EAA Heartland Chapter 1240 - The Spirit of Aviation

Young Eagles

What is a Young Eagle Flight?

Since 1992, more than 1.8 million young people have had the opportunity to receive a FREE flight experience from the EAA’s network of volunteer pilots. This introductory flight typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes, and for many of these kids it was the start of their journey into the exciting and rewarding educational and career opportunities that the field of aviation offers. Children will receive their flight, a personal pilot’s logbook, their name will be entered in the World’s Largest Logbook, and they will be eligible for online learning opportunities to further their knowledge of aviation and all that it has to offer.

The Heartland EAA Chapter’s mission is to raise funds so that we can award scholarships to Young Eagles who are interested in working towards their pilot’s license. Following the Young Eagle flight, we provide many ongoing programs for youth in order to keep them interested in aviation as well as give them the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with aircraft.

If you would like more information on Young Eagle Flights, please contact John Rousch at jhr@strato.net or call 863-385-8107 or request more information on our Young Eagle Information Request Page.

What will the flight be like?

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect?
First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the flight; completing a careful “walk around” preflight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!

Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don’t forget, you’ll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Harrison Ford.

 

We look forward to adding your name to the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles! For more information, visit the EAA Young Eagles Website.

Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by nearly 40,000 volunteer pilots.

Five Steps to the Young Eagles Program

  1. Young Eagles Flight
    http://www.youngeagles.org/flightplan/
  2. EAA Student Membership
    http://www.youngeagles.org/flightplan/student_membership.asp
  3. Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course
    http://www.youngeagles.org/flightplan/sportys_course.asp
  4. Your First Flight Lesson
    http://www.youngeagles.org/flightplan/free_flight_lesson.asp
  5. Flight Training Scholarships
    http://www.youngeagles.org/flightplan/scholarships.asp

For More Information

If you would like more information on Young Eagle Flights, please contact John Rousch at jhr@strato.net or call 863-385-8107 or request more information on our Young Eagle Information Request Page.