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September, 2022 — 

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 was the perfect setting to kick off the yearlong celebration of the Young Eagles 30th anniversary.

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Opening night of convention saw a special gathering of former Young Eagles at the Theater in the Woods. Each panel member was a byproduct of the Young Eagles program, and they have gone on to pursue some form of future in aviation — ranging from aircraft mechanics to airline pilots. Better yet, three of the former Young Eagles have gone on to participate as a volunteer pilot at local chapter rallies.

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At the Tuesday evening awards dinners, five volunteer pilots were recognized for flying Young Eagles in all 30 years of the program’s existence. Jack Haggerty, Jer/ Eberhard, Red Hamilton, Doug Milius, and Dave Kolstad were awarded a commemorative Thirty Years of Flight plaque. Those who weren’t already Lifetime members were also gifted complimentary EAA Lifetime memberships.

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On Thursday, a large gathering of Young Eagles volunteers and participants gathered on Boeing Plaza for a group photo opportunity. This gathering signaled the official kickoff of the 30th anniversary celebration. Jimmy Graham and Sean D. Tucker, Young Eagles co-chairmen, along with Leslie Poberezny, Young Eagle #1, were in attendance for the gathering.

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EAA is excited to announce that Young Eagles online registration is now compatible with a number of other EAA youth programs!

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EAA is excited to announce that Young Eagles online registration is now compatible with a number of other EAA youth programs!

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September, 2022 — 

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Young Eagles online registration has been a hit for chapter-hosted Young Eagles rallies and one-off Young Eagles flights. By allowing parents to pre-register youths, coordinate volunteers, email participants, etc., the system has made it simpler to host Young Eagles activities.

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EAA is excited to announce that Young Eagles online registration is now compatible with a number of other EAA youth programs!

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The addition of these programs will allow chapters to pre-register youths and event volunteers, promote the event online, and submit the event to EAA HQ. Youths that register for these new events can also opt in for their EAA student membership, AMA membership, as well as EAA AeroEducate. Youths that register for AeroEducate will also receive credit toward their AeroEducate badge progress.

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Continue improving your chapter’s Young Eagles program by registering for these two upcoming webinars!

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Continue improving your chapter’s Young Eagles program by registering for these two upcoming webinars!

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September, 2022 — 

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Continue improving your chapter’s Young Eagles program by registering for these two upcoming webinars!

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Guidance for Using Young Eagles Online Registration and Digital Signature | October 25, 7 p.m. CDT
\nJoin David Leiting, EAA Eagles Program manager, as he provides an in-depth look at the Young Eagles online registration system (YEDay), and how to use the EAA Digital Signature app in conjunction.

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Hosting a Young Eagles Rally — Advanced Best Practices | November 29, 7 p.m. CST
\nJoin David Leiting, EAA Eagles Program manager, as he provides a review of Young Eagles rally best practices. This webinar will go beyond the requirements of hosting a rally, and focus on best practices used at various chapters all across the association.\n

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Learn more about upcoming risk management training required for Young Eagles coordinators.

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Learn more about upcoming risk management training required for Young Eagles coordinators.

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September, 2022 — 

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Beginning in late 2022, EAA will be launching Young Eagles risk management training. This training will be mandatory for Young Eagles coordinators. Other Young Eagles and chapter volunteers will be encouraged, but not required, to take the course.

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The EAA Young Eagles program has continued to evolve over the past 30 years. The ability for volunteers to evolve along with the program has been one of the key reasons for the program’s success. The evolution and growth of Young Eagles has kept the program in line with EAA’s high standards that have been part of the organization since Paul Poberezny founded it nearly 70 years ago.

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It is more critical than ever to ensure EAA and Young Eagles volunteers are operating within program guidelines. These guidelines not only set a general outline for flying Young Eagles and hosting rallies, but they are also the standard used by the insurance companies which provide coverage for the program, chapters, and the additional $1 million of liability coverage for pilots.\nOver the past year, EAA has seen a rise in inappropriate Young Eagles practices. These practices have ranged from incorrect waiver usage or outright failure to use it all to co-mingling the Young Eagles flights with third party organizations and improper reporting. These practices put the program, and the insurance coverage provided to the program, at risk.

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To better inform Young Eagles volunteers of the current program guidelines and requirements, EAA will be launching Young Eagles risk management training in December 2022. This training will consist of a 30-minute pre-recorded webinar and short quiz. A quiz score of 70% or better will be required to pass the course. Similar to youth protection training, this course will need to be completed every three years for renewal.

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Only Young Eagles coordinators will be required to complete this training before your chapter’s first rally of 2023, or by April 30, 2023, whichever occurs first. Although not required, other Young Eagles volunteers and chapter officers are highly encouraged to take this training.

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Maintaining the integrity of the Young Eagles program is of the utmost importance to EAA. Volunteers must be fully aware of why certain guidelines are in place and how the program may suffer should these guidelines not be followed. Although this new training program is an added requirement to host Young Eagles rallies, EAA will continue investing in additional resources to keep the rally hosting process as simple as possible.

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EAA Young Eagles has earned an outstanding reputation because of the dedication, passion, and attention to detail that you pour into the program by the outstanding volunteers. With the help of all involved, we can maintain our well-earned reputation and keep the Young Eagles program thriving for generations to come.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at yeagles@eaa.org.

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September, 2022 — 

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 was certainly a convention for the books, with record attendance, more than 10,000 aircraft, and a week of weather that we may never top! One of the highlights of the convention this year was the focus on Young Eagles and the 30th anniversary celebration. There was a special energy felt amongst the volunteers, and it is an energy we aim to carry us through the year-long 30th anniversary celebration. To maintain that energy, EAA is excited to announce the following 30th anniversary programs!

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30 Flights for 30 Years: Volunteer Young Eagles pilots who fly 30 youths between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023, will be awarded a commemorative polo shirt. Once pilots reach this milestone, EAA will contact pilots to request their shirt size. Milestones will be tracked at EAA.org/YE30.

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First-Time Young Eagles Pilot Challenge: The Young Eagles program will never run into a shortage of children to fly. However, consistently growing the volunteer pilot force is critical to the future of the program. Through the 30th anniversary celebration period from August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023, all first-time Young Eagles pilots will be entered into a monthly drawing to win a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset! New pilot requirements can be found at EAA.org/YEPilots.

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Double Young Eagles Credits: To encourage more flight activity and additional chapter rallies, EAA will be offering double Young Eagles credits ($10 per flight) from January 1, 2023, to July 31, 2023. This incentive will allow chapters and volunteers from warm and cooler climates to take advantage of the bonus. Learn more about the Young Eagles Credit program at EAA.org/YECredits.

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Young Eagles 30th Anniversary Pins: The Young Eagles program would not be possible without the amazing ground volunteers. Since pilots have a challenge of their own, EAA wanted to be sure that ground volunteers received a token of appreciation for all the hard work and dedication put into the program. Chapter coordinators can request commemorative pins to award to ground volunteers at EAA.org/YE30.

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In addition to these special programs, EAA will be highlighting Young Eagles success stories, dedicated volunteers, and chapters making an impact via the Young Eagles program. There are two different forms that can be submitted, based on the story’s contents. Please fill out one of the forms to share your story and/or why you volunteer to support Young Eagles.

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Although the 30th anniversary is one of highlights of the program this fall, be sure to check out a number of other critical announcements in this month’s newsletter. These include Young Eagles risk management training, Young Eagles online registration updates, and some interesting Young Eagles webinars.

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As always, thank you for your dedication to making Young Eagles the world’s greatest youth aviation program!

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\nTailwinds,
\nDavid Leiting, EAA Lifetime 579157
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March 26, 2020 - If you're an EAA member and now have kids distance-learning from home, or if you're an EAA member who is an educator, the Aviore website offers a variety of hands-on activities that can help teach aviation principles while kids have fun.

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The website offers several activities open to all, plus an extensive list of premium content for EAA members that includes activities for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These activities are based in STEM-learning curricula and are part of EAA’s expanding opportunities for young people to discover more about flight.

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February 13, 2020 - The benefits of immersive, small group flight instruction are coming to Oshkosh again in 2020, as EAA is hosting five Sport Pilot Academy sessions this year, beginning in May.

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The EAA Sport Pilot Academy offers a direct path to sport pilot certification through a three-week training program that eliminates obstacles such as scheduling conflicts and instructor availability. The program takes participants from the first flight through their sport pilot checkride at EAA facilities in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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\"The success of our previous Sport Pilot Academy sessions over the past two years has encouraged us to expand the program to five sessions in 2020,\" said Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety. \"The Sport Pilot Academy is a way for those committed to learning to fly to earn that pilot certificate with a strong support system around them at EAA.\"

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The three-week program offers one-on-one and small group instruction, with flight training in new Van's RV-12iST aircraft equipped with the latest Garmin avionics. Lodging, meals, and camaraderie with fellow students are all included, as well as additional aviation experiences that can be found only in Oshkosh.

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The 2020 Sport Pilot Academy sessions will be held on the following dates:

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  • May 9-31 (Collegiate Sport Pilot Academy)
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  • June 6-28
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  • August 8-30
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  • September 5-27
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  • October 3-25
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The Collegiate Sport Pilot academy is a scholarship-based session, with up to five scholarships awarded to students attending a post-secondary institution and focusing on an aviation program such as aeronautics engineering, aviation management, airframe and powerplant maintenance, and more.

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Applications for the upcoming session are not currently being accepted. Check back for 2022 Sport Pilot Academy information.

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Complete information and requirements are available at EAA.org/SportPilotAcademy. Major sponsors of EAA's Sport Pilot Academy include Garmin, Rotax Aircraft Engines, and SteinAir, with additional support provided by Sensenich Propellers, AeroLEDs, and EarthX Lithium Batteries.

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February 6, 2020 - Dreams will take flight for young people between the ages of 8 and 17 during the 27th annual International Young Eagles Day on Saturday, June 13. Each year we set aside one day to encourage all EAA members and chapters to participate in the Young Eagles program and share their passion for aviation with a new generation.

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Whether you fly Young Eagles as part of a chapter-sponsored flight rally, on your own as an individual member, or you volunteer on the ground to ensure the flight experience is positive and educational, we urge all EAA members to make sure that young people in their areas have the opportunity to discover flying on this day.

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To find International Young Eagles Day events near you, visit EAA's calendar of events, contact your local EAA chapter, or call 877-806-8902.

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Click here to learn how to become a Young Eagles volunteer pilot.

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December 12, 2019 The inaugural Day of Flight on Tuesday, December 17, is an opportunity for EAA members and aviation enthusiasts to help others experience the dream of flight. Working together, we’re raising funds and awareness of EAA’s programs in education, safety, and outreach.

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Programs such as Young Eagles, the Women Soar Society, KidVenture, Heritage in Flight, and more are made possible through EAA Aviation Foundation donor support, so to celebrate the Wright brothers’ first successful powered flight, EAA is inviting EAA members to help others experience the dream of flight on this inaugural Day of Flight. 

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On the Day of Flight, watch your email inbox and social media feeds for opportunities and information on giving! Additionally, any prospective donors can give online at EAA.org/DayofFlight, call EAA at 800-564-6322, or email rkasel@eaa.org to let us know you’d like to support the Day of Flight. And of course, you can share this information with others who might want to give. 

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Donations will be used to further the mission of growing participation in aviation. The minimum gift amount is $5 and every gift counts! For more information, please reach out to the EAA Aviation Foundation at 800-564-6322.

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October 31, 2019 - The chapter application for the 2020 Ray Aviation Scholarship program is open from now until January 31, 2020. All EAA and divisional chapters are eligible to apply for a slot in the program, securing a $10,000 flight training grant to be awarded to a local youth. If prequalified, chapters can begin nominating scholars in mid-March 2020.

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\"The reopening of the chapter application not only allows chapters to reapply for a Ray Aviation Scholarship, but allows chapters to reevaluate how they can become an even stronger supporter of their local youth,\" said David Leiting Jr., EAA chapter field representative II. \"One of the most critical components of the chapter application is how the chapter articulates the plan to mentor and support scholars. Chapters should take this opportunity to brainstorm how they will keep scholars energized and engaged all the way throughout flight training.\"

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Chapters that participated in the program in 2019 are also eligible to opt into a 50/50 matching fund. If the chapter commits to $5,000 in funding, the Ray Foundation will match with $5,000, guaranteeing the chapter a scholarship slot. These chapters can begin nominating scholars in mid-January 2020.

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Your chapter's scholarship coordinator can apply for a $10,000 flight training grant or opt into the 50/50 match program by completing the 2020 Ray Aviation Scholarship Application.

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Join or review the EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship – 2020 and Beyond webinar to learn about changes to the Ray Aviation Scholarship and how the program will take shape moving forward.

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To learn more about the Ray Aviation Scholarship program and program requirements, visit EAA.org/RayScholars.

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October 10, 2019 - Former Young Eagle and current Young Eagles pilot Joe Coraggio of Glendale, Arizona, was named Sport Class Rookie of the Year at the STIHL National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, in September.

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Joe, EAA Lifetime 563242, started hanging around at Capitol Airport in his hometown of Brookfield, Wisconsin, at the age of 12. Pilots there dubbed Joe the ramp rat, and he honored that nickname by calling the race team he went on to start Ramp Rat Racing. Joe was inspired by everything he saw at the small suburban airport, including homebuilt airplanes.

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He went on from Brookfield to earn a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota and start his career as a pilot. Joe has been a pilot and certificated flight instructor for nearly 20 years, with 13 of them as a commercial airline pilot. He currently flies the Airbus 319, 320, and 321. Joe has more than 10,000 flight hours in more than 80 different types of airplanes.

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After being inspired earlier by homebuilts, Joe built his own airplane — a highly modified Long-EZ that he named Betty. He also owns a Lancair Legacy that he races in the fiercely competitive Sport Class at Reno.

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He is a longtime EAA volunteer and a second generation Young Eagle. Since Joe's Young Eagles flight, he has dutifully passed it on and provided more than 85 Young Eagles flights to young people.

