EAA 512 Eagles & Young Eagles Rally
Typically June & October
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EAA’s Eagle Flights® are 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.
We provide hands-on, one on one, flight experience with those 18 and older, who have an interest in aviation. This flight shares the fun of flying with you.
Founded in 1992, the EAA Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. 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 with the help of EAA’s network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers.
Your Young Eagles® flight will last approximately 20 minutes and you will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. This is your chance to experience the freedom of flight that many people only dream
Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. You will, too! about.
- On the ground: Your pilot explains what will happen during the flight. You may talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (or map), and complete a careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane.
- Just before takeoff: Your pilot explains the interior of the airplane, including the operation of the aircraft door, safety belts, and instrument panel.
- In the air: The flight lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. And, if you want, your pilot may let you take the controls!
- Back on the ground: There’s more time for you to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot is happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane.
You also get an official Young Eagles logbook with a personal code to activate your free EAA Student Membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.
EAA Chapter 512 has been involved with the Young Eagles Program since in 1993. In support of this effort, EAA Chapter 512 holds two Young Eagle Rally's each year -- one in the spring (June) and one in the fall (October). Registration typically begins around 8:00 in the morning with each child being assigned to a pilot and aircraft. To make the flying experience more rewarding and educational for the Young Eagle, each child is given a solo ride with the pilot. This gives each child personal attention by the pilot, and allows the pilot to answer all questions the Young Eagle may have.
After the flying is done and the planes are taxied to a stop, the Young Eagles and pilots are treated to refreshments at the picnic area adjacent to our Chapter hangar. The social time allows the Young Eagles to share their experiences with other kids and gives parents the time to take those necessary photos with pilots in front of the plane. Once you become a Young Eagle your name is entered into the World's Largest Logbook.