EAA to host Young Eagles Flight Rally

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Youth ages 8 through 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on June 29, as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 386 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Austin Municipal Airport.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million youth from more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Mike Bibus, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

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Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing youth to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each youth will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their names will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is a permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.

Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis.

Those planning to attend are asked to come to the Austin Municipal Airport starting at 10:30 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 11 a.m., with registration closing at 2 p.m. Each Young Eagle should be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Visit www.eaa.org or www.youngeagles.org for more information.