Chapter 29

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

Draft 2020 Schedule

  • June 13 - Rantoul Airport, Rantoul
  • July 11 - TBD
  • September 19 - Coles County Memorial Airport, Mattoon
  • October 10 - Special event at Willard Airport
Young Eagles Coordinator
Name: Rachel Henderson
City: Champaign-Urbana
Phone: 217-778-3900
Name: Joshua Manzella
City: Champaign-Urbana
Phone: 217-898-9052
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