Airplanes are happier on grass!
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
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
Providing young people with an opportunity to
gain new perspective on their community, their lives and the world in which
Raising awareness of aviation career
- 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 http://www.youngeagles.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920)-426-4831. Young Eagles information is also available through the World Wide Web at http://www.youngeagles.com.