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Leading up to his first STIHL National Championship Air Races competition, Joe spent many hours in Arizona with fellow race pilots, practicing formation flying and a variety of simulated emergency maneuvers. He was accepted into the 2019 Pylon Racing Seminar, a prerequisite to participating in the National Championship Air Races. He earned his Sport Class Race Pilot Certificate in June.

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In Reno, Joe recorded a speed of 274.386 mph, to qualify for the pole position for the first Sport Class Bronze Heat. Flying the 6.7757-mile Sport Class course, Joe completed Heat 1C with a total of six laps in 09:01:402 at an average speed of 274.720 mph, taking first place and bumping him into the Sport Class Silver Heat. Joe finished the week placing sixth in Sport Class - Silver with an average speed of 278.337 mph.

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\"Our deceased friend and former Sport Class racer Lee Behel was quoted as saying that he raced because he wanted to live life as a participant, not a spectator,\" Joe said after his race experience. \"His words are what inspired me to put in the work and gain the skills to be able to race. Flying at speeds nearing 300 mph 50 feet off the deck was fun, educational, and extremely humbling.\"

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Joe thanked sponsors and partners BendixKing for the avionics equipment it provided for the airplane, Air Capital Insurance LLC for supporting the team's insurance needs, and Plane Schemer for the logo and graphic arts needed for the team.

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September 26, 2019 - Bringing hands-on aviation activities to young people is the goal as EAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) unveil the new “Young Eagles Build and Fly” program to engage youth in hands-on building and flying of radio-control aircraft.

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The initiative provides EAA chapters the opportunity to purchase a specially designed SIG LT-40 eKadet kit, all building materials, electronics, and accessories that are needed to complete and fly the radio-controlled model. Thanks to the generous support of the Burgher Fund and discounts provided by SIG Manufacturing and Horizon Hobby, the complete project is available to EAA Chapters for just $500, approximately one-third the usual retail price.

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“The Build and Fly program meets the challenges of providing hands-on engagement for youth who have an interest in flight,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of publications, programs, and marketing. “Fundamental building skills, aircraft design, theory of flight, and flight training are all involved in a fun project that supplies a true sense of accomplishment when completed. It is also another ‘next step’ possibility for Young Eagles who are flown by EAA chapters throughout the country.”

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EAA chapters will partner with their local AMA Club to create a build project and a learn-to-fly program for interested youth. Participants will discover how to both build and fly this popular radio-controlled trainer in hopes they will continue their pursuit of aviation. The easy-to-fly LT-40 eKadet is an American-designed and manufactured kit that, when completed, has a nearly six-foot wingspan that can be flown at AMA club flying fields to continue the engagement with youth.

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“The path from RC modeling to full-scale aviation is a long-established and successful one,” said Chad Budreau, AMA executive director. “AMA clubs nationwide have the facilities and enthusiasm to welcome and engage a new generation of fliers. We eagerly join with EAA and our partners to make this program a widespread success.”

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The Young Eagles Build and Fly program is now available to EAA chapters. Additional details are also available at EAA.org/BuildandFly or through EAA and AMA headquarters.

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July 11, 2019 - The EAA Young Eagles program achieved a major milestone on June 28, as 60,000 Young Eagles have now enrolled in the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.

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The Sporty's Learn to Fly Course offers ground school, test prep, and real-world training all in one easy-to-use system. Learning content consists of dynamic in-flight HD video, 3D animations, and easy-to-understand instruction that prepare students to earn private, recreational, and sport pilot certificates. Students also gain access to narrated flight maneuvers, powerful analytical tools, and even a CFI if extra help is needed.

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\"It is incredibly important for EAA and the Young Eagles program to provide children interested in aviation with as many outlets as possible to learn more about flying,\" said Brian O’Lena, senior program coordinator of the EAA Young Eagles program. \"Fostering the spirit of aviation within these thousands of kids has the potential to turn their interest in flying into a future hobby or even a career.\"

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Sporty's Learn to Fly Course has earned numerous awards and was recently named the best virtual training course for earning a private pilot certificate by Aviation Consumer. The course was praised for its engaging and intuitive content, portability, and dynamic study options for all aspects of initial flight training.

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Sporty's, a longtime partner of EAA and the Young Eagles program, has offered the Learn to Fly Course (valued at $199) to Young Eagles free of charge for the last nine years, giving Young Eagles the best of the best when it comes to flight training resources.

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\"As a company and as individuals, we are committed to growing the pilot population,\" said Michael Wolf, CEO and president of Sporty's. \"Providing our LTF Course to Young Eagles helps to encourage young people to pursue their aviation dreams.\"

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July 3, 2019 - Trent McBride of EAA Chapter 1218 in Willow Springs, Missouri, has passed his private pilot checkride, becoming the first of the Ray scholars to accomplish that goal.

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\"The support from EAA Chapter 1218 and the local aviation community to help Trent achieve his first step in pursuing a career as a professional pilot is what the Ray Aviation Scholars program is all about, and is a true testament to EAA's commitment to growing participation in aviation,\" EAA Chapter Field Representative II David Leiting said. \"Trent conducted his flight training with the Ozark Aviators Flying Club, a club formed by the members of EAA Chapter 1218. To have the first Ray scholar to complete their flight training follow this pathway is outstanding, and should be a model for other chapters to follow.\"

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Trent was awarded his EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship in March and has been working toward his certificate under the instruction of Mike Ennis and James Ennis. Trent graduated high school this spring and will be pursuing a career in aviation while attending College of the Ozarks and playing basketball.

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Chapter President Tom White said Trent's rapid progression through his training was facilitated by a strong work ethic and support from family, his mentor (Glenda Ennis), and Chapter 1218 members. Trent accomplished his solo flight on April 26, the FAA knowledge test on June 14, and his practical test on June 27.

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June 20, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, was EAA's annual International Young Eagles Day. Hundreds of EAA chapters in the U.S. and Canada hosted events for thousands of Young Eagles ages 8-17, including EAA Chapter 252 in Oshkosh.

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New this year was the Young Eagles Day software used to preregister and manage a chapter’s Young Eagles rally. More than 190 chapters registered to use the free software and many used it to help their efforts on this special day.

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Final numbers are still coming in, but it appears that the number of Young Eagles flown is strong compared to recent years. The success of International Young Eagles Day depends on the thousands of dedicated volunteer ground crew, coordinators, and pilots who make the events so successful, as does so much that EAA is able to accomplish.

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April 24, 2019The first large group of Ray Aviation Scholarships have been awarded to 23 young people who will now be financially supported for their flight training activities and mentored by EAA chapters in their home areas.

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The Ray Aviation Scholarship program, announced by EAA in January, seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current 20 percent level to 80 percent for those participating in the scholarship program. The program is managed by EAA and administered through its chapter network. EAA chapters will be responsible for identifying youths for the program and mentoring them through flight training.

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“More than 230 EAA chapters expressed interest in the Ray Aviation Scholarship program and we are thrilled to announce the first major group of scholarship awards,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice present of communities and member programs. “Within this group of 23 scholarship recipients, 22 of them are former EAA Young Eagles and seven attended the EAA Air Academy as they discovered their passion for flight.”

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In addition, 10 of the scholarship recipients participated in the Sporty’s Online Learn to Fly Course, which is available free of charge to all EAA Young Eagles.

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The Ray Foundation has provided $1 million to EAA to fund Ray Aviation Scholarships for up to 100 young people. Scholarship namesake James Ray, who died in April 2017, was a longtime supporter of EAA programs and youth initiatives. One of his most visible areas of support was financing the EAA Air Academy Lodge that opened in 1998. This residence facility supports the annual EAA Air Academy, the world’s longest running aviation youth camp, which is held in Oshkosh each summer.

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EAA chapters will play a critical role in the success of the Ray Aviation Scholarship program. Chapters interested in participating must be prequalified by EAA through an application process. If selected, they will mentor and support the scholarship recipient throughout their flight training journey. As a Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund participant, candidates will also commit to volunteer service with the local EAA chapter.

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April 4, 2019 - The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is recognizing the accomplishments of young aviators who are EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship recipients by awarding a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset to each recipient on the path to successfully completing flight training.

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The headset donations, announced at the SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Florida, recognize the importance of the Ray Aviation Scholarships, which award up to $10,000 to each recipient through EAA. Those scholarships allow young people to take flight training in their local regions. The Ray Foundation has provided $1 million to EAA to fund these scholarships for up to 100 young people. The program seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current 20 percent level to 80 percent for those participating in the scholarship program.

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\"EAA has successfully shown its commitment to growing aviation through participation by young people in such programs as Young Eagles and now the Ray Aviation Scholarship initiative,\" said Allan Schrader, founder and president of Lightspeed Aviation. \"The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, through its 2019 Growth Initiative, wants to empower great programs, such as this one from EAA, to make them even more effective in expanding and promoting a vibrant pilot community.\"

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EAA announced the first two Ray Aviation Scholarship recipients in February. The program is managed by EAA and administered through its chapter network, which identifies candidates and mentors them through flight training. More than 200 EAA chapters from all regions of the country have applied to participate in the scholarship program.

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\"The leadership of the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation in supporting and encouraging efforts to grow the aviation community is an excellent example of understanding the importance of focusing on new pilot growth,\" said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board. \"Through programs such as Ray Aviation Scholarships, our goal is twofold: To inspire and welcome more young people who want to pursue their personal dreams of flight, and to boost the success rate of those who begin flight training through consistent mentorship and recognition. An enormous thank-you goes to Lightspeed for its support.\"\n

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A Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset will be awarded to each scholar upon completion of their solo flight and ground school requirements, as a step toward ultimately completing flight training. Using social media tools and benchmarks to maximize reach, their stories will exemplify the possibilities available to young people in aviation and the resources available to them in their local regions.

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\"Watching young people achieve their dreams of flight is our objective,\" Schrader said. \"As tools for enhanced flight training, we're thrilled our headsets will help these scholars earn their wings and facilitate clear growth for aviation.\"\n

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July 21, 2018 - A Lockwood AirCam built by EAA volunteers throughout six weeklong work sessions in 2017 is nearing its mission to give introductory flights to youths as a part of EAA’s Young Eagles program.

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The AirCam, which will be on display in the Homebuilders Hangar throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, was given its yellow and blue colors in spring, with a custom Scheme Designers paint scheme and paint donated by AkzoNobel.

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EAA’s Director of Chapters and Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker, who is overseeing the build, said they are currently finishing the installation of the AirCam’s Dynon avionics package, and the aircraft will hopefully make its first flight this fall.

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The AirCam project was conceptualized in early 2017 as a way to celebrate and promote the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, which has flown more than 2 million youths since its inception.

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“The primary mission of this aircraft will be to fly Young Eagles out of Pioneer Airport, which is based right behind EAA headquarters,” Charlie said. “For those that don’t know, we offer free Young Eagles flights to any eligible kid who comes through the museum every day during the summer months. This aircraft will be one of the two aircraft that take on that role as soon as it’s completed and the flight-test time is flown off.”

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In addition to its primary mission of flying Young Eagles off Pioneer Airport, the AirCam will also be used to support EAA’s air-to-air photo missions with lighter and slower homebuilt and ultralight aircraft at future AirVenture conventions.

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The volunteers who helped complete the build project ranged from homebuilding novices to building experts, and they are excited to see the AirCam represent homebuilding at AirVenture and to eventually fulfill its mission.

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“I’ve recently retired from the airlines, and it was my goal to do something for a younger generation of future pilots, so this was a thrilling opportunity to build an aircraft that I love, the AirCam,” said AirCam volunteer John Cox. “To hear that they’re going to be flying young individuals next year off of Pioneer field makes it well worth the time.”

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For the past 91 years, Phillips 66 Aviation has proudly served the aviation industry. 

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May 17, 2018 - For the past 91 years, Phillips 66 Aviation has proudly served the aviation industry. Twenty-five of those years have been spent as a sponsor for EAA’s Young Eagles Program, offering a fuel rebate support program to volunteers to help offset the cost for fuel used to give Young Eagle flights. Each year since 1997, Phillips has also recognized an outstanding Young Eagles volunteer or supporting organization with the Phillips Leadership Award. This award is presented annually at the Young Eagles Awards Banquet during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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We are currently accepting nominations for this prestigious award for those who meet the following criteria:

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  • Must be a current EAA member.
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  • Has flown Young Eagles or supported the program organically.
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  • Has shown passion for the future of aviation by going above and beyond the Young Eagles flight (provide examples).
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  • Summary on why the Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award should be awarded to this recipient.
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  • Significant events for additional consideration.
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  • Contributions outside of Young Eagles.
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Please fill out the nomination form by June 15, 2018 to nominate a deserving candidate for the 2018 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Collegiate Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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April 5, 2018 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Collegiate Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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“EAA’s Collegiate Volunteer Program is all about building connections – connections with the aviation community, with other collegiate volunteers, and with EAA,” said Cassie Bruss, who coordinates the program. “Through the first years of the program, hundreds of college students have obtained amazing experiences here in Oshkosh during The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

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College-age aviation enthusiasts and students from all over the United States, with a variety of different backgrounds, are invited to volunteer at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to build their resume through networking in nearly every area of AirVenture operations including aviation, business, flight line operations, food and event management, customer service, and photo and video.

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Other benefits of the Collegiate Volunteer Program include AirVenture admission wristbands, flexible volunteer hours, a meal and beverage during shifts, opportunities to attend exclusive events and activities, a one-time, free six-month EAA membership, and complimentary camping.

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“The EAA Collegiate Volunteer Program is an excellent way to experience AirVenture,” said Malena Modirzadeh, EAA 1239164,, a 2017 collegiate volunteer from North Carolina. “It was great to see behind the scenes and take part in making the show a success. It is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages.”

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For more information or to apply, visit www.EAA.org/collegiate. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.

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\"YoungMarch 8, 2018 - A milestone was reached on March 8, as 50,000 Young Eagles have now taken the next step in their aviation journeys by enrolling in Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course after their Young Eagles flight.

