Members of local Chapter 241 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) are part of an international effort to make dreams of flight come true for young people. Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, August 18, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 241 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.
The rally is 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 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
“Many children are curious about flying and would welcome a first-hand experience. Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Rose Ellen May, spokesman for the event. “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.”
During each flight, the pilots demonstrate how airplanes fly and the proper preparations for a safe flight. After a short introductory airplane ride, each Young Eagle receives a logbook to record their flight experience. Young Eagles also have access to a free EAA student membership; a free online pilot training course; the opportunity to earn a first flight lesson and access to flight training scholarships and awards.
In addition, each Young Eagle is entered into the World’s Largest Logbook housed within the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The logbook records the Young Eagle, the participating pilot, the date of the flight and the aircraft used. The Logbook is also accessible on the web at http://www.youngeagles.org.
Those attending the flight rally on Saturday, August 18 are asked come to the main terminal building at 9AM to register for their flight. Flights will begin at approximately 9 AM, with registration closing at 10:30 AM. Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the internet, www.eaa241.org.