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Spring Flying Season Is Here!

David Leiting, EAA Eagle Programs Manager, EAA Lifetime 579157


March, 2024 —  Happy spring! As the days grow longer, we are ramping up to peak Young Eagles season. With the lead-up to prime flying season (at least for us in the north) there is plenty to be aware of as Young Eagles volunteers.

Young Eagles credit letters were emailed out in late February. Thanks to the double Young Eagles credits offered in the first half of 2023, more than $470,000 Young Eagles credits were earned by chapters! Along with the credit letters, EAA released new guidance on Young Eagles credit reimbursement opportunities. Your chapter can see its balance, as well as the new credit guidance, at

International Young Eagles Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 8. To help chapters prepare for International Young Eagles Day, I will be hosting a webinar titled “Young Eagles Rally Planning 101” on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. CDT. You can register here >>>

On top of all the exciting Young Eagles happenings, I am also thrilled to announce EAA Learn to Fly Week is returning May 13-18!

This weeklong event will be focused on helping people achieve their dream of becoming a pilot. After five consecutive days of virtual presentations, the week will be capped on Saturday, May 18, with Flying Start events hosted at local airports all around the country. Your chapter is invited to partake in these Flying Start events!

I will also be hosting a webinar for chapter leaders about hosting a Flying Start event on May 18, 2024. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, at 12 p.m. CST. You can register here >>>

Chapters that host a Flying Start event on May 18 will receive additional promotional support from EAA and will be given two weekly passes for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. Events must be registered on To learn more or start planning your chapter’s event, visit

On a personal note — I am preparing for an extended leave. My wife, Michelle, and I are expecting a baby girl in early April. I will be taking a few weeks off to spend at home and will be unavailable during that time. In the interim, you can email for any assistance.

David Leiting, EAA Lifetime 579157
Eagles Program Manager

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