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“More than 2 million young people have been introduced to airplanes and aviation through Young Eagles and 50,000 of them have enrolled in Sporty's Learn to Fly course to pursue their aviation dream,” said Michael Wolf, EAA Lifetime 460022, President and CEO of Sporty’s. “The fantastic metrics speak to the success of Young Eagles and its impact on the general aviation community.”

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A Young Eagles flight is an important and special moment for many young people, but it is only the first step in the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, which aims to get as many pilots in the sky as possible. Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is a huge part of making that happen.

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“Sporty’s has been a strong supporter of the Young Eagles program for years,” said Brian O’Lena, EAA Manager of Young Eagle and Eagle Flights. “They understand that creating the next generation of aviators is a long term process and by supplying over 50,000 Sporty’s Learn to Fly Courses to Young Eagles they are helping make the dream of flight a reality.”

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This progression from Young Eagles flights to enrollment in Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course perfectly supports EAA’s mission to grow participation in aviation by promoting The Spirit of Aviation, by giving young people more accessible pathways into the air.  

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March 1, 2018 - Two scholarships, the Chapter Network Sport Pilot Academy Scholarship and the Young Eagles Sport Pilot Academy Scholarship, are now open to applicants seeking to attend the EAA Sport Pilot Academy.

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The scholarships cover tuition and on-site costs for the August 4-25, 2018 session of the Sport Pilot Academy, a three-week program that immerses attendees in the aviation lifestyle and assists aspiring pilots in obtaining their sport pilot certificate by the end of the academy.

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The Chapter Network Sport Pilot Academy Scholarship offers $9,999 for full Sport Pilot Academy tuition to qualified applicants who have participated in the Young Eagles program who are either in, or nominated by a member of, an EAA chapter.

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The Young Eagles Sport Pilot Academy Scholarship also offers $9,999 to cover the cost of tuition at the Sport Pilot Academy, and is open to applicants who have participated in Young Eagles programs, even if they do not have EAA chapter affiliation.

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Application forms and more information on each scholarship, as well as EAA’s other flight training scholarships, www.eaa.org/flightscholarships

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EAA is partnering with AMA to bring affordable drone flying to the younger generation through the UAS4STEM competitions. 

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\"AMADecember 20, 2017 - EAA is working with the Academy of Model Aeronautics to inspire young aviators through AMA’s UAS4STEM competitions, which bring affordable drone kits to teams of young people that they can build and enter in AMA-sponsored competitions across the country.

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The UAS4STEM regional competitions are held all over the country, which the AMA hopes will ensure most teams will have a manageable drive to the nearest contest.

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EAA Partnership Development Manager Kyle Ludwick said the UAS4STEM competitions are another way EAA members can participate in introducing aviation to people who don’t have much experience with it.

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“This is a call-out for members, and chapters, to go reach out to young audiences in schools and youth programs to try to promote the AMA’s UAS4STEM teams,” Kyle said.

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Kyle explained that EAA and AMA both play an important role in bringing more young people into the world of flight, something both organizations realize is vital to the future of aviation.

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“EAA’s relationship with the AMA is important because of the role that the AMA and model aviation has on many aviators’ upbringing into aviation,” Kyle said. “By promoting AMA’s UAS4STEM program, EAA is promoting youth to learn transferable skills through a great project and competition format that they can one day take to the full-scale aviation world.”

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While the EAA chapters themselves won’t be entering the competitions, their members can serve as technical advisors on the build projects for the teams, which are made up of  four to 10 children between the ages of 11 and 19, and AMA team leaders.

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The UAS4STEM challenge comes with everything needed to assemble and fly a Quadzilla quadcopter, aside from a laptop, including the UAS4STEM Online Ground School, an autopilot, an RC system, and an onboard camera.

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Kyle said the UAS4STEM competitions are, in a way, similar to working on a homebuilding project that could compete for an award at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or in IAC competition.

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“The idea behind it is they build their Quadzilla giving them hands-on experience on how to build, program, and problem solve,” he said. “Then they are ready to go compete in regional and national competitions.”

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EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 28, 2017) — More than $135,000 in financial aid opportunities for flight training, college aviation studies, and EAA residence camps are now open for applications through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s scholarship programs. Many of the scholarships, especially those for college studies, have a deadline of January 31, 2018.

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EAA scholarships are supported by aviation-minded donors who are helping to build the next generation of flight. The awards vary from $500 grants to four-year, renewable $10,000 college scholarships for those interested in pursuing more within aviation. Categories include flight training scholarships, where aid is applied directly to instruction and flight time required to become a pilot; college scholarships that cover a wide range of aviation-related college and university studies; internships for positions that introduce young people to the aviation business world; and “camperships” that provide financial support for young people age 12-18 who want to attend the EAA Air Academy each summer.

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“As with many aspects of higher education, finding the funding to make aviation dreams come true can be a challenge,” said Bret Steffen, EAA’s director of education. “EAA is fortunate to have dozens of members and benefactors who want to give back to the world of flight through our scholarships. As with many scholarships nationwide, we encourage all qualified applicants, who in turn help us encourage more support from the aviation world. We want to ensure that young people who want to pursue flight get the support they need to make it happen.”

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While many of the awards have varying deadline dates, most of the college scholarships must receive applications by January 31, 2018. More information on all of EAA’s scholarship and financial support programs is available at www.EAA.org/scholarships.

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About EAA

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EAA embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 200,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA

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September 7, 2017 - Phillips 66 Aviation supports EAA and the more than 2 million future pilots who’ve flown with the program. A special recognition goes out to Eric Whyte who was named Phillips 66 Aviation’s 2017 Young Eagles Leadership Award winner, an annual honor given to an EAA Young Eagles volunteer who has gone above and beyond with their contributions to the program. Eric’s experience with the Young Eagles program is unique, holding the distinction of being the first individual to transition from Young Eagle to Young Eagles volunteer pilot. To date he’s flown nearly 600 Young Eagles.

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Phillips 66 Aviation also is happy to recognize Ben Van Handel, the first recipient of the Phillips 66 Aviation EAA Flight Training Award. The award provides $13,200 to help make an individual’s dreams of flight a reality. Ben is currently in flight training at the Phillips 66 Aviation branded Fond du Lac Skyport.

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Did you know that EAA Young Eagles volunteer pilots can earn a $1 per gallon discount with the Phillips 66 Aviation personal credit card at Phillips 66 branded FBOs? To learn more about the program, click here.

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To keep up with Phillips 66 Aviation on social media, follow Phillips 66 Aviation on Facebook and Twitter

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Michael Long, Jakob Brouillette, Edward Kolb, and Dawson Morgan — all former Young Eagles — passed their FAA checkrides last week at the conclusion of the three-week EAA Sport Pilot Academy flight training course they attended on scholarship.

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September 7, 2017 - Michael Long, Jakob Brouillette, Edward Kolb, and Dawson Morgan — all former Young Eagles — passed their FAA checkrides last week at the conclusion of the three-week EAA Sport Pilot Academy flight training course they attended on scholarship.

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Michael was the first to earn his sport pilot certificate, passing his checkride on August 29.

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“It’s a feeling of accomplishment, since I’ve been trying to get this for a while,” he said.

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Jakob followed Michael, securing his certificate on the afternoon of August 30. He praised the design of Sport Pilot Academy, pointing out that the condensed educational format made it easier to learn and retain knowledge.

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“This is absolutely the way to do it,” Jakob said. “To be one with EAA and to be surrounded by airplane people. To be able to get it down in a condensed format where you have airplanes ready to go, you have mechanics that will fix it if you run into a problem. The guys at the [EAA Kermit Weeks Flight Operations Center] have been great about making sure the airplanes have been flying the whole time. To have the instructors here with us, all of us living together for a couple weeks to be able to work on our pilot license together — there’s a component of camaraderie there that you wouldn’t find in normal flight training.”

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Edward and Dawson finished up with successful checkrides August 31.

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“It was a great experience to have,” Dawson said of his three weeks in Oshkosh. “Especially with the fact that everything is here for you every day. There’s no better way to learn than constantly hearing things over and over again. It didn’t get old because I have a passion for it. I think it was more efficient than if you were to go and do it on your own. I enjoyed my time here.”

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Edward added, “It was great. I got everything I came here to get, so I think it was pretty good.”

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All four Sport Pilot Academy graduates plan to fly actively, and Dawson specifically noted he wants to graduate from college with an aviation-related degree and pursue a career as a pilot. Michael and Jakob are also pondering careers in the sky, while Edward hopes to get a job as an aircraft maintenance technician and fly as a hobby. 

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August 24, 2017 - Four former Young Eagles, all of whom received scholarships to attend an August session of EAA’s Sport Pilot Academy, all recently completed their first solo flights.

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Michael Long, Jakob Brouillette, Dawson Morgan, and Edward Kolb each soloed last weekend, one week after beginning the intensive, three-week course.

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After spending the first week learning from instructors both in the classroom and in the cockpit, all four students felt pretty comfortable flying solo.

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“I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but I was excited for it. As soon as I took off, I was like ‘Yeah, let’s do this,’” Dawson, EAA 1205669, said. “I knew what I was going to do. I was just going to do pattern flight and takeoffs and landings. I knew what I was doing and I was pretty comfortable with that. I came in for my landing and it was my best landing – I almost didn’t even feel myself touch. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done. I’d never landed that well with an instructor in the plane. … It was safe and it went smooth.”

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Meanwhile, Jakob, EAA 833876, who soloed a day prior to Michael, Dawson, and Edward, said he had to deal with a bit of traffic, but otherwise his flight went without a hitch.

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“My solo was very calm, peaceful and uneventful,” he said. “I felt very prepared for it and not a whole lot happened. … There were a couple of things that happened that were weird, but no one had made any mistakes – I just encountered traffic at unusual times and stuff. I was able to work with the tower really well to avoid it. I felt really well prepared for it. I wasn’t nervous, I was excited. But I was calm and in my happy place.”

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Michael, Jakob, Dawson, and Edward all plan to be involved in aviation as active pilots after they complete their Sport Pilot Academy course next week. Each of them mentioned the possibility of flying Young Eagles in the future and Dawson specifically noted his intention to fly professionally. Michael and Jakob are also considering careers as professional pilots, while Edward hopes to find a job as an aircraft maintenance technician and fly as a hobby.

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Wherever each ends up in the coming years, they all viewed the experience they’ve gained from Sport Pilot Academy as being invaluable.

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“This camp is a great way to get our foot in the door as far as flying,” Dawson said. “Getting the training and how to fly. It’s great for all of us to get to do that in this type of environment and in an accelerated course where we’re spending every day flying and spending every day learning about aviation. I think that’s really helped propel all of us in learning at a faster and more efficient rate.”

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May 4, 2017 - For the 10th straight year, the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation in aviation once again comes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.

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Beginning in 2008, WomenVenture has brought together women from throughout the flying community with activities designed to encourage participation by women in aviation, as less than 6 percent of all pilots in the U.S. are female.

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“WomenVenture is a tremendous experience for women, particularly as it comes during the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration at Oshkosh,” said Kelly Nelson, a pilot and executive editor for EAA publications. “These activities can be a springboard to motivate other women to get involved in aviation, either for fun or as a future career, as we present activities that motivate, inform, and inspire.”

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The schedule of WomenVenture events includes the inaugural WomenVenture Social on Monday, July 24; and an Aviation Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Ninety-Nines Inc. on Tuesday, July 26. On Wednesday, July 27 – WomenVenture Day – events kickoff with Women in Aviation International’s Connect Breakfast and move to AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza for the annual WomenVenture group photo at 11 a.m., with the annual WomenVenture Power Lunch immediately following. Details on each event can be found at www.EAA.org/WomenVenture.

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As in years past, a limited-edition WomenVenture T-shirt is available to all women who participate, while supplies last. T-shirts can be picked up at the EAA Welcome Center, the Women in Aviation International booth, or the Ninety-Nines Inc. booth beginning Monday, July 24.

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WomenVenture is presented by The Boeing Company and supported by Glasair Aviation, Women in Aviation International, and The Ninety-Nines Inc. 

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March 16, 2017 - In honor of International Women’s Day, EAA Chapter 812 in Ocala, Florida, participated in a very special Young Eagles rally specifically for girls. The rally, held March 11, was part of a Women of Aviation Week event, an initiative of the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW), organized locally by CarolAnn Garratt, EAA 58437.

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“I was invited to be a speaker four years ago at one of these [Women of Aviation Week] events in Canada and was convinced that this was the way to get girls interested in aviation,” Garratt said. “Since then, I have teamed with EAA Chapter 812 to run this event.”

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According to Chapter 812 Young Eagles Coordinator Warren Levin, participants in the Girls Fly event are given a Young Eagles ride, ground school, and a tour of the airport’s air traffic control tower. The day finishes with a career session.

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“The career session really seems to be a big hit with the girls and their parents,” Garratt said. “This year, one girl signed up with the local flight school immediately after our session finished.”

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Only about six percent of pilots are female and Garratt said getting girls involved in aviation is important to increase the number of pilots worldwide.

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“One of the things that convinced me, back in 2014 when I attended the first event, was what I learned about how girls learn and do things,” Garratt said. “They tend to learn and participate in groups. If one or two girls participate in a ‘normal’ Young Eagles event, usually with 20 or more boys and six or seven male pilots, they realize immediately that this is a ‘guy’ thing. We take a day to show them that this is a ‘girl’ thing. It gets them excited and interested.”

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This year’s Girls Fly drew in 23 young women from the Ocala area and Levin said drawing a large group is typical for all of the chapter’s Young Eagles rallies. Next year, Girls Fly will be held on March 10.

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March 2, 2017 - A special yearlong exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of EAA’s Young Eagle program opened this week at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Located in the museum’s Gorman Art Gallery, the exhibit tells the story of the Young Eagles program over the last 25 years through words, photographs, video, artifacts, and interactive displays. Topics covered include the program’s origins, the volunteers who have dedicated their time and talent to helping fly more than 2 million young people since 1992, the volunteer chairpersons over the years, the impact the program has had on general aviation, and more.  

