published: Friday, October 12, 2012
Young Eagles plan Flight Rally
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1240 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally and Pancake Breakfast at Sebring Regional 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.
"Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," said John Rousch, 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 young people 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, Wis.
The Logbook is also accessible on the web at www.youngeagles.org.
Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include a pancake breakfast where funds go to youth aviation education and guided tours of aircraft and how activities at an airport are conducted.
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 Saturday are asked come the Sebring Regional Airport and follow the signs to T-hanger 75. Young Eagle registration starts at 7:30 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 8 a.m. with registration closing at 11 a.m.
Young Eagles must have a parent or legal guardian sign the registration form to be able to fly.
If time and space allows, parents of the Young Eagle youth will be able to take an orientation flight with an EAA pilot.
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.
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