Eagle Flights Starting to Soar!
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights
September 4, 2012 - After launching the Eagle Flights program at EAA AirVenture, we have been buried with requests for Eagle Flights registration forms and information. More than 300 chapters have requested information and several have begun giving one-on-one Eagle Flights.
The first Eagle Flight was done a few days after AirVenture by Duane Huff with EAA Chapter 690 in Georgia. Shortly after, Jan Novak at EAA Chapter 105 in Hillsboro, Oregon, organized the first Eagle Flights rally. Jan prequalified more than 19 adults who have always considered learning to fly.
It has been amazing to see the high level of interest in supporting Eagle Flights. Thank you to the chapters for supporting the program. Without the chapters, this program (like most of EAA programs) would not be possible.
Please use Eagle Flights as a recruiting tool for your chapter. When a person calls EAA headquarters interested in an Eagle Flight, we find an EAA chapter in his or her area and provide contact information for the president and the Young Eagles coordinator. When someone calls and/or e-mails, please arrange to give them the Eagle Flight and ask them to join the chapter.
Some chapters are matching the complimentary six-month EAA membership with a six-month chapter membership. This is highly recommended. Get them involved in your chapter, recommend a local CFI and/or flight school, and mentor them. Eagle Flights is not just about flight training; it is about joining the aviation community. Your chapter can be an excellent resource for an aspiring aviator of any age.
Thank you again to our chapters for embracing Eagle Flights and helping to grow the pilot population.