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Saturday Is EAA' Annual International Young Eagles Day


International Young Eagles Day
EAA staff member Pat Esslinger preflights EAA's RV-7 with a soon-to-be Young Eagle at the 2006 IYED event in Oshkosh.

EAA staff member Pat Esslinger preflights EAA's RV-7 with a soon-to-be Young Eagle at the 2006 IYED event in Oshkosh.
EAA member Doug Millius in the cockpit with a smiling new Young Eagle.

June 7, 2007 —EAA volunteers around the world will continue an aviation tradition this Saturday, June 9, as they give flights to young aviation enthusiasts on the 14th annual International Young Eagles Day (IYED). The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, which with more than 1.3 million kids flown since 1992, is the largest youth aviation education program ever created.

Since 1994, thousands of young people have been flown annually on International Young Eagles Days, making it the most active flying day for the year-round program. There are more than 125 IYED events planned around the world, according to Steve Buss, Young Eagles executive director.

"We're very pleased with the continuing support EAA members provide for International Young Eagles Day," Buss said. "While Young Eagle flights take place nearly everyday of the year, IYED is a chance to focus on the program and enjoy the freedom to fly and share that freedom with a new generation."

More than 40,000 volunteer EAA-member pilots and 50,000 ground volunteers make the program possible, providing flights in aircraft ranging from the newest airplanes to vintage biplanes.

Program Chairman, actor Harrison Ford, has personally flown nearly 300 Young Eagles and encourages fellow EAA members to give the gift of flight. "I'm an active Young Eagles pilot because I know it makes a tremendous difference to these youngsters, not only because of what they learn during the flight, but the possibilities that are opened to them through our volunteers' efforts," he said.

During International Young Eagles Day, pilots take young people between the ages of 8 and 17-years-old on individual flights or as part of Young Eagles flight rallies. The pilot does a preflight "walk-around" of the aircraft with the child, explaining the parts of the airplane and how they work. After reviewing the preflight safety checklists, the pair takes off for a brief flight to experience the true sensation of flying an airplane.

A new Young Eagle receives a certificate signed by the pilot and Chairman Ford, and has their name entered in to the "World's Largest Logbook" on permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and on the web at www.youngeagles.org.

Chapters are encouraged to share their event story and photos for inclusion on the new YE web site. Send submissions to sbuss@eaa.org.

For more information on the Young Eagles program, or to learn about International Young Eagles Day events, visit www.youngeagles.org, contact your local EAA chapter, or call 877-806-8902.

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