Chapter 1279

French Valley Airport - Murrieta, CA

Young Eagles

In 1992, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) started a program called “Young Eagles”. The program was created to introduce young people, ages 8 through 17, into the world of General Aviation by providing a free plane ride.  These flights are offered through the generosity of local members of the EAA who volunteer their time and aircraft.

The program has maintained its popularity, in part, because of its simplicity.  A pilot and each Young Eagle conduct a preflight check of an airplane, focusing on how the airplane works and how pilots prepare to fly safely.  They then board the aircraft and take a brief (usually 15 to 20 minute) flight, where young people can discover more about the aircraft and the unique perspective from the sky.

Following the flight, each Young Eagle receives a certificate signed by the pilot and has his or her name entered in the “World’s Largest Logbook”, which is on permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum and through the web site.

EAA Chapter 1279 (Murrieta) and Friends of the Fallbrook Community Airpark combine their efforts and conduct Young Eagle flight rallies twice a year at the Fallbrook Airpark.  The dates typically fall on a Saturday in the months of April and October. 

Information regarding the Young Eagles program may be found at   Answers to questions regarding our local program may be directed to our Coordinator, Peter Griffiths, at  or (951) 775-8909.



The Fall 2017 Young Eagle Rally is scheduled to be held on October 7, 2017.  Sorry, but registrations are now closed for this rally as all available slots have been filled.

A Young Eagle Rally is planned for sometime in April 2018.  Please check back in early 2018 for updated information on this rally.



EAA Chapter 1279 April 15, 2017 Young Eagle Rally Completed.

The EAA Chapter 1279's most recent Young Eagle Rally was held at the Fallbrook Airport on Saturday April 15th and was a very successful event with 37 new Young Eagles flown.  Pictures 
can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Young Eagles Pictures - April 15, 2017 Rally

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