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The exhibit also features the cockpit of a Sonex aircraft, where visitors can climb inside and experience the thrill of flying for themselves through a virtual reality video.

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The special 25th anniversary exhibit is open to the public and will be on display at the museum through December 2017.

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For more information about the EAA Young Eagles program, visit EAA.org/YoungEagles. 

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Tristan Briggs, EAA 1085192, got his first taste of flight in a GA aircraft when he received a Young Eagles flight in 2011. 

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EAA Young Eagles program in 2017, we’re featuring 25 Young Eagles whose stories inspire and exemplify the impact of the program.

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February 16, 2017 - Tristan Briggs, EAA 1085192, got his first taste of flight in a GA aircraft when he received a Young Eagles flight in 2011.

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“I was kind of interested in aviation from a young age,” he said. “[The flight] really showed me that it wasn’t something that was out of reach, that it was a possibility.”

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Tristan said that flight and the Young Eagles program were vital to his continued participation in the GA community; after his flight, he went to ground school and was able to take the written private pilot exams for free, thanks to the Young Eagles program, and is now a member of the U.S. Air Force.

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“Without the benefits of the Young Eagles program I never would have been able to get my private pilot license in high school,” he said.

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After receiving his certificate in 2014, Tristan almost immediately started flying others giving 15 people their first GA flight just two days later. It wasn’t until last year that he began flying Young Eagles partly, he said, because he wasn’t sure he’d be able to as a freshly minted pilot.

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“I thought that you had to have like 750 hours or something,” he said. “I talked to a guy at an EAA booth and asked ‘How do those Young Eagles pilots do it?’”

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Since then, Tristan has flown a total of 18 Young Eagles from a small GA airport with a grass runway and a “pack of airport dogs.” He said his favorite part of the being a Young Eagles pilot is the reactions from the kids.

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“I love to see their faces light up,” he said. “They forget all their worries as they’re taxiing out through the grass and the dogs and then all of a sudden they’re flying.”

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In addition to flying Young Eagles, Tristan said he also works with local Boy Scout troops and gives presentations at the middle school to educate more young people on the accessibility of general aviation.

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“People have this view of aviation as nothing but TSA and air conditioned terminals,” he said. “They’ve got this idea that you have to have the white shirt and the tie to be a pilot. Aviation is a very American thing that you don’t have to be special or go through a special program to do.”

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If you or someone you know has a Young Eagles story to share, e-mail us at khollidaygreenley@eaa.org. You can also share your Young Eagles photos or video with us on Twitter and Instagram using #YoungEagles25.

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Read all 25 for 25 stories here >>

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EAA Young Eagles program in 2017, we’re featuring 25 Young Eagles whose stories inspire and exemplify the impact of the program.

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EAA Young Eagles program in 2017, we’re featuring 25 Young Eagles whose stories inspire and exemplify the impact of the program. 

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February 9, 2017 - Aaron Kischnick, EAA 1174614, got his first taste of general aviation flying in 2015 when John Swantek, EAA 739401, gave him a Young Eagles flight in his Mooney at an aviation camp at Midland Barstow Airport held by EAA Chapter 1093.

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“I was interested [in aviation] and just wanted to learn more so I decided to go to the camp, which led to the flight,” he said.

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Aaron said he doesn’t come from a family of aviators but being immersed in a weeklong camp encouraged him to take that Young Eagles flight and eventually go on to be a Young Eagles pilot himself, he flew 16 Young Eagles in 2016, and inspired his father as well.

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“Towards the end of my training my dad decided to start up,” he said. “He got his license a few months after I got mine.

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“I think the Young Eagles program really helps to inspire others about aviation as a whole,” he said. “It really helps introduce children to the industry. It allows us as pilots to express our passion of aviation and to inspire others to follow their dreams.”

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In addition to the Young Eagles program, Aaron said he encourages young people to talk to staff and pilots at their local airport to find out how to get involved in aviation. 

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If you or someone you know has a Young Eagles story to share, e-mail us at khollidaygreenley@eaa.org. You can also share your Young Eagles photos or video with us on Twitter and Instagram using #YoungEagles25.

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Read all 25 for 25 stories here >>

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David Leiting Jr., EAA Lifetime 579157, didn’t get an average Young Eagles ride. He got an extraordinary one.

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EAA Young Eagles program in 2017, we’re featuring 25 Young Eagles whose stories inspire and exemplify the impact of the program.

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February 2, 2017 - David Leiting Jr., EAA Lifetime 579157, didn’t get an average Young Eagles ride. He got an extraordinary one.

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“I took my Young Eagles ride at Oshkosh in 2002 in a DC-3 to kick off the afternoon air show,” he said. It wasn’t his first flight in a GA aircraft and it certainly would not be his last.

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After that first flight, David said he took another ride at a chapter rally at his local airport in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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“My second ride was a real eye opener for me, because it was the first time I got to actually pilot an airplane,” he said. “I think this was the day I knew it would be possible to learn to fly.”

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After that flight, David signed up for private pilot ground school and went on to get his private certificate in 2013. Soon after, he began giving rides with Chapter 1342 at the University of North Dakota, where he was studying airport management, and eventually became the chapter’s Young Eagles coordinator. Today he is a member of the EAA chapter office staff in Oshkosh.

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David said the Young Eagles program is extremely important for opening the eyes of young people to the world of aviation and encourages them to pursue their aviation dreams.

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 “It provides you with resources to help you take the next steps in your aviation career,” he said. “I strongly encourage any kid who takes a ride, and their parents, to look into the Young Eagles flight plan.

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“If you enjoyed your ride, do it again. Ask your Young Eagles pilot or local chapter how you can take a second ride and how else you can get involved with aviation in your local area. You’d be surprised about the doors it might open for you.”

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If you or someone you know has a Young Eagles story to share, e-mail us at khollidaygreenley@eaa.org. You can also share your Young Eagles photos or video with us on Twitter and Instagram using #YoungEagles25.

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2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, which began in 1992 and has provided more than 2 million young people ages 8-17 with an introduction to the world of personal aviation.

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January 25, 2017 - 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, which began in 1992 and has provided more than 2 million young people ages 8-17 with an introduction to the world of personal aviation.

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To celebrate, EAA has planned a variety of events and activities throughout the year starting with a special 25th anniversary exhibit in the EAA AirVenture Museum. The exhibit will share the history and impact of the Young Eagles program through photos, videos, and interactive displays.

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Starting with the February 2 issue of e-Hotline we’ll also be sharing one Young Eagles success story per week for the 25 weeks leading up to AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.

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AirVenture 2017 attendees are invited to join EAA for a birthday cake celebration and show their pride in the Young Eagles program with special 25th anniversary T-shirts and hats that will be available during the convention. EAA will also host a Young Eagles volunteer dinner on July 26 to thank those who make the Young Eagles possible and successful.

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As a special thank you to pilots who fly Young Eagles during this anniversary year, EAA has created a commemorative prop card and a set of decals. Pilots who fly at least one Young Eagle will also receive a letter of thanks from EAA. In addition, a special 25 for 25 pin will be given to pilots who fly at least 25 Young Eagles during 2017, and they will also receive recognition on the Young Eagles website.

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Additional details will be announced as they are finalized.

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If you or someone you know has a Young Eagles story to share email us at khollidaygreenley@eaa.org. You can also share your Young Eagles photos with us on Instagram or Twitter using #YoungEagles25
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EAA Chapter 579 of St. Charles, Illinois, reached a major milestone on Sunday, June 22, when it marked the 16,000th Young Eagle flown by the chapter during a Young Eagles rally at Aurora Municipal Airport. Pilot Mark Hislop, EAA 619550, provided Zachary Babb, EAA 1072158, of Hinckley, Illinois, with the flight in Hislop’s 1973 Cessna P337 Skymaster. The fact that Sunday was also Babb’s 15th birthday made it even more special.

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June 25, 2014 - EAA Chapter 579 of St. Charles, Illinois, reached a major milestone on Sunday, June 22, when it marked the 16,000th Young Eagle flown by the chapter during a Young Eagles rally at Aurora Municipal Airport. Pilot Mark Hislop, EAA 619550, provided Zachary Babb, EAA 1072158, of Hinckley, Illinois, with the flight in Hislop’s 1973 Cessna P337 Skymaster. The fact that Sunday was also Babb’s 15th birthday made it even more special.

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“It’s nice to share something I love doing with young people,” Hislop said. “It’s very rewarding for me and members of my chapter.”

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Hislop said Babb had a big smile on his face before takeoff. “He flew the entire Young Eagles pattern,” Hislop said. “As soon as he took the controls he was all business. He will be a great pilot someday.”

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Pilot and Young Eagle were presented with special shirts to commemorate the occasion. Babb’s read, “I am the 16,000th Young Eagle Flown by EAA Chapter 579 – Aurora Municipal Airport, June 22, 2014,” while Hislop’s said, “I am the Pilot to Fly the 16,000th Young Eagle with EAA Chapter 579...”

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The chapter has taught students about general aviation for 24 years, including the 22 years since the start of the Young Eagles program. Chapter 579 has also flown more Young Eagles than any other EAA chapter. Hislop has personally flown over 1,800 kids.

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Brian O’Lena, manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways at EAA, congratulated the Young Eagles volunteers at Chapter 579 for reaching the milestone.

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“16,000 is truly an amazing number,” O’Lena said. “But the program is more than just numbers; it’s about introducing young people to flight, and we appreciate all of our program volunteers no matter how many they fly.”

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Learn more about the EAA Young Eagles program.

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Centerville (Ohio) High School sophomore Alberta Dempsey received the gift of flight and the experience of a lifetime when she flew with EAA Young Eagles Chairman and renowned air show pilot Sean D. Tucker on June 25 in Dayton, Ohio. The flight was the grand prize of the Vectren Dayton Air Show Essay Contest. 

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June 26, 2014 – Centerville (Ohio) High School sophomore Alberta Dempsey received the gift of flight and the experience of a lifetime when she flew with EAA Young Eagles Chairman and renowned air show pilot Sean D. Tucker on June 25 in Dayton, Ohio. The flight was the grand prize of the Vectren Dayton Air Show Essay Contest.

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The essay contest, in association with the air show that takes place this weekend at Dayton International Airport, challenged youths ages 8-17 to imagine what first flight would be like and its significance. The 15-year-old Dempsey’s winning entry, “Flying Away from Adversity,” uses aviation as a metaphor for life.

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“To me, flying means that adversity is overcome and your plane lifts off to bigger and better places,” she wrote. Dempsey’s words won Tucker’s heart.

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“Her essay humbled me because she captured me as a person and what my world is about,” he said. “I can’t wait to share this with other young people.”

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Tucker and Dempsey flew together for about 30 minutes in his two-seat Oracle Extra 300 L in cooperation with the Vectren Dayton Air Show and the EAA Young Eagles program. In his role as Young Eagles chairman, Tucker aims to fly a Young Eagle and a Young Eagles volunteer at each air show during his 2014 tour.

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The Young Eagles program has provided free first flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, creating opportunities for scholarships, flight training, awareness, and insight into the world of flight. For more information, visit the Young Eagles website.

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame has named EAA’s Young Eagles program the recipient of its 2014 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award; an honor given to groups or organizations that are “exemplary in improving and advancing aviation.”

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June 25, 2014 - The National Aviation Hall of Fame has named EAA’s Young Eagles program the recipient of its 2014 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award; an honor given to groups or organizations that are “exemplary in improving and advancing aviation.”

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“The committee responsible for the 2014 selection process clearly believes that the positive impact the EAA Young Eagles program has had on fostering the growth of American general aviation is worthy of this recognition,” said Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan in his letter to EAA.

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The “Spirit of Flight” Award is named after the late Milton Caniff, a famous American cartoonist known for his comic strips, like Terry and the Pirates, and one of the founders of the National Cartoonists Society. Caniff’s popular Steve Canyon comic strip tells of the story of an U.S. Air Force pilot in the Korean War.

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Since its creation in 1992, the Young Eagles program has provided more than 1.8 million young people from ages 8-17 with free flights in GA aircraft. For many it was the start of their journey to becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller, and endless other career paths. More than 40,000 EAA members have volunteered over the years to make this experience possible. 

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“Without the thousands of volunteers this program would not have the history of success it has today,” said Brian O’Lena, manager of EAA Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. “They are building a new generation of aviation, and inspiring others every day through their hard work, devotion, and passion for aviation.” 

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The Young Eagles program helps foster aviation awareness for the younger generation and these flights give youth an experience of a lifetime, and can even lead them in the direction of a career in aviation.

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Previous winners of the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award include AOPA, the Tuskegee Airmen, WAI (Women in Aviation, International), and NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) and many others.

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This prestigious award will be presented at the Young Eagles dinner set for Wednesday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

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 A special EAA International Young Eagles Day rally took place on Saturday, June 14, at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, as EAA chapters 12 and 774 partnered with local aviation outreach non-profit Universal Elite Aerospace to provide first flight experiences for 23 urban youths.

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 A special EAA International Young Eagles Day rally took place on Saturday, June 14, at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, as EAA chapters 12 and 774 partnered with local aviation outreach non-profit Universal Elite Aerospace to provide first flight experiences for 23 urban youths.

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June 18, 2014 – A special EAA International Young Eagles Day rally took place on Saturday, June 14, at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, as EAA chapters 12 and 774 partnered with local aviation outreach non-profit Universal Elite Aerospace to provide first flight experiences for 23 urban youths.

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Kenneth Morris, a U.S. Navy veteran and founder of UEA, said the experience was life-changing for the students. “Ninety percent of the teens who attended the event Saturday had never left a 20-mile radius of their neighborhoods, which are usually crime-ridden and poverty-stricken,” he said. “The positive and inspiring trips did more than just take urban kids flying, it gave them confidence, boosted their self-esteem and provided a chance to escape the harsh daily realities they deal with.”

