Bits and Pieces
Young Eagles in Canada
Pilot Rusty Eichorn with Young Eagle Lance G.
By Brian O'Lena, Manager, EAA Young Eagles and Youth Pathways
Since 1992 the EAA Young Eagles program has flown over 1.7 million kids ages 8 to 17 around the world. In Canada, 3,246 volunteer EAA member pilots have flown 86,916 Young Eagles. To all of our EAA members in Canada who have flown or volunteered with the Young Eagles program, thank you! To those of you who haven't participated yet, what are you waiting for?
As many of you know, Young Eagles is the most successful program in the world at introducing youths to the wonders of flight. What you may not know is that any EAA member who is a current, licensed pilot in Canada can fly a Young Eagles flight. These flights can also be conducted one-on-one or as a part of a Young Eagles rally held at your local EAA chapter.
The Young Eagles Flight Plan
The Young Eagles flight has grown from just a single flight to a five-step program called the Young Eagles Flight Plan. All of the Flight Plan benefits are offered free of charge and are designed to engage young people in aviation. These benefits are available to all Young Eagles in Canada.
- Step 1 - The Young Eagles flight (ages 8 through 17)
- Step 2 - Free EAA Student Membership (valid until age 19)
- Step 3 - Sporty's Learn to Fly Course ($249 value offered free)
- Step 4 - Free flight lesson ($120 value). After a Young Eagle (YE) completes the solo portion of the Sporty's online course, we issue a voucher to the YE who then takes it to a local flight school. EAA pays the flight school directly, not the YE.
- Step 5 - Flight training scholarships (to help pay the cost of flight lessons)
Canadian Pilot Requirements
The Young Eagles pilot requirements in Canada are basic, but must be followed. To fly Young Eagles in the EAA program, you must:
- be an EAA member
- hold an appropriate Transport Canada licence (recreational pilot or greater)
- possess a current pilot medical certificate (if applicable)
- be current to carry passengers in the aircraft you plan to use
- complete the Young Eagles registration form before the flight, signed by you and a parent or legal guardian
- conduct flights in an aircraft that is in airworthy condition (amateur-built or certificated)
- have aircraft passenger liability insurance for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed)
- adhere to all applicable Transport Canada regulations.
Insurance Coverage in Canada
As a current EAA member pilot participating in the Young Eagles Flights program, you are personally covered for up to $1 million of excess passenger liability insurance coverage, if you carry a minimum of $100,000 per passenger liability insurance. This coverage is automatically in place when flying passengers as long as the official program waiver/hold harmless is used. In addition to these requirements, you must also meet the current Transport Canada regulations for the pilot licence you hold.
Once again, to all of you who participate in the Young Eagles program, thank you, and to those of you who haven't, I urge you to consider doing so; it's very rewarding to pass on our love of aviation to the next generation.