EAA Youth Programs
One of the most popular ways EAA youth take flight is through involvement with the Young Eagles program. The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give eight- to 17-year-olds the opportunity to fly in general aviation airplanes. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA donors.
Since Young Eagles began, more than 1.3 million youth have taken flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by nearly 40,000 volunteer pilots.
The EAA Air Academy gives future flyers the opportunity to learn about aviation by attending aviation camp. Youth experience all facets of aviation first-hand at the various locations nationwide.
A pint-sized version of EAA's annual AirVenture, EAA's KidVenture provides thousands of children with amusing and educational aviation experiences.
At EAA AirVenture 2007, KidVenture was located across Pioneer Airport's turf runway. Although not in its traditional location, there was much more room for kids to enjoy safe, hands-on aviation activities at this site.
This year 'high-tech' was one of the main themes, with additional flight simulators installed to allow more kids to try their hands at virtual flying.
In addition, children built their own gliders and rockets, experienced flight simulators, heard aviation legends tell their stories, rode in a tethered hot-air balloon and much more.