EAA Chapter 1397

Mississippi Headwaters Flyers of Bemidji, MN

Young Eagles

EAA Young EaglesFounded in 1992, the Young Eagles program is dedicated to giving youth ages 8–17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

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. 

For more information from EAA headquarters about the Young Eagles program, visit www.youngeagles.org

What to Expect During Your Young Eagles Flight


First, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight.  Some things he/she may review include:

  • Talking about the airplane
  • Reviewing an aeronautical chart (map)
  • Identifying reference points during the flight
  • Completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane
  • Identifying the parts that control the airplane

Once the preflight is completed, your pilot will help you get in and buckle your seat belt.  Then he/she will describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel and control stick.

During Flight

Once in the air, you'll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way' 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.

After Landing

Once back on the ground, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the flight.  Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane.  You will also receive an official Young EAgles Logbook, signed by your personal pilot.

We look forward to adding your name ot the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles!

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