Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on May 20, as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1600 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Delaware Municipal Airport, Jim Moore Field.
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 2 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bob Leffler, 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.”
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing youngsters to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be 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.
In addition to the Certificate the new Young Eagle will be given a Logbook with an access code for a complete free online Flight Training course offered by Sporty’s. After completing the Solo Module, students may be eligible for a Free Flight Lesson.
For those students who successfully take this course, the EAA will reimburse students for passing the FAA Private Pilot written examination.
Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include static aircraft displays and and other aviation related displays.
Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.
Those attending the flight rally on May 20th are asked come to EAA 1600 Chapter Shelter (first gate east of the terminal drive on Pittsburgh Drive), starting at 9 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9 a.m., with registration closing at noon. EAA Chapter 1600 will host a pancake breakfast (donations only) from 8-10 a.m.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at www.eaa.org.
The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org. Information about EAA Chapter 1600 can be found at eaadlz.org or on Facebook.com/EaaAtDlz.com.