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Build and Fly an RC Airplane at Your Chapter

May 2021 – EAA chapters are vital to the success of the organization and we want to ensure that we are providing value-added content and programs to both help them engage in activity and to help make being a chapter easier. Many EAA chapters have participated over the years in building and flying RC airplanes with area kids. Through our EAA Young Eagles Build and Fly program, chapters can now "push the easy button" to get an RC modeling program off the ground.

The EAA Young Eagles Build and Fly program is an RC model building-and-flying initiative to introduce youth to aircraft construction and the fundamentals of flight. This is a chapter modeling program-in-a-box designed for EAA chapters to partner with local Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) clubs to engage Young Eagles participants and other youth. The program can either be a follow-up to or lead to an EAA Young Eagles flight and is intended to further their passion for aviation.

The program kit includes an EAA-exclusive, SIG electric-powered eKadet LT-40 kit, all building materials, electronics, and accessories; a Horizon Hobby Vapor indoor RC model, and a copy of the RealFlight 9.5 RC flight simulator. The SIG electric-powered eKadet LT-40 kit is an electric motor version of the traditional SIG LT-40 Glo Plug engine-powered model, only available through this program. The only things the chapter and club need to provide are the volunteers, a space to house the program, and a computer to run RealFlight 9.5.

Thanks to the generous support of the Burgher Fund and discounts provided by SIG Manufacturing and Horizon Hobbies, the complete project kit is available to EAA chapters for just $500 (plus shipping & handling), which is approximately one-third the usual retail price of around $1,700. This is an incredible savings opportunity to bring Young Eagles back to the airport for a hands-on aviation experience. To further experience cost savings, the program is eligible to use Young Eagles credits for the purchase of the kit.

To learn more and watch our Build and Fly program video, go to EAA.org/BuildandFly.

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