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 www.youngeagles.org 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 www.youngeagles.org. Answers to questions regarding our local program may be directed to our Coordinator, Peter Griffiths, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.