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EAA And Sporty's 'Next Step' Partnership Enhances EAA Young Eagles' Introduction To Flight

Tom Poberezny and Hal Shevers

Editor’s Note: Canadian Young Eagles qualify for this program. The Ground School is based on the FAA curriculum, which is not the same, but has a strong similarity to our Canadian syllabus.

With EAA, more than 1.4 million youths around the world have gotten their first taste of flying through a Young Eagles flight. Now Sporty’s Pilot Shop is partnering with EAA to provide the tools they’ll need to take the next steps in pursuing their interest in aviation. Through this partnership, new Young Eagles will receive a special logbook for recording this and subsequent aviation experiences, plus they’ll receive an access code to the Sporty’s Online Complete Pilot Training Course. Both the logbook and the entire flight-training course will be free of charge to Young Eagles. Read more

“Our local chapters who fly 80,000 - 100,000 kids every year have been asking for a way to follow up with those kids who are inspired to further explore aviation,” said EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny. “Sporty’s has now opened the door of opportunity to those young people and, in so doing, has demonstrated a commitment to cultivating the next generation of aviation enthusiasts and achievers.”

Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, said the partnership sprung out of a desire to “move Young Eagles from the right seat to the left seat,” and to give the youths and their parents a clear direction for such an achievement. “How many parents know their child may take flying lessons at any age? And how many parents understand the lifetime opportunities that open up for their children through a passion for flight?” Shevers said.

The online training is designed to provide more than just a start, and more than just ground school. “Our course guarantees that a motivated student will pass the written, oral, and flight tests,” Shevers said.

EAA’s Poberezny shares Shevers’ enthusiasm about the prospects for inspired Young Eagles to move forward. “This solid instructional program, combined with the encouragement and mentoring that these young people will receive from the EAA community, will give Young Eagles a boost in fulfilling their aviation dreams.” FAQs

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