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The two ground crew personnel, Carl Carruthers and Jared Dertsch, were helpful by escorting the students to and from the FBO lobbies to the aircraft when needed, according to Morris. “The pilots, Jeff Bertsch, Jeff Clark, Mike Ely, Richard Cansler, and Richard Sessions were all very patient, informative, and more than willing to fly the kids and teens,” Morris added. “They each did an excellent job connecting with the students.”

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Learn more about the event and UEA’s outreach efforts on the organization’s Facebook page and official website.

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Former Young Eagle Brendan Robinson, who received a Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship just last year, is now a sport pilot after passing his checkride on May 29.

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June 12, 2014 – Former Young Eagle Brendan Robinson, who received a Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship just last year, is now a sport pilot after passing his checkride on May 29. Robinson, EAA 1047746, graduated from Chilton High School, Wisconsin, only a week earlier and took his checkride in a Piper J-3 Cub: “My favorite airplane,” he wrote.

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Robinson says receiving the Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship a year ago made it possible for him to earn his certificate. “I am very fortunate for the opportunity, and I appreciate EAA’s commitment not only to today’s aviation, but also tomorrow’s,” he said.

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Robinson is listed twice in the World’s Largest Logbook for Young Eagles flights, which include a flight on January 6, 1999, in a Cessna 172 with Chip Davis and on June 25, 2011, in the Young Eagles GlaStar with EAA volunteer pilot Fred Stadler. Robinson looks forward to supporting Young Eagles in the future.

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Lifetime EAA members Angela and Jim Thompson endowed the scholarship in honor of the enduring legacy of Harrison Ford’s contribution to youth and general aviation. The actor and pilot was the Young Eagles chairman for five years. This scholarship helps young people achieve their dreams of flight at any level of need, with scholarship awards supporting EAA Air Academy, flight training, and academic tuition awards.

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In the fall Robinson will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, where he’ll pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. He’s also a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

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Cessna Aircraft Co. began its third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC), on Tuesday, June 10, at Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. 

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Cessna Aircraft Co. began its third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC), on Tuesday, June 10, at Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. 

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June 11, 2014 - Cessna Aircraft Co. began its third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC), on Tuesday, June 10, at Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas.

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The flying challenge consists of eight participants who take part in an internship promoting aviation and engaging aviation enthusiasts across the country. Six of the interns pilot Cessna 172 Skyhawks for a summer-long expedition across the U.S. The other two interns assist in scheduling and dispatching the pilot interns during the program.

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DFC interns will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and meet with fellow pilots help inspire others to become involved in general aviation.

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The DFC interns participated in the opening of the event by performing a synchronized engine start before departing for their respective regions. Joe Hepburn, senior vice president at Piston Aircraft, said DFC continues to be a great opportunity for participants. “We have another strong group ready to continue the tradition of sharing our passion for flying,” Hepburn said. “The enthusiasm of our interns is contagious, and we’re thrilled to get them in the air in their customized Cessna 172 Skyhawks.”

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The pilots’ progress and scheduled events can be accessed at the Discover Flying Challenge website, which provides detailed itineraries and a map of appearances. Learn more information about the DFC interns at Cessna's website or on the Discover Flying Challenge Facebook page. There is a Cessna's Twitter page  and hashtag (#DFC14) available as well to learn more about the company and the event. 

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I recently had the privilege of flying down to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to visit EAA Chapter 2. (Full disclosure: I was born and raised in Indiana, and after 25 years of living in Wisconsin, I still enjoy flying home for a little “Hoosier hospitality.”) That said, the reason for my flight was to participate in Chapter 2’s Young Eagles rally held at Smith Field (SMD).

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I recently had the privilege of flying down to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to visit EAA Chapter 2. (Full disclosure: I was born and raised in Indiana, and after 25 years of living in Wisconsin, I still enjoy flying home for a little “Hoosier hospitality.”) That said, the reason for my flight was to participate in Chapter 2’s Young Eagles rally held at Smith Field (SMD).

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I’ve participated in many Young Eagles rallies over the years, some large, some small, some well run, and others, not so much. But they all had one thing in common: I am always impressed and heartened by the genuine spirit and enthusiasm of the EAA member volunteers. That was certainly the case at SMD, as the Chapter 2 rally was very well organized and resulted in more than 100 youths receiving their first airplane ride. Everyone involved enjoyed the day under severe-clear skies. EAA Chapter 2 provides a model of how a larger rally should be run.

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Last year proved to be another successful one for the EAA Young Eagles program. We welcomed Sean D. Tucker as our new chairman and exceeded the milestone of flying 1.8 million kids ages 8 to 17. The solid volunteer support we continue to receive reaffirms that the program is vital, viable, and well supported by EAA members.

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The EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan experienced solid 8 percent increases in both student memberships and Sporty’s Online Learn to Fly Course enrollments. Sporty’s course completions increased an amazing 47 percent! These increases signify a better understanding of our Flight Plan program by both the volunteers and participants, and deeper levels of engagement in our offerings.

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There were some challenges, too. One was a decrease in the total number of Young Eagles flown; just over 72,000 young people received flights in 2013. Some of the reasons for this decrease include adverse weather, the economy, and an aging pilot base that on average flies less frequently than in previous years.

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Our goal for 2014 is to fly 75,000 Young Eagles while maintaining the laudable gains in aviation engagement with those who have experienced Young Eagle flights. We need your continued help and dedication to reach the goal and grow participation in aviation. As chapter leaders, we encourage you to continue to conduct Young Eagles rallies and encourage your fellow members to fly Young Eagles. Most volunteers will tell you they enjoy the participation in the program as much or more than the kids do.

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So let’s go fly and share our love of aviation with the next generation! 

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What grandson doesn’t look up to his grandfather, especially when he’s building an airplane in his garage? Such a feat is an amazing challenge and adventure to an adult, but to a child, it’s pure magic! Sean Winship, EAA 1129870, grew up admiring his grandfather, who lived on a private grass strip in Florida and owned a Mini-Max airplane that he built when Sean was just 12 years old. “I thought it was the best thing ever,” Sean recalled.

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What grandson doesn’t look up to his grandfather, especially when he’s building an airplane in his garage? Such a feat is an amazing challenge and adventure to an adult, but to a child, it’s pure magic! Sean Winship, EAA 1129870, grew up admiring his grandfather, who lived on a private grass strip in Florida and owned a Mini-Max airplane that he built when Sean was just 12 years old. “I thought it was the best thing ever,” Sean recalled.

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About a year ago, Sean was driving home to Tennessee from Kentucky when memories of his grandfather’s Mini-Max entered his mind during the long drive. Sean decided to call his grandpa to remind him of how the tailwheel airplane and his hobby of flying came about.

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Well, lo and behold, one year after that chat, Sean became a private pilot, trained by flight instructor Steve Hosterman of Fly Corona in California. The dream of following in his grandfather’s footsteps and flying the Mini-Max airplane is not the only special element of this story. Sean also earned his wings in only 36.9 hours, beating the national average by almost half.

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In Sean’s words, here’s how his grandfather ignited his interest at such a young age:

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“There was a bit of distance between my grandfather and me, so we did not get much time together. [Sean lived a few hours away from his grandfather in Florida.] I remember visiting the week that he finished the build and remember thinking how prestigious it was that grandpa had an airplane…and he built it himself!

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“While I was there, he gave me a collectible Timex airplane clock that I still have on my dresser today. A few months later, my parents told me that he wrecked the airplane during a taxi test with no harm to himself, so I figured all hopes of seeing him fly it were out the window.

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“It was at that point that my fairly new passion for aviation went away for a bit since the plane was gone. I was devastated and remember daydreaming about what happened to grandpa and the plane. To my surprise, more than 10 years later when I called him about what kind of plane it was, he shared with me that he still had it! He told me that he didn’t have a wreck; he had a fuel issue from some faulty fuel lines, and he decided at that point that he could no longer safely fly due to his health. And so the plane was set up for storage in the year 2000.

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“I never got a chance to fly with him because the Mini-Max has just one seat; and he had no other airplanes during my youth that I remember. But I will soon fly the Mini-Max in his honor [It will be the first official flight for the certificated plane], and I plan to take a commercial flight to Florida to see him and show him the first flight video in person. I cannot wait to see him light up!”

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During the time the Mini-Max has been undergoing a mild restoration, Sean has been studying and working hard on his flying skills. Sixty-seven flight-training hours is the average for most student pilots to receive their private pilot certificate. How did he do it so quickly?

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In speaking to both Sean and his instructor, Steve, there are a few main characteristics that keyed Sean’s training and put him closer to his goal of flying grandpa’s plane.

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Before arriving at Fly Corona, Sean said he prepared himself well. He studied and studied hard. He began an online ground course two months before arriving at the school and also purchased several FAA-approved books in order to be as knowledgeable as possible beforehand.

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He notes that he’s known to be a “jack of all trades, master of some.” Being a master of some is likely related to his dedication to learning and resourcefulness. Sean definitely did his homework, and then some.

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In addition to studying hard, Sean trained actively; he was extremely dedicated. Sean shared, “I flew at least twice a week and many times it was three flights in a week. I remember many ground school lessons with Steve in which something I learned about during my pre-studies came to life because I actually had to do it. To become familiar with the phonetic alphabet, I probably read over a thousand license plates phonetically during my first month of training. I also remember lying in bed pretending to be flying the plane and would go through procedures and checklists in my mind. I thought about and talked about aviation and my training at all times.”

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Sean took an introductory flight in mid-October 2013, began active training the first week of November, and passed his checkride on January 25, 2014. Although it can be done, this is not the average. Sean pushed hard to reach his goal. He also recognized his instructor as part of his path to success.

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Sean praised his flight instructor for balancing encouragement with accountability. “He encouraged me every step of the way and held me accountable at the right times to make me want to keep moving forward, especially when I was struggling in my progress,” Sean said.

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Sean also credits the curriculum that Fly Corona uses. Fly Corona is an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school which means training is more structured and strict, allowing students the advantage of knowing they are learning the best practices out there and receiving overall high-quality instruction. But don’t let “strict” scare you; these flight instructors are plenty of fun.

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“I’ll never forget my final landing with Steve before my first solo flight,” Steve recalled. “Coming down final, he said, ‘This is the last one before solo - water my eyes.’ So I performed very well, landed the plane like a pro, and he said, ‘NTSB - you know what that means?’

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“I began thinking to myself, isn’t that the National Transportation Safety Board? But before I could say what I was thinking, he says, ‘Not too shabby, bubba!’ From that day forward, “NTSB” became a small part of every flight that I will never forget.

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“I also remember Steve cutting the back of my shirt out, a tradition for the first solo flight, and everyone at Fly Corona smiling, congratulating, and shooting pictures. It was such a fun day!” Steve also recalled flying with the assistant chief flight instructor, just before his first solo flight.

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“As I turned final about a mile before landing, I got quiet so I could focus because we were talking a lot. And he began poking me in the arm, laughing, telling me that someday I will be flying and the kids in the back will be very distracting; and I have to learn how to deal with it. That was a lot of fun, too! There are many memories just like those that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

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Having had such rapid success in achieving his aviation goals, Sean offered the following advice to new flight students.

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  • Start ASAP - this flying stuff is great!
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  • When you start training, don’t stop.
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  • Trust your instructor - he wants you to succeed.
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  • When you get your license, keep the learning mentality for life.
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  • Immerse yourself in aviation; it will be worth it.
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Soon Sean will start pursuing his tailwheel endorsement so he can achieve the goal of flying grandpa’s Mini-Max, which he moved from his grandpa’s Florida home to his house in Tennessee where the restoration work began.

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Now it sits in his garage in California, receiving the final restoration touch-ups while it awaits its “maiden voyage.” In the meantime, he said he’ll be back at Fly Corona to grab some time in the school’s Cessnas and continue earning his complex and high-performance endorsements someday.

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If you happen to see Sean around the school, make sure to say hi, congratulate him, and don’t hesitate to ask him for a piece of advice. Maybe he has some more tricks up his sleeve along the lines of reading license plates phonetically to fine-tune your radio communication skills.

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June 5, 2014 - Each year thousands of volunteers worldwide introduce nearly 80,000 young people to flight through EAA’s Young Eagles. On International Young Eagles Day, Saturday, June 14, more than 5,000 kids are expected to take their first flight in a GA aircraft, expanding their horizons and introducing them to new career paths.

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To kick off the hundreds of Young Eagles rallies next weekend, program chairman and legendary aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker will introduce a young person to a first flight on Thursday, June 12, as Tucker prepares for the Great Tennessee Air Show taking place June 14-15 in Smyrna, Tennessee. On June 14, Tucker will celebrate International Young Eagles Day by dedicating his performance to this year’s new Young Eagles and volunteers.

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“Young Eagles is not just a program to fly kids, but a movement to inspire kids, parents and communities through the many aspects of aviation,” Tucker said. “Flight has enriched my life and countless others’ lives. International Young Eagles Day is an opportunity to share the magic of aviation and all the possibilities it presents whether for a career or sheer enjoyment.”

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Young Eagles are flown in both EAA Chapter flight rallies and by individual EAA-member pilots. In addition, thousands of other EAA members will volunteer on the ground to ensure the flight experience is positive and educational.

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“While we encourage Young Eagles flights throughout the year, International Young Eagles Day allows us to emphasize EAA’s mission of growing participation in aviation to this new generation,” said Brian O’Lena, manager of EAA Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. “We urge all EAA members to make sure that young people in their areas have the opportunity to discover flying on that day.”

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For more information about flying Young Eagles or locating a Young Eagles rally, contact the Young Eagles office at 920-426-6114 or www.youngeagles.org.

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Legendary aerobatic pilot and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker kicks off his 2014 performance schedule this weekend, May 3-4, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum Air Show in Chino, California.

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May 1, 2014 - Legendary aerobatic pilot and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker kicks off his 2014 performance schedule this weekend, May 3-4, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum Air Show in Chino, California.

