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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 EAA.

What is EAA and the EAA Aviation Foundation?

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.

Chuck Yaeger, Honorary Chairman, Young Eagles Steering Committee

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."

What's this program about?

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.

What do I have to do to become a member of Eagle Flight?

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.

What are some of the other benefits of becoming an Eagle Flight member?

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;
And more....

Will it be safe?

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 permission;

What will happen?

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.