Young Eagles Program

What is EAA Young Eagles?

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages  8-17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane.  These flights are made possible by the generosity of EAA member volunteers.  Since 1992, more than 1.3 Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program.  Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 countries and have been flown by more than 41,000 volunteer pilots.   Participation is easy. Click Here to find the closest volunteer pilot

So what is the flight like?

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect?

First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the flight; completing a careful “walk around” preflight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!

Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don’t forget, you’ll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Harrison Ford.
posted by mamaw

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