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Tucker is slated to perform in his Team Oracle Challenger III biplane at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend is the first of 14 air show performances Tucker has on his 2014 schedule, including at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh from July 28 through August 3.

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Throughout the air show season, Tucker will support Young Eagles and recognize the program’s volunteers at many of his air show appearances. Sean is fully engaged as Young Eagles chairman, flying as many young people as his busy schedule allows, and also providing visibility to Young Eagles at air show markets across the country.

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Following his Chino performance, Tucker will serve as master of ceremonies at Sunday night’s inaugural Endeavor Awards Gala event honoring heroes of public benefit aviation in Los Angeles where he’ll be joined by fellow aviation legends Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy, EAA Chairman Emeritus Tom Poberezny, and John and Martha King. 

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Able Flight, an organization that offers flight training scholarships to people with disabilities, has awarded a record nine new scholarships in 2014 with six recipients set to begin their training in May at Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology.

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Able Flight, an organization that offers flight training scholarships to people with disabilities, has awarded a record nine new scholarships in 2014 with six recipients set to begin their training in May at Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology.

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April 17, 2014 - Able Flight, an organization that offers flight training scholarships to people with disabilities, has awarded a record nine new scholarships in 2014 with six recipients set to begin their training in May at Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology. Another recipient has completed a career training course, and two others are upgrading existing pilot certificates.

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When they arrive at Purdue on May 20, the six student pilots will immediately begin flight and ground training programs leading to a sport pilot certificate. This year’s class includes wounded veterans Jason Gibson of Ohio, a veteran who lost both legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2012; veteran Chris Sullivan of Louisiana, paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet during service in Iraq in 2005; Ellen Howards of Massachusetts, who was born with a congenital spinal condition that over the years has required multiple surgeries and has her partially paralyzed; veteran Curtis Stanley, who lost his left arm due to an accident occurring while he was in the service; Daniel Clayton of Pennsylvania paralyzed due to injuries from an auto accident in 2011; and Tim Klemm of Illinois, who was paralyzed due to an auto accident in 2003.

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In addition, wounded veterans Ryan Kelly of Texas and Adam Kisielewski of Maryland have been awarded scholarships to transition to higher level pilot certificates. And with his Able Flight Career Training Scholarship, Tyrell Rhodes of Illinois recently completed training at Flight Safety International to earn certification as a corporate scheduler/dispatcher. They are certificated pilots and previous recipients of Able Flight scholarships.

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“This will be our fifth year partnering with Purdue to provide an outstanding flight training experience for our students,” said Able Flight’s Charles Stites. “When they arrive there, they’ll discover not only a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, but will quickly begin an intensive and demanding program designed to challenge them every day.”

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Able Flight scholarships have helped create 35 certificated pilots, 33 of them sport pilots and two private pilots. The organization was first publicized at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 and awarded its first scholarships the following year.

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This week, EAA and Sporty’s announced that the more than 25,000 EAA Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty’s Learn to Fly course, which is provided free to Young Eagles to help them pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight.

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April 17, 2014 - This week, EAA and Sporty’s announced that the more than 25,000 EAA Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty’s Learn to Fly course, which is provided free to Young Eagles to help them pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight.

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The Sporty’s course is part of EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Plan - a five-step program to create a clear pathway to aviation.

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“We’re delighted that more than 25,000 Young Eagles have now taken advantage of their free access to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course,” said Sporty’s President/CEO Michael Wolf. “We are proud our course is a key component of the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, which may be the most productive aviation youth program ever.”

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The EAA Flight Plan begins with an introductory airplane ride for Young Eagles (youths ages 8-17) provided by a volunteer EAA pilot in a GA aircraft. From there, participants have access to a free EAA Student Membership, the Sporty’s course, a free first flight lesson at a local flight school of their choice, and the ability to apply for numerous scholarship opportunities available to support continued flight training until a pilot certificate is obtained. EAA also reimburses Young Eagles for the $150 cost of taking the FAA written exam when they pass.

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“Sporty’s support has been the key element in developing our Young Eagles Flight Plan program” said Brian O’Lena, manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. “The Sporty’s Complete Flight Training course offered free online to Young Eagles has produced excellent results turning Young Eagles into pilots.”

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Over the last 21 years, the EAA Young Eagles program has flown more than 1.8 million young people free of charge. Recent research shows that these young people are five times more likely to become pilots than non-Young Eagles. They also already comprise more than 7 percent of the nation’s pilot population under age 35, as nearly 20,000 pilots are former Young Eagles participants.

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Since the joint effort began in April 2009, Sporty’s has donated courses that have a retail value in excess of $5 million.

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William \"RO\" Carter, EAA 352946, of Longwood, Florida, and Randy Epstein, EAA 833410, of Hoschton, Georgia, are the first quarter drawing winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided for eligible Young Eagle pilots by Lightspeed Aviation.

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William \"RO\" Carter, EAA 352946, of Longwood, Florida, and Randy Epstein, EAA 833410, of Hoschton, Georgia, are the first quarter drawing winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided for eligible Young Eagle pilots by Lightspeed Aviation.

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April 10, 2014 - William \"RO\" Carter, EAA 352946, of Longwood, Florida, and Randy Epstein, EAA 833410, of Hoschton, Georgia, are the first quarter drawing winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided for eligible Young Eagles pilots by Lightspeed Aviation. Both Carter and Epstein were automatically entered by returning Young Eagles flight registration forms for flights completed in the first quarter 2014.
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Carter, who has flown 129 Young Eagles since 2002, was entered in the first quarter drawing by flying at least one Young Eagle in the first quarter of 2014 and submitting the Young Eagles registration form. Epstein has a total of 133 Young Eagles flights since 2011 and was selected in our special second Lightspeed drawing for pilots who reach at least 10 flights for 2014.
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To become eligible to win a headset, simply fly at least one Young Eagle during a quarter and submit the Young Eagles registration form (must be postmarked by the end of the quarter in which the flight occurs). Young Eagles pilots are encouraged to send in their Young Eagles registration forms as soon after the flight as possible.
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Drawings for the rest of 2014 will be held for quarters ending June 30, September 30, and December 31.
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\"Lightspeed Aviation is a valuable partner of the Young Eagles program and understands our mission,\" said Brian O'Lena, manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. \"We're extremely grateful for their support in providing a chance for our pilots to win one of these quality headsets.\" 
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Tubreaux Aviation of Shreveport, Louisiana - a flight training facility that works with Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker - is helping to build the future of flight by offering a complete private pilot training experience to a previous EAA Young Eagle participant who is now 18-21 years old.

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March 20, 2014 - Tubreaux Aviation of Shreveport, Louisiana - a flight training facility that works with Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker - is helping to build the future of flight by offering a complete private pilot training experience to a previous EAA Young Eagle participant who is now 18-21 years old.
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This is a start-to-finish training program covering all lessons, requirements and flight time to earn a private pilot certificate. Tubreaux Aviation's professional instructors will supply the training in Cessna 172 aircraft and in Redbird Flight Simulators. In addition, transportation to Shreveport and housing are provided for the three to four weeks of training. The goal is to have training and checkride completed prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
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\"Tubreaux Aviation and its owners, Wyche T. Coleman III and Luke Lamard, understand that it takes everyone in aviation to encourage and build the next generation of pilots,\" said Brian O'Lena, EAA Young Eagles program manager. \"That's why it's so gratifying to see them step forward and provide a Young Eagle with the training to realize the dream of flight. We appreciate their generosity and see it as an example of what's possible.\"
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The recipient must be age 18-21 and be a registered Young Eagles flight participant.
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To apply, send the following to development@eaa.org by Friday, April 18:
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All applications must be sent to the above address at EAA, which will make the final determination of the recipient. Any questions should be forwarded to Brian O'Lena at 920-426-6297 or bolena@eaa.org
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EAA will again hold quarterly drawings for Lightspeed Zulu headsets for active Young Eagles pilots and adds a second quarterly drawing for pilots who fly 10 or more young people.

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March 13, 2014 - EAA will again hold quarterly drawings for Lightspeed Zulu headsets for active Young Eagles pilots and adds a second quarterly drawing for pilots who fly 10 or more young people.
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To enter, simply fly at least one Young Eagle and submit the Young Eagles registration form (must be postmarked by the end of the quarter in which the flight occurs). Young Eagles pilots are encouraged to send in their Young Eagles registration forms as soon after the flight as possible.
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Drawings for 2014 will be held for quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. \"Lightspeed Aviation graciously provides these headsets to support our program,\" said Brian O'Lena, manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. \"Lightspeed is a valuable partner of the Young Eagles program. We're grateful for their support and that we can provide a chance to win such a quality headset to our pilots.\"
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A second quarterly drawing has been added this year for pilots who reach the \"10 flights for 2014\" mark. For years EAA has asked each pilot to set the personal goal of flying as at least 10 Young Eagle flights per year, and this year reaching that milestone gets a pilot an automatic entry into this additional drawing - also held for quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. 
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In August 2006, an 11-year-old Jarin Leake of Keenesburg, Colorado, had his first airplane flight on an American Airlines MD-80 from Denver to Chicago. \"That was my first exposure to aviation,\" he recalled. \"Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a pilot.\"

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In August 2006, an 11-year-old Jarin Leake of Keenesburg, Colorado, had his first airplane flight on an American Airlines MD-80 from Denver to Chicago. \"That was my first exposure to aviation,\" he recalled. \"Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a pilot.\"

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March 6, 2014 - In August 2006, an 11-year-old Jarin Leake of Keenesburg, Colorado, had his first airplane flight on an American Airlines MD-80 from Denver to Chicago. \"That was my first exposure to aviation,\" he recalled. \"Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a pilot.\"
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He held onto that dream through middle and high school until 2012 when Jarin decided to look into aviation scholarship opportunities. He soon came across the EAA Young Eagles program with its popular EAA Flight Plan and flight training scholarships. He learned that going on a Young Eagles flight would make him eligible for numerous benefits associated with the EAA Flight Plan, including a free first flight lesson, free access to the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course to help him pass the FAA written exam, and the ability to apply for flight training scholarships.
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Jarin scheduled a Young Eagles Flight with Stephanie Wells, EAA 765661, and a member of Chapter 43 in Loveland, Colorado. On March 17, 2012, they went up in her RV-6 and he not only got to take the controls, but Jarin experienced his first 3g turn. He said that for the first time, he had the feeling, \"Hey, I can do this!\"
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A few months later Jarin had his free first flight lesson at New Frontiers Aviation at Platt Valley Airpark (18V). In June 2012 he went up with instructor Charles Aden, and in the following months took about four more lessons - about all he could swing given his limited financial resources.
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In November that year, Jarin applied for a Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship, primarily funded by an endowment from Angela and Jim Thompson and named in honor of the famous actor and pilot who served as EAA's Young Eagles chairman from 2004-2009.
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Jarin was notified in January 2013 that he was selected to receive a $7,500 Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship, which would provide the necessary funds for him to obtain his private pilot certificate. By March he was taking weekly flight lessons with Aden at New Frontiers Aviation, and flew his first solo on May 10, in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
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Flight training continued through about November when he took some time to cram for the knowledge exam. After passing the oral on January 16, 2014, Jarin went up for his checkride and passed. He was now a private pilot!
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Jarin now wants to get transition training in high-performance complex airplanes like a Piper Comanche along with mountain flight training. He also intends to join the Civil Air Patrol and be a search and rescue pilot, but he'd eventually like to be a commercial pilot for a charter or airline. His ultimate goal is to be a commercial astronaut.
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Meanwhile he plans to fly Young Eagles himself, hoping to ignite the passion for flight in a would-be pilot and giving back to the program that provided the resources for him to pursue his dream of flight.
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\"I have to say it's been a true blessing and a wonderful opportunity,\" he said. \"And I wouldn't be where I am today without EAA. I appreciate it tremendously - it means a lot to me and my family.\"
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He figures about 50 people have asked him for a ride and he plans to get to them all eventually. \"Rentals are scarce in this area,\" he said, \"and that's the only way I can fly now.\"
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Aviation enthusiasts from around the world will fly into Florida's Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun 'n Fun International Fly In and Expo April 1-6, but there will also be one very significant departure on April 3: The Think Global Flight (TGF) crew is set to take off from Sun 'n Fun to launch its around-the-world flight promoting S.T.E.M. education and aviation.

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February 12, 2014 - Aviation enthusiasts from around the world will fly into Florida's Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun 'n Fun International Fly In and Expo April 1-6, but there will also be one very significant departure on April 3: The Think Global Flight (TGF) crew is set to take off from Sun 'n Fun to launch its around-the-world flight promoting S.T.E.M. education and aviation.
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Captain Judy Rice, CFI and teacher, and navigator Fred Nauer, CFI-I and retired airline pilot, will fly the northern route with an easterly heading, stopping at schools around the world to interact with students and discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. They'll continue on for three months and arrive back in Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2014.
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At the Sun 'n Fun launch, the crew will be joined by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Voyager Pilot, Dick Rutan. Then Aldrin will ride along in the Cirrus SR22 on first flight leg, destination, the Dominican Republic.
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\"Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program, the USA was No. 1 in science and technology fields,\" Aldrin said. \"No one had ever heard of S.T.E.M. because we were at the top. Unfortunately today America is falling behind other countries.\"
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\"S.T.E.M. is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight reaching over 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF,\" Aldrin added. \"In addition, I will celebrate a repeat of my T-6 solo flight in 1951 at Gilbert field in the TGF Cirrus with Captain Judy.\"
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TGF has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers and their students to follow the flight through the Think Global Flight app for iPhone, Androids, and iPads, as well as online, to interact with the flight crew, and participate in curricula developed to inspire students to see the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for them. Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States.
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As well as the Cirrus, the flight will also include a greater representation of GA by flying in various other aircraft. The effort was launched by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and supporters and endorsers include Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support.
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You can follow the around the world flight in real time through the free Think Global Flight app for iOS and Android devices. Also visit the TGF website for more information.
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Recruiting Young Eagles can be a challenge. Finding young people with a genuine interest in aviation is even tougher. Then there is Jason Fitzwater, 18, of Leesburg, Florida, one of EAA Chapter 534's most successful Young Eagles.

