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EAA to Expand Young Eagles Program with Assistance from ConocoPhillips

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 14, 2006) — EAA, the organization dedicated to enhancing 170,000 members' participation in recreational aviation, announced today that ConocoPhillips will increase its more than decade-long support of the EAA Young Eagles program, allowing the program to expand its influence and scope over the next five years.

With the increased assistance, EAA will pursue several important initiatives connected to its youth-outreach efforts. These include: expanding EAA Young Eagles flight activities; enhancing the curriculum of EAA's web-delivered aero-sciences program; augmenting the offerings of EAA's accredited residential aviation-learning camp in Oshkosh; offering more scholarships that provide young people with flight training, higher education, and career opportunities; and developing additional programs.

"ConocoPhillips' extensive support represents a significant investment in the future of our Young Eagles and youth-education programs," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "The focus of the relationship with ConocoPhillips will be further expansion of the EAA Young Eagles vision and its life-changing potential. We will develop more ways beyond the first-flight experience to use aviation as a way to inspire and educate youth."

Since the EAA Young Eagles program's inception in 1992, EAA-member pilots have provided first-flight experiences to nearly 1.25 million youth ages eight to 17. Throughout the year, EAA's 1,000 local chapters conduct EAA Young Eagles flight rallies and individual EAA members regularly fly Young Eagles.

"EAA's Young Eagles and other youth-oriented programs impart solid values, motivate achievement, and make the study of math, science, and geography fun," said Jim Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips. "ConocoPhillips is committed to exposing young people to these types of engaging and fulfilling educational opportunities while experiencing the thrill of flight."

The EAA Young Eagles program is made possible through the efforts of many EAA volunteers, both pilots and ground-support personnel.

"Our EAA members donate their time, talents, and enthusiasm. They pay for the fuel and refreshments. They are the lifeblood of this program, which wouldn't exist without their generosity," Poberezny said.

The increased involvement of ConocoPhillips builds on the company's commitment to the EAA Young Eagles program. In addition to providing program support, ConocoPhillips offers pilots flying EAA Young Eagles a $1-per-gallon rebate when they use their Phillips 66 credit card.

"The fuel-rebate program supports the EAA Young Eagles program at the most fundamental and important level," Mulva said. "It helps the individual volunteer pilot who is directly touching young people's lives."

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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