EAA Chapter 110 Young Eagles:
The Young Eagles program was established by EAA National in 1992 to welcome young people into the world of aviation. It is the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire young people in the world of aviation. Today, more than 2 million young people between the ages of 8-17 have enjoyed a free introductory flight through the Young Eagles program. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers, including the EAA Chapter 110 members.
EAA Chapter 110 has a robust Young Eagles program with as many as seven events per year. These events draw, on average, 50 young men and women per rally.
What do you hope to gain by taking my child flying?
Each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general. Young Eagles program participants will understand that an individual’s potential is unlimited and for them, the sky is the limit!
Who are the pilots?
The pilots participating in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make your child’s flight possible. Each pilot is licensed by the FAA and all aircraft are likewise licensed by the government. The flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed.
How does my child become a Young Eagle?
If your child is between the ages of 8 and 17, find a Young Eagles coordinator or pilot near you. As a parent, you’ll need to complete a Young Eagle registration form that is available from your pilot. They can help you fill out the form and answer any other specific questions you may have.
What will the flight be like?
First, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart and identifying reference points during the flight, completing a careful “walk around” pre-flight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane, helping buckle your child’s seat belt, and describing the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel.
Once in the air, your child will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. They will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. The length of the flight will depend on many factors, but most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes.
Back on the ground, there will be additional time for questions after the flight. Please note that each pilot is encouraged to follow the Young Eagle pilot guidelines, but also has the freedom to customize the flight to make the most of local conditions and facilities.
What happens to the registration form?
After the flight is completed, the pilot will issue your child the official EAA Young Eagles logbook or certificate. The pilot then returns the registration form to the EAA Young Eagles office, where the flight will be officially registered in the World’s Largest Logbook.
At the same time, EAA understands that privacy is important. Only basic information is displayed on the web and your address and phone number will never become part of the public database.
EAA will send your child follow-up information about our free on-line ground school course, details regarding other youth aviation programs, and EAA scholarships. Your child’s name and e-mail address will not be sold or used for commercial purposes. EAA is sensitive to keeping you and your child’s contact information confidential.
Here is Howard Edwards story of getting the Young Eagles started in Chapter 110.
By 1997 EAA’s Young Eagle program was a proven success and I thought it would be fun to take charge. On one of our first programs we flew approximately 300 “kids”. We had great cooperation with the flying services and pilots who donated their time, planes and fuel. The we read that another Chapter, in Iowa I believe, had flown over 500 in one event. We said to ourselves, “We can beat that” so the following year we did! We claim the unofficial record of having flown more than 650 kids in one day!
For this, Chapter 110 was honored at the annual Oshkosh AirVenture. Trophies were presented to Jack Kuhns, Jim Nolen and me by Chuck Yeager who was the Young Eagles Program honorary chairman at the time. Again we had outstanding cooperation by all involved but decided we needed parallel runways if we were to try this again.
The Chapter continues with its very successful Young Eagles Program, providing free flights to young people, ages 8 to 18.
Go to the Photo Galleries to see pictures of some of our Young Eagle events.