|The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, 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. |
Since 1992, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.
Chapter 976 Young Eagle Pilots (Click the link for pilot list)
December 19, 2013 - After Eric Beets, EAA 1078480, took a Young Eagles flight on January 15, 2012, the 17-year-old high school student from Burlington, Wisconsin, made the decision that he would become a private pilot. Thanks to his determination and the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, Eric passed his checkride on April 5, 2013.
Now he's organizing a Young Eagles rally at his home airport next spring.
Eric gives EAA 100 percent of the credit for teaching him about aviation. After the Young Eagles flight, he completed the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course (provided free to Young Eagles), applied for and was granted a scholarship to attend the EAA Air Academy, passed the FAA written exam on his first attempt (the cost of which was reimbursed by EAA), plus was chosen as a recipient of a Gathering of Eagles flight training scholarship.
Now he's spreading the word about flight to his friends and the public. "I've already given flights to some of my friends, and I feel it's my duty to help others discover flying like EAA helped me," he said. "I want to help get anyone and everyone interested in aviation and I thought that telling my story to other parents, kids, pilots, and anyone willing to listen would be great way to achieve my goal."
EAA Young Eagles Program requirements are available on the EAA national web site. Follow this link: Young Eagles Guidelines and click on "Young Eagle Pilot Guidelines". A summary of these guidelines is provided here.
1. Pilots must be EAA members and must hold an appropriate FAA Airman's Certificate and applicable current Medical Certificate. Pilots must complete EAA Youth Protection Certification Training.
2. Pilots must have a current Flight Review and meet FAA currency requirements to carry passengers in the aircraft they plan to use. The aircraft to be used must be in airworthy condition.
3. Flights must be conducted so as to adhere to all applicable Federal Aviation Requirements (FARs).
4. Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance is required for the aircraft used. In addition, $1 million of insurance is available through the EAA.
5. The Young Eagles registration form must be completed before the flight, including parent or guardian signature, and pilot signature.
6. Aircraft engines must be shut down while loading and unloading passengers.
For Chapter 976 Young Eagle Rallies, the following procedures apply :
1. The Chapter President shall have approval authority for Chapter Events.
2. The Young Eagles Coordinator shall :
A. Plan the event, selecting a date, time, and location for the event, and coordinate with Chapter members, airport personnel, and Young Eagle participants.
B. Coordinate with the Chapter Secretary to ensure a Certificate of Insurance is obtained from the headquarters EAA Young Eagles office.
C. On the day of the event, conduct a pilots briefing, and a briefing for Young Eagles participants. Monitor the overall safety of the event, and supervise the issuance of the Young Eagle Certificates after the flights.
3. Pilots may fly Certificated Aircraft, or Phase II Experimental aircraft. Per FAR 91.319, the pilot in command of an experimental aircraft must advise each passenger of the Experimental nature of the aircraft, and explain that it does not meet the certification requirements of a certified aircraft.