Young Eagles

EAA Young Eagles

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 kids. 

For more information from EAA headquarters about the Young Eagles program, visit


Upcoming Events


NOTE: Schedule subject to change due to weather or other unforeseeable events.


Is there a cost for the Young Eagles flights?
No, there is no cost for the Young Eagle flights. The pilots and ground crew volunteer their time and cost to give your children a flight that we hope will inspire them to fall in love with aviation.


Do I need to schedule a time for the flights?

Sign up for your flight below or go to Please note, even though there are time slots, we ask that you come as close to 9am as possible. Weather in our area tends to change as the morning goes on, especially in the summer. Winds pick up, air gets bumpy, and sometimes flights have to be canceled.  If you are unsure if the child wishes to fly, you can sign a Young Eagle Registration form available the morning of the event. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the form.


What happens during the flight?

A Young Eagles Ground Crew and pilot will escort you child (and you) to the airplane for a pre-flight inspection. Young Eagles are encouraged to ask questions about the aircraft. Parents will be escorted back behind the fence while the Ground Crew help the Young Eagle into the plane. The flight will last 20-30 minutes. Again, the Young Eagle is encourage to ask questions of the pilot. Once the plane lands, your Ground Crew will escort you back out to the plane. Feel free to take pictures of your Young Eagle and pilot.


What can my child do to continue his/her interest in aviation?

Once your child has flown, he/she will receive an EAA Student Membership, access to the Sporty's Learn to Fly ground school course, first flight lesson for free, access to flight training scholarships and more. Visit the EAA Flight Plan for more information.


Can my child fly more than once?

We limit each Young Eagle to one flight per day so every child gets a flight. Your child is welcome to come to another event to fly again.


Can adults fly too?

The Young Eagle flights are for kids ages 8-17 only. If time and pilots permit, you may fly as an Eagle, the adult equivalent. Ask the Young Eagle coordinator for more information.


What happens if it rains?

Follow this web page for weather updates. If we have to cancel an event, we will post that by Friday at 4pm before the event. It is possible that flights may be cancelled at the last minute due to a change in weather. High wind and fog are usually the two weather conditions that will cancel the flights on the day of the event.


Is there a restaurant or food available at the airport?

There is no restaurant at the airport and we are about 12 miles from the nearest restaurant. We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, and chips for sale. You are welcome to bring your own food and make a picnic out of it!


Contact Us

For more information, contact us at


Young Eagles Coordinator
Name: Jennifer Skikas
City: Portage Des Sioux
Phone: 314-239-8464
Name: Jon Crackel
City: Portage Des Sioux
Phone: 636-288-4812
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