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Fred Stadler Flies 6,000th Young Eagle
July 9, 2015 - EAA’s Fred Stadler, volunteer pilot at EAA’s Pioneer Airport, achieved an unprecedented milestone on July 1 by logging his 6,000th Young Eagle flown – the most ever by an individual pilot. Stadler, EAA 37882, made the flight at Pioneer in EAA’s Young Eagles GlaStar N231YE.
He knew that No. 6,000 was approaching just by looking at his logbook. So that’s when he stopped paying attention to the numbers so as not to position one kid’s flight as more important than another’s. “I do everything I can to make the kids feel they’re in control, from the moment they climb into the cockpit,” he said.
“It’s hugely rewarding to fly Young Eagles, and I would encourage folks to come out and fly some kids – it’s always exciting. And if you’re flying 10 kids, why not 20?”
Incidentally, the child who represented No. 6,000 was Elias Adrian, of Watertown, Wisconsin. Stadler only learned that when Young Eagles Manager Brian O’Lena told him a week after it occurred.
To learn more about the EAA Young Eagles program and the EAA Flight Plan, visit the EAA website.