Young Eagles take to the skyTwenty-six young people from the Alexandria area took to the skies Saturday, April 25 with members of Chapter 702 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
Twenty-six young people from the Alexandria area took to the skies Saturday, April 25 with members of Chapter 702 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
The rally was part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.
Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.3 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. The rally is an annual event for the local chapter.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Don Clobes, chapter president. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”
Pilots at the event also explained more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person received a certificate, making them an official Young Eagle. Their names are then entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles website is www.youngeagles.org.