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January 23, 2014 - Recruiting Young Eagles can be a challenge. Finding young people with a genuine interest in aviation is even tougher. Then there is Jason Fitzwater, 18, of Leesburg, Florida, one of EAA Chapter 534's most successful Young Eagles. Joel Hargis, EAA 1074421, of Eustis, Florida, and chapter president, tells the story with Fitzwater.
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Joel Hargis: One afternoon at the airport I was hanging out with my A&P/IA and pilot Arnold Holmes in his hangar. Arnold was at the time EAA Chapter 534 president. We were as per usual talking about airplanes and flying when we noticed a father and son looking through the fence at the airfield. I noticed the young man was about 16, and being our Young Eagle coordinator at the time, I encouraged them to come through the gate to get a closer look. They were reluctant at first but with more friendly encouragement, they came in.
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Arnold and I chatted with them for several minutes and explained our Young Eagle program and the teen seemed very excited about it. They said they would be there for our next fly day. What we did not know at the time was, well, let me let Jason tell you.
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Jason Fitzwater: I can remember a day when I was really little walking around the Webster Flea Market and seeing a shirt with an F/A-18 and carrier on it. Since then I have always known that I wanted to join the Navy and become a Naval aviator.
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Once I got a little older - around 10 or so - I remember begging my parents to take me to the Leesburg airport to let me take flying lessons. Little did I know that I was way under the solo age of 16, but I couldn't wait to get in the cockpit.
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In the days before there were gates on all the airport roads, my dad and I would drive around and look in all the open hangars. Then one day I remember Joel spotting us looking through the fence. He came over and asked if I would like a free ride. As we talked and got to know each other a little better, I accepted his invitation. It all started right there.
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JH: So the day Jason came in for his flight, we hooked him up with Dave Teisch, who is one of our veteran pilots who gives Young Eagle rides in his Lake Amphibian. Dave spends a lot of time when flying Young Eagles, generally including a 45-minute ride with a couple of water landings as our airport, Leesburg Municipal (KLEE) is surrounded by lakes. When they came back, Jason could not get the smile off of his face. To say he was excited is an understatement.
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JF: After my first Young Eagles flight, and as soon as school got out, I practically moved onto the airport - spending every waking moment there working toward my private pilot certificate. My first training flight was exciting, but it paled in comparison to my first solo flight. I knew I could do it but was still nervous. Everything was going fine and as I took off for the first time by myself I realized that I had to get it back on the ground by myself. I think I lost a pound of body fat for every minute I was up in the air from sweating.
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I remember all three of my touch-and-goes like it was yesterday. The first was probably my best; the wheels squealed a little, but it was still smooth. After I stuck the first one, my confidence level went way up and I knew that I would be fine. The second one was not as smooth but still good. Finally, the third one was the most exciting. As soon as the wheels touched down I could not stop smiling for I knew that I had just flown an aircraft successfully by myself for the first time. Once I taxied back and parked, I was on cloud nine, nothing could stop me.
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The hardest part of the training for me was the book work. I had to work tremendously hard to pass the written exam. I remember times where I would go in and my instructor would tell me that we were not even going to get in the airplane that day.
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In contrast, flying came fairly natural to me. I mean there were some frustrating moments, but for the most part I was able to pick up the skills rather quickly. My love for aviation allowed me to have a positive outlook on even the most difficult aspects of flying. In the weeks before my check ride I was flying three and four days a week, trying to perfect my skills.
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Finally I was ready for my checkride and scheduled it for my 17th birthday, November 7, 2012. I had the examiner and the plane all set - even had a prearranged absence from school! Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate so we called it off until the following Saturday.
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I showed up on test day with perfect weather. I got everything ready, said a final prayer with my family and took off for Crystal River airport. Once I arrived I met my examiner, and she calmed me down right away. We must have sat in her office for nearly two hours doing the oral exam. My brain was fried even before we got to the flying portion.
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When we finally got into the airplane, we taxied onto the runway and she told me to fly the course I planned to Daytona Beach. Right before take-off I realized that I had left my map in the baggage compartment. I thought I flunked right there. After the examiner crawled through the plane and found my map we took off. Luckily, I performed all of my maneuvers within the standards.
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One thing that stuck out and I think helped me pass, was that she mentioned she was proud of me for calling off my first attempt to take the test. Although it was a tough decision, and at times I was tempted to go ahead and risk it, I am so thankful that with the guidance of my instructor and parents I decided to call that first attempt off. I think that if I would have gone through with it in that weather, I would have instantly failed.
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Now that I have my private pilot certificate, I have been looking for ways that I can use it and keep my skills fresh. Recently I was able to be a Young Eagle pilot. It was so special because I was once a Young Eagle and to be able to give back to the program that helped me get started meant a great deal to me. Practically every dollar I earn goes into my flying fund. I like to spend every moment I can up in the air. There is no greater feeling. Being in the air gives you a totally different perspective on life. I would not trade all of the sweat and frustration that went into this for anything on earth!
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JH: So this is a great story that exemplifies what Young Eagles is all about! Young Eagles lets us help someone go from Young Eagle to Young Eagle pilot. You never know who you might find peeking through the fence, or run into going through our daily life. We all need to keep our eyes and ears open, as you never know when you might recruit the next pilot.
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Jason is a senior in high school and has his application into the Naval Academy to fulfill his dream in becoming a Naval aviator.
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Young Eagles pilots Mike Weimer, EAA 1046933, of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Jim Martyn, EAA 406468, of Blackstock, Ontario, Canada, are the lucky winners of Zulu headsets courtesy of Lightspeed Aviation.

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January 22, 2014 - Young Eagles pilots Mike Weimer, EAA 1046933, of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Jim Martyn, EAA 406468, of Blackstock, Ontario, Canada, are the lucky winners of Zulu headsets courtesy of Lightspeed Aviation. Weimer and Martyn where automatically entered in the drawing by submitting the Young Eagles registration forms for their flights.
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EAA holds a quarterly drawing for a Lightspeed Zulu headset for active Young Eagles pilots. \"Lightspeed Aviation graciously provides these headsets to support our program,\" said Brian O'Lena, EAA manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways. \"Lightspeed is a valuable partner of the Young Eagles program, and we are grateful for their support allowing us to provide these quality headsets to our dedicated volunteer pilots.\"
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To enter, simply do as Weimer and Martyn did - fly at least one Young Eagle and submit the Young Eagles registration form (must be postmarked by the end of the quarter in which the flight occurs). Young Eagles pilots are encouraged to send in their Young Eagles registration forms as soon after the flight as possible. Drawings for 2014 will be held for quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. Good luck!
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After Eric Beets, EAA 1078480, took a Young Eagles flight on January 15, 2012, the 17-year-old high school student from Burlington, Wisconsin, made the decision that he would become a private pilot. Thanks to his determination and the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, Eric passed his checkride on April 5, 2013.

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December 19, 2013 - After Eric Beets, EAA 1078480, took a Young Eagles flight on January 15, 2012, the 17-year-old high school student from Burlington, Wisconsin, made the decision that he would become a private pilot. Thanks to his determination and the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, Eric passed his checkride on April 5, 2013.
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Now he's organizing a Young Eagles rally at his home airport next spring.
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Eric gives EAA 100 percent of the credit for teaching him about aviation. After the Young Eagles flight, he completed the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course (provided free to Young Eagles), applied for and was granted a scholarship to attend the EAA Air Academy, passed the FAA written exam on his first attempt (the cost of which was reimbursed by EAA), plus was chosen as a recipient of a Gathering of Eagles flight training scholarship.
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Now he's spreading the word about flight to his friends and the public. \"I've already given flights to some of my friends, and I feel it's my duty to help others discover flying like EAA helped me,\" he said. \"I want to help get anyone and everyone interested in aviation and I thought that telling my story to other parents, kids, pilots, and anyone willing to listen would be great way to achieve my goal.\"
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EAA's Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker is very excited about a new program he's getting off the ground in his hometown of Salinas, California, whose purpose is to change lives of at-risk youth through aviation. Although not an EAA program, Tucker says it wouldn't have ever happened without EAA.

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December 12, 2013 - EAA's Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker is very excited about a new program he's getting off the ground in his hometown of Salinas, California, whose purpose is to change lives of at-risk youth through aviation. Although not an EAA program, Tucker says it wouldn't have ever happened without EAA.
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It's called Every Kid Can Fly, and the goal is to help disadvantaged young people change their lives and break the cycle of gangs, drugs, violence, and incarceration. Tucker, EAA Lifetime 259123, leads the program, and counts on his son Eric, EAA 608992, along with fellow aviator and aviation business owner Erick Teeters, EAA 636280, to do the \"heavy lifting.\"
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As Tucker explained, the program is in partnership with Rancho Cielo, a youth facility in Monterey County created to help the area with significant crime problems related to gang activity. Many youths who get into trouble are referred there by the court system. Rancho Cielo selected the first seven youths for the program.
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\"Our kids have showed a certain level of success thanks to the Rancho Cielo programs so they were given the opportunity to get involved with Every Kid Can Fly,\" Teeters said. \"Rancho Cielo desires to help them stand up and succeed where literally everything else in their history has failed them. Most don't have the family and support experience. So they don't understand the opportunities that are out there and how to access them.\" Including the possibility they could become pilots.
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The seeds for that possibility are sown right away beginning with a Young Eagles flight. That also allows the youths to take advantage of the EAA Flight Plan, including Sporty's online Learn to Fly course, reimbursement of the cost of their FAA written exam, free first flight lesson, EAA scholarships eligibility, and so much more.
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Tucker pledged that the program would see these young people through to their first solo, provided they steer clear of gangs and drugs, and stay in school.
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\"When a person solos, it's life changing. Solo is when a person is a pilot forever; it redefines you,\" Tucker said. The goal, he said, is to transform their lives to one of boundless opportunity fueled by hope and passion, resulting in a joyful life.
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Eric Tucker added, \"For most of these kids it's the first time they're doing the right thing for their own sake. We're giving them a reason to stay on the right track.\" Tucker is a corporate pilot flying Citation 10 and King Air 350 with Solairus Aviation in Oakland.
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Erick Teeter is also a professional pilot and owns Erick Enterprises, a Part 91 operator offering commercial pilot services and aircraft management. \"Sean had the vision, and it was something I had wanted to do at some point, that is give back and help change lives.\"
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Teeters is a fourth generation pilot whose great grandfather was a Kansas barnstormer. His grandfather is Art Teeters, founder of Cal-Pacific Airmotive, a shop in Salinas that specializes in P-51 repair and restorations and holds limited type certificate LTC-11 for the P-51C, D, and K models.
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EAA at the core
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Sean wanted to give back to the Salinas community he said gave so much to him. He got his start in professional flying as a crop duster in the area and has since become a legendary aviation icon as an air show performer and is one of aviation's most successful ambassadors.
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He and his son met with Foster (EAA Lifetime 754131) and Lauren (EAA 1055021) Bachschmidt to brainstorm ideas. They arrived at the Every Kid Can Fly program, with the Bachschmidts also helping form the nonprofit organization.
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About a month before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, Tucker said he met with James Slattery, EAA Lifetime 1021734, and as they were discussing the new idea, Slattery provided a $50,000 donation and said to go get the best Cessna 152 out there for flight training. That plane is being refurbished to better-than-new condition by Matt Goulian and Executive Flyers Aviation.
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John Brown, EAA Lifetime 390248, also donated a T-6 Texan to the organization for producing income for the program through paid warbird flights.
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\"My success is based on EAA,\" Sean said, adding, \"You can't reach your full potential without helping someone reach theirs.\"
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Every Kid Can Fly has also forged a relationship with NASA's Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace (SEMA) Academy at Salinas' Hartnell Community College, providing program students access to its aeronautics workstations, a wind tunnel, a microgravity tower, wind tunnel, and flight simulators. NASA has 16 SEMA facilities nationwide, and Salinas has the only one in California.
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SEMA's proximity to the airport will allow them to walk over to the aircraft for a flight lesson immediately after working in the lab.
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Learning how to think critically
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These charter program participants will serve as the examples for others. Teeters has taken to calling them the Mercury Seven astronauts, while Sean calls them the Magnificent Seven. It's a process. The kids are excited to be the first ones.
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Although just getting started, the kids seem to be responding, Teeters said. \"They're learning a whole new physics of flight, tackling unfamiliar subjects, and how to think critically. They have tremendous character and outstanding capacity to learn. They are the pioneers, the first - they're getting to see what kind of people pilots are, and they want to get there.\"
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If the program proves to be successful, the template could be used in other locations, Eric Tucker said.
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\"We will do what we can to have the kids succeed, to lead them on their educational journey,\" he said. \"We're essentially teaching them how to teach themselves and we're making baby steps right now. After only three ground lessons you can see their outlook - ambition and character changes. But they'll need to engage, truly earn their way.\" Learn more at the Every Kid Can Fly website and Facebook page.
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The Chicago \"DODO\" Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored recently for its efforts on behalf of the EAA Young Eagles program. The chapter's Young Eagle Volunteer Team, which provides flights to young people ages 8-17 from the Gary International Airport, was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators on October 17. The group was also honored with the Chanute Prize for team innovation.

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November 27, 2013 - The Chicago \"DODO\" Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored recently for its efforts on behalf of the EAA Young Eagles program. The chapter's Young Eagle Volunteer Team, which provides flights to young people ages 8-17 from the Gary International Airport, was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators on October 17. The group was also honored with the Chanute Prize for team innovation. The honors are sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
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Volunteer EAA pilots donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to give free introduction to aviation to these young people. Over the years the DODO Chapter has gone above and beyond in their support of the program, flying more than 3,300 young people from the Gary Airport over the past 10 years, and more than 14,000 since the program began in 1992. The group formerly flew out of Chicago's Meigs Field.
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\"We are pleased that our long relationship with the Tuskegee DODO chapter has introduced so many young people to aviation,\" said Brian O'Lena, EAA manager of Young Eagles and youth pathways. \"It has been an honor to be associated with the DODO chapter as we work together to inspire the next generation of aviators.\"
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Four years ago, Charlie Anderson, 18, of EAA Chapter 745 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, went on a Young Eagles flight and was immediately hooked on aviation, says his father, Peter, EAA 1024029.

