Eagle Flights Rally Makes History
Pilot Tom Sampson (left) provided Michael Martinez (right) an Eagle Flight Saturday in his RV-7A, during Chapter 105's Eagle Flights rally in Hillsboro, Oregon.
August 15, 2012 - EAA Chapter 105, of Hillsboro, Oregon, hosted the first Eagle Flights flight rally last weekend in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3). The collaboration between chapter Eagle Flights coordinator Jan Novak, her team, and the airpark owners resulted in the Pacific Northwest's first 19 Eagle Flights since the program's introduction at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
One of the 19, area resident Michael Martinez, went up in EAA member/pilot Tom Sampson's RV-7A for some routine pattern work, including several flying maneuvers. After landing Martinez vowed to take advantage of what he experienced and pursue his pilot certificate.
All told, five of those receiving Eagle Flights expressed a desire to become pilots and gave their commitments to the chapter to follow through. Novak and her team of Eagle Flights pilots will be following up with the participants in the weeks to come in an effort to support their continued interest in aviation, EAA, and Chapter 105.
Similar to EAA's Young Eagles program, which has provided more than 1.7 million youths ages 8-17 free airplane rides from EAA members over the past 20 years, Eagle Flights offers flights to adults who have always had a desire to fly, but for whatever reason have not yet pursued it. The Eagle Flights website has all the program details for EAA aviators who want to provide Eagle Flights as well as those pursuing the dream of aviation.