EAA Chapter 790

Lake in The Hills Airport (3CK), Lake in The Hills, Illinois

Young Eagles

EAA Young Eagles


What’s this program about?

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 2.3 million kids. 

You are invited to take to the skies and become a Young Eagle with Chapter 790!


Chapter 790 Young Eagle Rally Information


We hold 4 rallies during the summer, in May, June, August and October. This year we are flying from the Schaumburg airport on West Irving Park Road. Check-in is held downstairs in the airport office.

Contact information for our Young Eagles Coordinator, Paul Ranieri, is p.ranieri@comcast.net or phone at 847-997-0135.

What do I have to do to become a Young Eagle?

If you are age 8 through 17, you and your parents or guardian should go online to youngeaglesday.org and complete the release/registration form. When you check in at the rally, your parent will be requested to sign you in for your flight. Once you are called for your flight, your EAA pilot will take you out to the aircraft and prepare you for your demonstration flight. You can ask your volunteer pilot as many questions as you like. In doing so, you’ll learn more about airplanes and the principles of flight. That’s all there is to it. It’s really that simple!

IMPORTANT! Be sure that your parent or legal guardian is present at the event day in order to sign you in. A friend's parent's or other adult's signature is not enough! It must be an authorized signature. Even though you registered online, a signature on the day of the event will still be required. Young Eagle flights will be offered on a first come, first served basis so be sure to arrive at or close to the event start time. 


When are the 2024 Young Eagle flight dates and where do I go to fly?

 Our rallies in 2024 will be from 8:30 to noon as follows:

  May 4th, June 1st, August 3rd, and October 5th

This year we are flying from the Schaumburg airport on West Irving Park Road. Check-in is held downstairs in the airport office.

Our ability to fly will be weather dependent. You can check on the status of the rally by calling (224) 484-7163 beginning the evening prior.

Should I Bring Anything?  

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and clothing that is appropriate for the weather that day.  Also, be sure to bring water for you and your child as we won't have water available for the participants. If your child has received a Young Eagle log book on a previous flight, please be sure to bring that as well.

What will my flight be like?

First of all, your pilot will explain what you will do and see, including:


  • A description of the plane and basic aeronautics
  • A quick review of an aeronautical chart (a pilot's map) and identification of some of the points of interest you will look for during the flight
  • A description of the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel

Then, the pilot will begin the actual flight. This includes:

  • A complete, pre-flight inspection, or “walk around,” of the airplane to confirm that the aircraft is ready for flight.
  • Helping you buckle your seat belt and securing any cargo for flight
  • Proper start-up of the airplane, taxiing to the runway, and take-off!

You will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Most people remember this experience for the rest of their lives and you will, too!


What happens after the flight? 

After your flight, your pilot will submit the completed registration form to the EAA, so you can:

  • Complete your registration as a Young Eagle
  • List your name in the world’s largest logbook on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI
  • List your name on the Young Eagles website logbook
  • Begin receiving the monthly Young Eagles electronic newsletter
  • Obtain additional information on other EAA and aviation activities
  • Receive information on scholarship programs administered by EAA

Please note, EAA does not sell or share your personal information to anyone else. Additionally, you can unsubscribe to (opt out of) the newsletter at any time.


Safety Reminders

Millions of people fly safely in airplanes every year. However, an airport is not a playground. Listen and follow instructions given by your pilot and follow these simple rules when you are around an airplane:

  • Stay away from the propellers
  • Listen carefully for instructions on entering and exiting the airplane
  • Do not touch any part of an airplane without the pilot’s permission
  • Stay with your pilot or ground crew at all times

Additional Resources

For more information from EAA headquarters about the Young Eagles program, visit www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/free-ye-flights

Information for Parents (www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/free-ye-flights/eaa-young-eagles-information-for-parents)

Join the Experimental Aircraft Association (https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/eaa-membership)


Young Eagles Coordinator

Name: Paul Ranieri

City: Lake In The Hills

Phone: 847-997-0135




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