EAA’s Eagle Flights® is a free introductory flight experience and informal mentoring program designed to welcome and encourage adults who want to discover flying, but don’t know how or where to take that first step. It begins with a hands-on introduction, where you’ll fly with a local EAA-member pilot who will let you follow along at the controls of the airplane to get a feel for what being a pilot is all about.
After the flight, he or she can help you learn more about how to get involved in your local aviation community, including the next steps you can take on the path to becoming a pilot.
The best part? The whole experience is free. No sales. No pressure. Just a whole lot of fun and education with a big take-home point: Your dream of flying is a lot closer than you think.
Learn more about the Eagle Flights® program.
We had a Reunion, a Recognition Ceremony and a Reception!
Almost one year after the Flying Start Event held at the Geauga County Airport (7G8), the EAA Chapter 5 hosted a reunion for all the Flying Start Participants. There were 24 participants on the original roster and a good percentage of them found their way back to the hangar for the reunion. It has been a challenging year with the pandemic guiding us, but our chapter was interested in learning about the progress that had been made since the original event held on August 23, 2020. It was amazing to discover that some of the participants were still able to take some ground school courses, take an Eagle Flight with their Mentor Pilot, fly with an instructor, take a few lessons and get closer to their dream of learning to fly. All this, despite the challenges that also included those presented by Mother Nature.
During the evening, we also had a Recognition Ceremony for the Mentor Pilots. These Mentor Pilots volunteered their time to give the adult Flying Start participants an Eagle Flight, served as a mentor to the participants to answer any questions they might have and to help guide them along their way. It is still an on-going process, but EAA Chapter 5 took a moment on August 16, 2021, to recognize the Mentor Pilots with an EAA patch and rocker as a token of appreciation for all they have done up to this point. Flying Start Coordinator Sherry Niederkorn presented the patches and rockers to Mentor Pilots Tim Niederkorn, Randy Sweet, Jeff Barlett, Jared Miller, Rob Miller, Brian Szuter, Don Cunningham. Those Mentor Pilots not able to attend were Tony Debevc, Rick Katai, Paul Manion and Dave Nuss.
As a part of our monthly program meetings, everyone in attendance was then treated to a program on Hot Air Ballooning by EAA Chapter 5 members Sandra & Jeff Barlett.
The evening concluded with a cake and ice cream reception where chapter members, Flying Start Participants, Mentor Pilots and guests mingled about networking and sharing stories about aviation.
Flying Start Reunion at 7G8 on 8-16-21
Mentor Pilot Recognition with EAA patch & rocker
Hot Air Ballooning with Jeff & Sandy Barlett
Cake served with ice cream at Reception
We hosted an event
Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Geauga County Airport (7G8) in Middlefield, Ohio.
Thank you to all the participants and volunteers. This was our first Flying Start event, and was well received by all. We had Vector Aviation, the US AirForce, Cleveland Soaring Society and our own EAA5 members representing our little slice of aviation here in Geauga county.
The eager future pilots were able to do a pre-flight briefing and listen to our presentations on what it takes to become a pilot. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for a flight, but we hope to fulfill those "rain checks" soon!