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Young Eagles

Most kids at one time or another wonder what it would be like to fly.  Since 1992 the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has been offering youngsters a free introductory flight as part of the Young Eagles Program. More than 1.9 million kids have been introduced to flight so far. This program takes the mystery out of flying and makes it a reality for thousands of young people every year to enjoy the thrill of flight for the very first time.

The Young Eagle Program teaches participants how an airplane flies, gives them information on what it takes to be a pilot, and raises their awareness of aviation careers.

Click the image above to see the full brochure describing this program.   If you do not have Adobe Acrobat click here to get it now.

How Do I Become a Young Eagle?

If you are between 8 and 17 years old come to one of the rallies hosted by EAA Chapter 297 and have a parent or guardian sign the Young Eagle Registration Form which will be available at the time of the flight.

EAA Chapter 297 often conducts Young Eagle Rallies at which many youngsters are taken for an airplane flight on the same day at the same airport. See the Rallies page under the Calendar menu for upcoming Rally dates and places.

An individual flight may also be arranged by contacting the Young Eagle Coodinator Andrew Holbrook.   You may e-mail Andrew to schedule a flight or get more details about the Young Eagle program. You will be informed when a Young Eagle flight can be arranged.

Much more information about the program may be seen on the Young Eagles National website at www.youngeagles.org.

Information for Parents

The Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 by EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Our mission is to provide a meaningful flight experience, free of charge, in a general aviation aircraft for young people between the ages of 8 and 17. more

Who are the Pilots?

The pilots who participate in the local Young Eagles program are members of EAA Chapter 297 who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make the child's flight possible. Each Young Eagles pilot is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and all aircraft used are also registered by the FAA. The flight will be conducted according to federal regulations.   In addition, no aerobatic maneuvers will be permitted.

Since the inception of the program EAA Chapter 297's Young Eagle pilots have flown more than 2200 youngsters.