Ground Support Volunteer Award: Jody Doppelt of EAA Chapter 35
August 23, 2011 – Jody Doppelt of Helotes, Texas, and her husband, Brad, have been involved in the Young Eagles program since its beginning. She has attended every Young Eagles rally the chapter has conducted. During this time, she has played an active role in ground support and prepared documents for the flights.
Originally, Doppelt was recruited by her husband, the Young Eagles coordinator for the chapter. She has been involved for the past 12 years. Her role at the event is to collect the forms, call out the Young Eagles’ names to get them on the aircraft, and have their certificates ready once they’re off the aircraft.
EAA Chapter 35 tries to host four events per year, which amounts to one every three months. The Young Eagles are flown by anywhere from three to seven pilots. Each Christmas, the chapter invites several Boy Scout troops to fly.
Doppelt also finds time to solicit candidates for the Young Eagles flights by working with various groups in the area, which include the Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups, and church groups. To promote the program, she spends time educating area youth about what being a Young Eagle means.
“It is an important program because there are lots of underprivileged kids that have never flown before and may never fly again, but with this program, they can experience flight for free,” Doppelt said.
She has also developed a computer program to print the Young Eagles certificates with the youth’s name, pilot’s name, and date of the flight. Through the years, Doppelt has prepared more than 2,500 Young Eagles certificates, as well as had the opportunity to deliver the certificates to the Young Eagles directly.