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Springfield Flying Club


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The Young Eagles Program was founded in 1992 and has provided more than 1 million free demonstration flights to young people. Through January 2004, young people around the world have participated in the program through the efforts of 35,000 volunteer pilots. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their expert handling of their airliner's emergency landing in the Hudson River in January 2009, are the new Chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles Program.

The Young Eagles Program's original goal of flying 1 million young people ages 8-17 was reached in October 2003. To date 1,529,088 Young Eagles have flown.

The Young Eagles Program hopes to achieve a number of objectives. They include:

  • Encouraging young people to become interested in flying;

  • Providing young people with an opportunity to gain new perspective on their community, their lives and the world in which they live;

  • Raising awareness of aviation career possibilities;

  • Helping young people understand the knowledge necessary to become a pilot;

  • Responding to concerns that the nation's pool of pilots is growing smaller because of fewer new pilot starts and the number of pilots who are growing older--a situation that could cause a shortage of military and commercial pilots in the coming years.

Each Young Eagle participant receives an official Young Eagle Certificate, signed by the pilot, following his or her flight experience. The name of each participant is then entered into the World's Largest Logbook, which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., and on the World Wide Web at

For more information on the EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagles Program, contact the Young Eagles Office, P.O. Box 2683, Oshkosh, WI 54903-2683, FAX (920)-426-6560, E-mail at or call (920)-426-4831. Young Eagles information is also available through the World Wide Web at