What is the Young Eagles program?
The EAA Young Eagles is a program launched in 1992 to give interested young people an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.
What to Expect During Your Young Eagles Flight
When you are ready to go flying, your pilot will take you out to the airplane. A typical young eagle flight will include the following.
Your pilot will tell you about the different parts of the airplane.
Complete a careful "walk around" pre-flight inspection of the airplane.
Discuss the different parts of the airplane that control the flight of the airplane.
You will then get into the airplane. Your pilot will help you fasten your seat belt and give you further instructions about the equipment in the airplane and about the flight.
After the pilot starts the engine and checks that everything is ready for flight, you taxi out to the runway for takeoff. Now get ready to have fun!
Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way; 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.
You’ll see how much different things on the ground look when you see them from an airplane. This is the fun part.
After an enjoyable 15-20 minute ride you will return to the airport for landing.
Once back on the ground you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. Be sure to have your family take a picture of you and your pilot in front of the airplane so you can show your friends.
You will also receive an official Young Eagles Logbook, signed by your personal pilot.
We hope that you will take advantage of the unique opportunity to get a free airplane ride. We know that you will enjoy it.
Our EAA chapter holds about 4-5 Young Eagle events a year.
2016 Young Eagles Flight Schedule
How to Register for a Young Eagles Flight
For more information or to register for a flight please contact us by completing the form below. Our Young Eagle coordinator will contact you for time and date availability. Safety is paramount, so inclement weather may cause an event to be rescheduled or delayed.
Note – a parent or legal guardian must accompany the participants to the airport to read and sign the Young Eagles Registration Form. Information for Parents
For those interested in aviation beyond the Young Eagle flight can participate at EAA’s Air Academy. This is a week-long youth summer camp held at EAA’s home in Oshkosh, WI. There are several sessions of this aviation-themed camp held each summer. The camp includes a variety of hands-on activities that teach young people about the world of aviation. Activities include flight planning, aircraft construction techniques, and flight simulation. The camp is structured into 3 age groups:
Young Eagles Camp (ages 12 and 13)
Basic Camp (ages 14 and 15)
Advanced Camp (ages 16, 17 and 18)
Each year, EAA Chapter 237 provides scholarships for several kids to attend the EAA Air Academy. Candidates are chosen from Young Eagles who show a strong interest in aviation and are active within the Chapter. The Chapters cover 100% of the camp tuition and also provide transportation to and from the camp.
If you would like additional information about the EAA Air Academy, please send us a message via our “registration section” above. If you would like to help support our Air Academy scholarships, your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated! To donate click About EAA 237 and go to the bottom of the page.
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