Young Eagles

EAA Young Eagles

Young Eagles Rallies - in the NC Triangle region

All rallies are dependent on weather and pilot/aircraft availability.  You can get more information by emailing Rick Mestler at Note: There is no limit to the number of rallies in which a youth may participate.

If you have a child that is interested in aviation and a free airplane ride, fill out a YE Interest Response and we'll put you on the list and will contact you as we plan our rallies.

Preregistration is highly recommended, but not required. As rallies are added to the registration tool they will show up at the bottom of this page where you can click the link to register. A parent or legal guardian must accompany their child to the rally and sign a form giving permission for the flight.


Chapter 1114 event planning for 2021:

COVID-19 continues to impact YE rally planning for 2021. However, we are currently planning to re-start rallies in the second half of the year, assuming the virus situation continues to moderate. As updated information becomes available, we will post it here.

There are three rallies currently being planned.

  • Henderson Oxford Airport - HNZ, August 14, rain date Sept 25
  • (Possible, still being nailed down) Sanford, Raleigh Exec - KTTA, Oct 9
  • Danville Regional Airport - DAN, Sept 11, rain date Oct 30th

Once these rallies are nailed down and entered into the EAA registration system, they will appear below to allow you to register for the event.

Other local EAA chapters may be planning Young Eagles rallies.

You can click here to view the current national list of planned Young Eagles events to see if there are any upcoming events near you.


Young Eagles Program

Our Young Eagles Coordinator volunteer is Rick Mestler. If you have any questions about the program, you can contact him by email at

Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated over 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids. If you have a child that is interested in aviation and a free airplane ride, fill out a YE Interest Response and we'll put you on the list and let you know when we have an upcoming rally or feel free to contact Rick directly (see above).

EAA Chapter 1114 has been honored by the national EAA leadership as one of the top 25 Chapters for Young Eagles flights. We've been flying kids for 25 years and, with over 17,000 kids flown, we are ranked the number two chapter in the world!

For parents, many of your questions can be answered by reading through this link to see information for parents.

If you would like to volunteer and get involved with this very worthwhile activity, it takes a number of pilot and non-pilot people to staff a rally. There is a lot of information on the national EAA site. Click here for more information. The events listing on the national website will show Young Eagles events across all North America.

For our Young Eagle volunteers and pilots, remember that you do not have to be part of an organized rally to fly Young Eagles. You can get the necessary participant forms, logbooks and certificates from Rick or directly from online. So if you find a young person that wants to go, take them up. Give the paperwork to Rick or you can mail it in yourself.
Young Eagles Coordinator
Name: Richard Mestler
City: Apex
Phone: 757-897-6282
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