The Young Eagles Program has been developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future. Your child will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give new perspectives on the world and life in general. Participation in the Young Eagles Program will help him or her understand that an individual's potential is unlimited.
The mission of the EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagles Program is to provide a motivational experience, focusing on a demonstration flight in an airplane. These flights are provided free of charge to any youth wishing to participate.
Our goal is to reach 1 million young people by the year 2003 -
the dawn of aviation's second century and 50th anniversary of
The Experimental Aircraft
Association, EAA, is an international aviation membership
association founded in 1953. More than 150,000 people belong to
EAA, with Chapters located in all 50 states and many foreign
countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group,
including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business
people, even astronauts. They enjoy all types of airplanes,
including "experimental" aircraft (a category of airplanes
designated by the FAA, built by individual craftsmen instead of on
a factory assembly line). The Young Eagles Program is sponsored by
the EAA Aviation Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization
dedicated to the discovery and fulfillment of individual potential
through personal fight.
Retired General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was the first man to
fly faster than the speed of sound. A World War Il "ace" with more
than 14,000 hours of flight experience, General Yeager attributes
personal achievement to having high goals as a young person: "My
beginnings back in West Virginia tell who I am to this day. Mom and
Dad taught by example. Whatever l did, I determined to do the best
I could at it. Through the Young Eagles Program, kids can learn to
set high goals in all walks of life."
Have you ever wondered what it's like to fly? An Eagle Flight member doesn't have to imagine what flying is like. Each participant will become part of a special group who have shared in a common experience - the thrill of FLYING! You will have the chance to actually fly in an airplane and look at the world below you. You are invited to take to the skies and become a member of Eagle Flight.
Each Young Eagle participant will become a member of "Eagle
Flight". They will know the exhilaration and freedom of flight, as
shared by a dedicated pilot whose life has been positively
influenced by aviation. A Young Eagle will also come to see and
understand - as through the eyes of an eagle - that the true
potential of life lies beyond everyday surroundings and may be
reached through the pursuit of high personal goals.
If you are between age 8 and 17, read this flight kit information and have a parent or guardian complete the permission slip. Take this permission slip to an EAA member, He or she will help you prepare for a demonstration flight in an airplane. You can ask your volunteer pilot as many questions as you like. In doing so, you'll learn more about airplanes and the principals of flight. That's all there is to it, it's really that simple.
For more information on the program, write the Young Eagles
Office at: EAA Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 2683, Oshkosh, WI
54903-2683 or call (414) 426-4831.
After your flight, when your pilot has completed and mailed the Eagle Flight Registration Record, you will:
Be registered as an Eagle Flight member;
Receive a special issue of Sport Aviation For Kids magazine which will introduce you to aviation personalities and the wide range of activities available through aviation;
Have your name listed in the worlds largest logbook on display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI;
Obtain additional information on other aviation organizations and activities in your area;
Receive information on scholarship programs administered by the
EAA Aviation Foundation;
Flying in an airplane is safer than many other forms of recreation. Each Eagle Flight takes place in an FAA registered airplane flown by a licensed pilot. The flight is conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic or non-standard maneuvers will be performed.
Millions of people fly safely in airplanes every year. However, an airport is not a playground. Listen and follow instructions given by your pilot and follow these simple rules when you are around an airplane.
Stay away from propellers;
Listen carefully for instructions on entering and exiting the airplane;
Do not touch any part of an airplane without the pilots
First of all, your pilot will explain what you will do and see. This may include:
Telling you about the airplane;
Reviewing an aeronautical chart and identifying reference points you will look for during the flight;
Completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane;
Helping you buckle your seatbelt and describing the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel;
You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you may have.
You will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Like an eagle, you will soar among the clouds and understand the many possibilities that flight - and life in general - have to offer. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. You will, too.