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Young Pilots Association Takes Off

July 22, 2015The Young Pilots Association, a social group for pilots and aviation enthusiasts ages 18 to 30, launched Monday at the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 and has already signed 50 new members.

YPA’s table at the Pathways Pavilion is run by co-founders and siblings McKinley and Cormac Siegfried, age 24 and 19.

McKinley said the organization fills a gap between Young Eagles and social groups for older aviation enthusiasts.

Short term YPA wants to create chapters similar to EAA and  return to AirVenture 2016 with a larger membership.

“There’s not that big of an incentive—it’s expensive to learn, there’s a lot of barriers to entry, so those people who do kind of find their way through the cracks,” McKinley said.

“I think we need to do everything we can to keep them interested.”

They also hope to reduce the cost of flying for members by encouraging older pilots to donate planes and offering a tax write-off as an incentive.

Those who join YPA here are entered into daily drawings for the opportunity to ride right-seat in the Ford Tri-Motor, or for private tours of the Vette Seaplane Base and the Weeks Hangar.

The group plans a social for anyone interested Thursday night at the S.O.S. Bros tent on Waukau Avenue west of the tower.

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