June 5, 2014 - Each year thousands of volunteers worldwide introduce nearly 80,000 young people to flight through EAA’s Young Eagles. On International Young Eagles Day, Saturday, June 14, more than 5,000 kids are expected to take their first flight in a GA aircraft, expanding their horizons and introducing them to new career paths.
To kick off the hundreds of Young Eagles rallies next weekend, program chairman and legendary aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker will introduce a young person to a first flight on Thursday, June 12, as Tucker prepares for the Great Tennessee Air Show taking place June 14-15 in Smyrna, Tennessee. On June 14, Tucker will celebrate International Young Eagles Day by dedicating his performance to this year’s new Young Eagles and volunteers.
“Young Eagles is not just a program to fly kids, but a movement to inspire kids, parents and communities through the many aspects of aviation,” Tucker said. “Flight has enriched my life and countless others’ lives. International Young Eagles Day is an opportunity to share the magic of aviation and all the possibilities it presents whether for a career or sheer enjoyment.”
Young Eagles are flown in both EAA Chapter flight rallies and by individual EAA-member pilots. In addition, thousands of other EAA members will volunteer on the ground to ensure the flight experience is positive and educational.
“While we encourage Young Eagles flights throughout the year, International Young Eagles Day allows us to emphasize EAA’s mission of growing participation in aviation to this new generation,” said Brian O’Lena, manager of EAA Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. “We urge all EAA members to make sure that young people in their areas have the opportunity to discover flying on that day.”
For more information about flying Young Eagles or locating a Young Eagles rally, contact the Young Eagles office at 920-426-6114 or www.youngeagles.org.