The pilots of the EAA chapter 960 donate their time and airplanes to introduce these children to flying.
The Young Eagles program consists of a short class where the basic principles of flight are demonstrated to
the children and includes discussions about career opportunities in the aviation industry. Afterward, the
children are taken outside to look at an airplane and the different parts such as wings, flaps, engines, and
instruments are explained. Finally, each of the children are given a ride in an airplane around the local
area. Unlike typical airplane rides, the pilots encourage the children to ask questions and participate in
actually getting a feel of the controls while in flight. This provides the children with a learning experience,
not just an airplane ride. After the flight, each child is presented with an official looking Young Eagles
certificate documenting the date and location the flight took place, the type of aircraft, and the name of the
pilot who shared this experience. Also, each child's name is sent to the national EAA headquarters and entered
into the "World's Largest Logbook" maintained at the EAA Air Adventure Museum located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The EAA chapter encourages any local groups that work with children to contact the EAA 960 local Young Eagles
Brad Durrett to get more information about how your organization
can participate in this exciting program.
Visit the International Young Eagles web page.