Founded 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 young people.
This past year we offered a full Young Eagles Introductory Flight Program starting with our first Young Eagles flight on Saturday June 19th, at Cherry Capital Airport followed by by Young Eagles flights in Empire (Y87) and then again at Cherry Capitol Airport in October. This season we flew over 100 local youngsters, some for their very first ride in a general aviation airplane. We will resume Young Eagles introductory flights in the spring of 2022 (as soon as reasonably predictable weather conditions return!)
In addition to the Young Eagles Flights, Chapter 234 holds monthly Young Eagles Club meetings. These meetings are intended to introduce young people ages 12 -16 to aviation and STEM related activities leading to their ability to understand the principles of flight, navigation, airplane and airport terminology, airspace and air traffic control. These session will include hands on activities such as aircraft and aircraft component build activities and visits to aviation related facilities (once pandemic restrictions are eased). To support the Young Eagles Club activities we've installed two flight simulators which are used to give the students a basic feel for the principles of flying and navigating general aviation airplanes and are used in our education activities.
Our next event will be a Young Eagles Club meeting on Saturday, November 20th at Giving Wings Aviation, 1170 Airport Access Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686 from 12:30 to 4:30..
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For more information from EAA headquarters about the Young Eagles program, visit www.youngeagles.org