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Spotlight on EAA Youth Programs

Young EaglesEAA has always prided itself as a family organization. One key aspect of this culture is the Young Eagles program, which is one of the most successful EAA initiatives in the organization’s history. EAA is deeply committed to providing youth access to aviation, and there are many other EAA programs that are designed to engage kids of all ages.  

The Young Eagles program is an opportunity for young people, ages 8 -17, to go flying in an aircraft. It’s also the opportunity for pilots with aircraft to share their joy of flight with a young person. 

The program was launched in 1992, and to date, more than 1.5 million Young Eagles in over 90 different countries have enjoyed flights through this program. These flights have been offered free of charge through the generosity of over 42,000 EAA pilots.

All EAA members can fly Young Eagles, provided they meet the program’s pilot requirements [http://www.youngeagles.org/volunteers/resources/content/YE%20Resource%20-%20EAA%20Young%20Eagle%20Pilot%20Guidelines.pdf]   Pilots who carry at least $100,000 per seat in liability insurance coverage are automatically provided with a supplemental $1 million insurance policy.  The additional insurance is provided free of charge.  All Young Eagle rallies, which are organized by EAA Chapters or Squadrons, also have additional coverage through the EAA Chapter insurance program.

The Young Eagles program is currently co chaired by Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their expert handling of their airliner’s emergency landing in the Hudson River in January. They took over the helm of the program from famed actor Harrison Ford who has served in this capacity for the last five years.

How Do You Get a Young Eagles Flight?
Participation is easy. Just visit EAA’s Young Eagles website to find the closest volunteer pilot. From there, arrange a convenient time to go flying. We hope you enjoy a Young Eagles introduction to the exciting world of aviation. Make sure you come back to visit this website after your flight to continue exploring the wonderful world of aviation!

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane.

When your Young Eagle flight is completed, you’ll receive a special Sporty’s Young Eagles Logbook, which is just like a real pilot’s logbook. In it you’ll log your first flight as your first training flight. The logbook has nine additional entry spaces for the next nine flights of your aviation career. It  also contains a Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course, valued at $199, but for you it’s free! This is EAA and Sporty’s way to help you move from the right seat to the left seat and achieve your dreams of becoming a real pilot. Because you’ve received a Young Eagles flight, you now have access to this flight training course.

Enclosed in every Young Eagles Logbook is a certificate with an access code that allows you to log onto www.youngeagles.org/sportys to receive this valued benefit. Sporty’s will e-mail you a username and password. You now have access to this online course to equip you to take the tests required for your pilot’s license through in-flight video, 3D animations and graphics, and much more. The program is aimed at the American audience but can be used for our Canadian program as well, and Canadian content is being developed. You will be ready to start training with a flight instructor.

Located next to EAA’s Pioneer Airport, this beautiful structure, built with massive logs from British Columbia, houses EAA’s Air Academy. It has 12 bunkrooms with 4 bunks per room and shared bathroom facilities. It also has two handicap accessible suites, each with private bathroom facilities. Its recreational facilities include the Air Academy Lodge Library, gazebo with fire pit, volleyball court, basketball, slate pool table, foosball, Ping-Pong, video viewing, and more.

EAA’s Air Academy offers three camp experiences for youth:

The first: Ages 12 and 13
Session 1: June 14 – 18, 2010
Session 2: June 20 – 24, 2010
Fee: $675 for non-EAA member
Fee: $600 for EAA member, or EAA membership in immediate family.


The EAA Young Eagles Camp is designed as an introduction to the wonderful world of aviation. This new program will use small group activities and close counselor relationships to present the basics of flight in a "science camp" format that is a unique combination of fun and discovery. Primary activities include balloons, aeromodeling, rocketry, and airplanes.
The second: Ages 14 – 15
Session 1: June 26 – July 1, 2010
Session 2: July 5 – July 10, 2010
Session 3: July 12 – July 17, 2010

Fee: $875 for non-EAA members
Fee: $800 for EAA member, or EAA membership in immediate family


The EAA Basic Air Academy is the next exciting step through the world of aviation. Each hands-on activity is developed for the intermediate 14- and 15-year-old during a classroom and media presentation, specialized laboratory activities, and aviation-related demonstrations. Primary activities include balloons, aeromodeling, rocketry, and airplanes.
And the third: Ages 16, 17, and 18 (Sorry, all sessions have been booked for this year.)

Session 1: July 20 – 28, 2010
Session 2: July 30 – August 7, 2010

Fee: $1,075 for non-EAA member
Fee: $1,000 for EAA member, or EAA membership in immediate family


The EAA Advanced Air Academy provides an atmosphere for mature students to become totally immersed in the world of flight. Ground instruction and introductory recreation flight experiences highlight this meaningful, action-packed camp. It combines "in-the-air" and "on-the-ground" hands-on activities including flight training ground school, aircraft construction, restoration, and maintenance skills.

The EAA Advanced Air Academy also includes full participation (access to forums, flight line, and all associated activities) in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – the world's premier aviation event!

Do you have or know of a youngster who should attend one of these youth camps? Check it out, and although some camps fill up quickly, be an early registrant for next year’s camp.
If you’re serious about pursuing aviation as a career, EAA can help! EAA has several scholarships available to qualified individuals to help further your education. EAA’s Scholarship Program encourages, recognizes, and supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. These annual scholarships help outstanding students, who demonstrate financial need, to accomplish their goals. Scholarship applicants must be involved in school and community activities, as well as aviation activities. To view available scholarships, visit:

Like the EAA Scholarship Program, EAA also encourages and recognizes individuals pursuing aviation education through a summer Internship Program. If selected, you’ll spend your summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in support of the EAA Air Academy and EAA activities. Duties for interns may range from assisting in research and filing in the Boeing Aeronautical Library to moving and securing aircraft and minor maintenance of buildings, grounds, and aircraft. To learn more, visit:

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