may, at their discretion, offer Young Eagles the opportunity to hand-fly for short periods of time. Young people amenable to taking the controls—which is to say, most of them—are instructed in the rudiments of powered flight by their EAA pilots. There is little a neophyte pilot can do to seriously imperil an aircraft safely at altitude and under the command of a certificated pilot.

A virtual constant of Young Eagle flights is the state of unbridled excitement and giddy triumph in which kids return to the ground—assailing their parents with enthusiastically-told tales of their experiences aloft.

Upon the completion of a flight, Young Eagles receive an official aviator’s logbook and a certificate commemorating the experience—both signed by the pilot under whose auspices they flew. Many children enjoy the experience to such a degree that they become regulars, showing up eagerly every time a local EAA chapter holds a Young Eagle Rally. Such youngsters are often excellent candidates for EAA aviation youth programs.

In addition to the aforementioned logbook and certificate, kids who take part in Young Eagle flights receive, free of charge, a Sporty’s [Pilot Shop] online Learn to Fly course and a free flight lesson. Also, they receive free access to over three-hundred science and technology museums and student memberships to the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Young Eagles who become active in certain EAA aviation youth programs are eligible to compete for an annual $11,000 Ray Aviation Scholarship applicable to flight-training at the flight-school of their choice.

FMI: www.eaa.orgwww.youngeagles.org

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