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Tips for Improving the Young Eagles Flight Experience – 5-Part Series

By David Leiting, EAA Eagle Programs Manager, EAA Lifetime 579157

Young Eagles rallies are often a marquee event for EAA chapters. Some chapters host one or two large rallies per year, flying between 50 and 100 youths, while others host these events monthly and cap the number of flights at 20 or 30 participants. No matter the size of the event, chapter leaders spend significant time on planning the event. What the facility set-up will look like, who will be volunteering to check in youth or park aircraft, and sometimes even what food will be served are considerations. All of this planning is critical to a successful Young Eagles rally.

Despite all this planning, how often are best practices shared for providing the best possible flight experience? The better the experience, the more likely the youth is to latch on to an interest in aviation. After all, the world’s best pancakes are no good if the proceeding flight isn’t enjoyable.

Over the next few months, EAA will feature five surefire tips for improving the Young Eagles flight experience at your chapter’s next rally.

These articles will be published in ChapterGram, which is sent on a monthly basis. However, articles will be reshared in the Young Eagles Pilots and Coordinators newsletter. The first article examines the philosophy of quantity versus quality, while the second discusses how to involve the Young Eagle in the pre-flight process.

Five Tips for Improve the Young Eagles Flight Experience

  1. Fly One Young Eagle at a Time
  2. Involve the Young Eagle in the Aircraft Walk Around – Coming December 21
  3. Provide a Thorough Passenger Briefing – Coming in January
  4. Narrate the Flight – Coming in February
  5. Review the Young Eagles Flight Plan – Coming in March
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