Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our Chapter.
The Chappie James Chapter
Valkaria Airport, Malabar, Florida
It's Young Eagles Day at Valkaria!
EAA Chaper 1288 held a Young Eagle's rally at Valkaria Airport Saturday, December 18, 2021. The enthusiasm of the children who were provided free rides in chapter member's aircraft was obvious as they streamed into the Valkaria Terminal building's lobby to meet their pilots. It was only matched by that of their parents who followed the kids out to the ramp to take pictures as they boarded the aircraft for a 20 minute ride over southern Brevard County and the Indian River. EAA 1288 members escorted those accompanying the children on the airport ramp during the event in order to assure safe use of the airport facilities. The Young Eagles program is sponsored nationally by the Experimental Aircraft Association with which EAA Chapter 1288 is affiliated. More than a million children ages 9-17 have received their first look at the earth from a private aircraft because of this program. Its intent is to introduce youngsters to the joys of aviation and perhaps interest them in learning to fly or pursuing an aviation career. The Valkaria EAA chapter is planning additional Young Eagles events in 2022