ChapterGram: September 2013
Eagle Flights Goal: A Pathway to Flight for Aspiring Pilots
EAA's Eagle Flights program was created to provide an opportunity for adults who have a desire to become a pilot but for whatever reason never pursued it. Maybe they started lessons and stopped. Maybe they soloed many years ago but never took their checkride. Or maybe they never had the chance to sit in the right seat with a private pilot.
Eagle Flights can provide that spark to engage aspiring pilots in aviation. It is a mentorship program intended to be a one-on-one experience between the EAA member pilot and the Eagle Flight participant.
Thanks to many of you, EAA recently achieved its goal of 1,000 Eagle Flights flown in the first year. We also recently had the first certificated private pilot who was initially motivated by an Eagle Flight. Now it's time to take the program to the next level.
We have talked with program participants and chapter members about their participation in the program and have the following observations to pass along.
After a flight, show your passenger what options exist for local flight instruction, or recommend an instructor you know and trust. Some will start flight lessons, but so far most have not. That's okay; we're not pressuring anyone. But you can increase the chances someone will become a pilot by asking him or her to join your chapter. Getting someone involved in your chapter and the aviation lifestyle might influence over time their desire to pursue flight training.
Ask them to volunteer at an upcoming Young Eagles rally. If they enjoyed their ride, now they can pay it forward and help with the kids. Invite them to all chapter events and take them for more flights.
A word about Young Eagle rallies
If an adult is interested in taking an airplane ride at a Young Eagles rally but is not interested in becoming an EAA member or a pilot, you can have him or her complete a ride-along form.
With more than 1,000 Eagle Flights given the first year, we want to thank our chapters and members for supporting this program and helping to grow the aviation population.