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November 14, 2013 - Four years ago, Charlie Anderson, 18, of EAA Chapter 745 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, went on a Young Eagles flight and was immediately hooked on aviation, says his father, Peter, EAA 1024029. That certainly was the case, as he successfully passed his checkride on October 7 and is now a private pilot.
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\"Were it not for Young Eagles, this family would never have followed this path,\" Peter wrote to EAA. \"Thank you all for this program and for changing lives and helping kids to see opportunities that they would only have dreamed of.\"
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Charlie, who was featured in EAA's 2012 Young Eagles yearbook, will continue his dream of an aviation career when he enrolls in the aviation program at Mankato State University next year.
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Meanwhile Larry Schaefer, EAA 655663, of Freedom, Pennsylvania, proudly reports his 400th Young Eagle flown, occurring September 15 at Butler County Airport. He flew Frankie Eskra in a Cessna 172. Congratulations, Larry, and here's hoping Frankie becomes \"hooked\" as Charlie did.
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In just three short years, more than 25,000 Young Eagles have signed up to be EAA student members.

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October 24, 2013 - In just three short years, more than 25,000 Young Eagles have signed up to be EAA student members.
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This free membership is available to all Young Eagles as part of the Young Eagles Flight Plan. After a Young Eagles flight (Step 1) each youth receives a logbook with an access code to sign up for the membership (Step 2).
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In addition to the EAA membership, the logbook provides access to the free Sporty's Learn to Fly Course (Step 3). To date, more than 22,000 Young Eagles have signed up for the course. The EAA membership is free until age 19 and includes an online version of Sport Aviation magazine, e-newsletters, members-only website, free admission to more than 300 science and technology museums, discounts, and more.
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Also included is a free Academy of Model Aeronautics youth membership, and more than 14,000 students have taken advantage of that opportunity.
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\"The Young Eagles program is more than just experiencing the magic of flight; it's about encouraging young people to consider the all possibilities that aviation has to offer,\" said Brian O'Lena, EAA manager of Young Eagles and youth pathways. \"This membership is just one more way EAA is able to engage young people in aviation.\"
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EAA's Young Eagles program has provided flights for more than 1.8 million youths ages 8-17. For more information about the Young Eagles Flight Plan visit the Young Eagles website.
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Jack Lindsay, 18, a senior at Hudsonville High School, Michigan, helped pump up his fellow students at the school's homecoming last week when he and two other pilots did a ceremonial flyby before its Friday night football game against Grand Haven. It was Jack's idea to do something special after becoming a certificated private pilot in late August.

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October 16, 2013 - Jack Lindsay, 18, a senior at Hudsonville High School, Michigan, helped pump up his fellow students at the school's homecoming last week when he and two other pilots did a ceremonial flyby before its Friday night football game against Grand Haven. It was Jack's idea to do something special after becoming a certificated private pilot in late August.
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\"I'm one of the super fans,\" he explained, describing students who dress up crazy and lead cheers for the home team Eagles. Jack, EAA 1093155, has also been fanatical about aviation as long as he can remember.
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He was first drawn to aviation when his family would fly to vacation destinations. To him, flying was the most fun part of the trip, and he came to love airports.
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Sensing Jack's fancy for flight, his family began attending local air shows in Traverse City and Kalamazoo. Then, when Jack was 13 (summer 2009), his mother, Gayle, enrolled him in the Aviation Explorers Post M22 through Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. A few weeks into the program that group attended a fly-in in nearby Interlochen where they helped out as ground volunteers at a Young Eagles rally.
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\"When the fly-in was done, the pilots said, 'Okay boys, now it's your turn,'\" recalled Jack's mother, Gayle. The ensuing flights sealed the deal for Jack.
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\"I'll never forget the excitement in his voice as he told me how he actually flew the plane (a biplane) for 10 minutes!\" Gayle said. \"It was definitely Young Eagles that got the ball rolling for him.\"
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The group attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh the following two summers (Jack has attended Oshkosh every year since), and by the time he was 15, his mother enrolled him in his first flight lessons at Blue Sun Air at Ottawa Executive Airport (Z98). He started out in a Cessna 172, but the flight school replaced that with a Grumman Cheetah, which he flew throughout most of his training. His instructor was Gary Lewis, EAA 1120829.
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A few days before Jack took his checkride in August, he came up with the idea for the football game flyover. \"I had this idea to fly over a high school football game to get the team pumped up and do something that no other high school student I know has ever done,\" Jack explained. Several weeks of planning included numerous meetings with school officials to make sure everything would be done correctly and safely, in accordance with FAA rules stated in the FAR/AIM.
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The flight included three airplanes: the Cheetah flown by Jack, a Grumman Tiger flown by his instructor Gary, and a 1946 Stinson flown by local pilot Pat Conroy. The three pilots also did two run-throughs of the flight before Friday night.
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Jack had obtained a ground frequency radio so he could communicate with people on the ground at the field. The flight - actually over the parking lot - was 1,000 feet ASLL (above stadium lights level).
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As they approached, the crowd noise told the story. Jack was informed later that his announcement via ground radio of the formation's approach (including good luck wishes to both teams), was mostly inaudible due to the frenzied crowd. They cheered wildly as the three planes passed overhead.
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After landing and heading back to the game, he received a lot of back-slapping and kudos from fellow students congratulating him on the awesome flyover. And while he won't claim credit, the Eagles scored a homecoming win over the Grand Haven Buccaneers, 28-17.
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Jack is heading for college next fall and plans to study aviation with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot - with the airlines or in the corporate world.
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\"I'm really excited about that,\" Jack said.
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WZZM-Channel 13 news story about Jack Lindsay's flight
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Fran Uliano, EAA 237515, flew his 400th Young Eagle, Abigail Murphy, on September 14, and he said it was the passenger, not the milestone, that made the flight one of his most memorable.

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September 26, 2013 - Fran Uliano, EAA 237515, flew his 400th Young Eagle, Abigail Murphy, on September 14, and he said it was the passenger, not the milestone, that made the flight one of his most memorable.
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Abigail's mother, Carol, called Uliano to ask about the EAA Chapter 27 (Meridian, Connecticut) Young Eagles rally scheduled for October 12. Carol told Fran that she planned to bring all three of her children for flights, with Abby, 9, being the youngest.
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Carol and Uliano spoke for a while about the children and Carol informed him that Abby had Down syndrome. Uliano had a free day and wanted to spend some extra time with the Murphy family, so he invited them to all come to the airport on September 14 rather than wait for the rally.
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As soon as Abby arrived at the airport, she wanted to go flying. Uliano filled out the paperwork while witnessing Abby's excitement and soon the pair was headed for his plane. Abby's brother and sister went with another pilot, Steve Fraas, EAA 661826, for their flights.
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Uliano put two pillows on the seat for the 3-1/2-foot-tall Abby and then strapped her in and started to explain what they were going to do. When Uliano told Abby that she would even be able to fly the plane once they were up and about, her excitement grew.
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As soon as the pair broke ground, Abby reached for the yoke and said, \"Now?\" but Uliano had to smile and tell her it would still be a few minutes.
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After Abby got her chance to fly and the happy duo cruised around in the sky for a while, they returned to the airport where Abby deplaned and shouted, \"I loved flying an airplane!\" to her mother and everyone else within earshot.
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Her thanks was not only verbal, as she gave Uliano a big hug after the flight as well. He shared his feelings in a letter to EAA.
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\"I fell in love with this little girl. As we sat on the bench waiting for her brother and sister to finish flying with Steve, she got real close to me and she put my arms around her as her mother took our picture. Of the 400 I have flown, this is the best time I think I have had. Just to see a youngster affected by Down syndrome open her eyes and enjoy herself so much really made my day.\"
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It definitely made Abby's, too, and she wasn't the only family member who got the bug from the Young Eagles flight either, as her brother Adam is planning on going to the EAA Air Academy next year.
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After a Young Eagles flight in June 2012 with pilot James Patton in his RV-6A, then-17-year-old Ashley Collins of Silverton, Oregon, was determined to become a pilot and almost immediately started flight training.

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September 25, 2013 - After a Young Eagles flight in June 2012 with pilot James Patton in his RV-6A, then-17-year-old Ashley Collins of Silverton, Oregon, was determined to become a pilot and almost immediately started flight training.
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When she learned about the $6,000 Karen Johnson scholarship sponsored by the Ninety-Nines this past year, Collins applied and was named recipient during the WomenVenture Power Lunch at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
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Collins, now 19, wasted little time getting after it, aggressively pursuing her training and passing her checkride on September 13 to earn her private pilot certificate at Independence State Airport (7S5) in Oregon.
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To call her a deserving recipient of the scholarship would be putting it mildly. In her essay she wrote how about she overcame many hardships but never lost her determination and will to be a pilot.
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After graduating high school in May, Collins worked as a caregiver at Mount Angel Towers health center in Oregon to pay for flight lessons. Instructor Wayne Nutsch noticed her determination right away. \"I made [her] first flight a little longer in duration because she was so intent on what she was seeing and doing,\" Nutsch said.
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He also spoke highly of Collins' dedication to the community and helping others. \"Ashley is a kind person. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross ... and just today she volunteered at a 4K run for an Alzheimer's fundraiser.\"
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Collins' dedication to helping others, even during some very dark days, played a big role in EAA choosing to help her out in her pursuit of flight by awarding the scholarship. It's funded by the Ventura County Ninety-Nines chapter in memory of their fallen chairwoman Karen Johnson, who was killed in a plane crash in January 2013 while making a frost control flight. Karen touched many lives and inspired many of her colleagues to pursue advanced flight training.
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After passing her checkride, Collins wrote a letter to all of the parties who helped make her dream come true:
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To the Ventura County 99s, along with EAA, Barry Schiff, the Van Nuys Propeller Association, the anonymous donor, and of course our dearest Karen, my sister in aviation: Without a single one of you I would not be where I am and who I am. All of you and Karen have forever become a part of my life dance and I promise you I will use this gift you have given me to become a part of someone else's.
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Collins is already taking steps to further her knowledge as a pilot, Nutsch said. \"When we go up for a flying lesson, she listens and will do what you ask her to do. If something isn't quite right, she fixes it.\"
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Nutsch hopes to continue to mentor Collins as she continues her career in flight. She starts airframe and powerplant mechanic classes next week at Lane Aviation Academy looking to become a certificated A&P so she can \"break them and fix them.\" As she stated in her application essay for the scholarship, Collins' dream is to be a pilot who knows everything possible about all aspects of aviation, including mechanics.
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Collins was also part of a Sonex build at EAA Chapter 292 at Independence Airport, and is an active member of the Ninety-Nines and the Oregon Pilots Association.
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\"When I finish obtaining my license and my A&P, I want to share my passion and love of aviation with others and help them achieve their dreams to fly,\" Collins said. And she'll get her chance to do so starting this week.
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\"I'm going to be giving a young girl a young eagles flight on Friday if the weather holds up! This is so exciting!\"
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Learn more about EAA scholarship opportunities.
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This year's Gathering of Eagles fundraising event at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh brought together the aviation industry and private aviation enthusiasts to support aviation's future. The event raised $2.679 million, and after expenses, EAA will invest approximately $2.17 million in its youth programs. The Gathering is presented by Cessna Aircraft Company.

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September 19, 2013 - This year's Gathering of Eagles fundraising event at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh brought together the aviation industry and private aviation enthusiasts to support aviation's future. The event raised $2.679 million, and after expenses, EAA will invest approximately $2.17 million in its youth programs. The Gathering is presented by Cessna Aircraft Company.
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Each year, EAA invests more than $3.3 million in youth education and programs, including the Young Eagles Flight Plan. And it's working; nearly 19,000 of today's pilots under age 35 are former Young Eagles.
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Mentoring aviation's future pilots, homebuilders, engineers, mechanics, and designers is necessary to build a vibrant and growing aviation community. As Sean D. Tucker said when he was introduced as the new Young Eagles chairman during this year's Gathering of Eagles, \"These kids are our legacy!\"
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EAA youth programs and activities supported in part by the Gathering of Eagles:
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Free first flight experience for approximately 80,000 young people each year
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Dedicated, restricted funds for flight training scholarships helping applicants achieve their sport pilot or private pilot certificate
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Free EAA student membership extended to 24,000 Young Eagles
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$150,000 in Young Eagles credits as financial awards to EAA chapters who support local youth education programs
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Funding to support the Young Eagles Flight Plan reimbursement program, providing applicants with $150 to support their FAA written exam
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First flight lesson vouchers extended to all Young Eagles Flight Plan participants who complete the first portion of the online training program
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Insurance coverage for the Young Eagles flight program
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Young Eagles Flight Plan operational support, including facilities, website, public outreach, IT support, and other key expenses
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Introducing 25,000 youth to all aspects of flight at KidVenture, held during AirVenture, through principles, mechanics, design, engineering, and flight simulation
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Promoting the full enrollment of all Air Academy camp sessions
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Maximizing the impact, diversity, and reach of museum education, Flight Link, and Scout programs and Space Week
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Support for EAA's advanced education, internship, tuition, and scholarship initiative
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Women Soar career- and aviation-focused mentor experiences for 100 girls during AirVenture
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AirVenture Museum's on-site and electronic education programs, workshops, experiences, exhibits, and resources that expand the educational impact of EAA.
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These educational programs and activities challenge and inspire young people; increase interest in math, science, and technology; and grow participation in aviation. EAA thanks all who help light the fire of discovery for today's young people. Thank you for your support!
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The EAA Young Eagles program reached new heights recently when the 1.8 millionth Young Eagle took flight.

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September 5, 2013 - The EAA Young Eagles program reached new heights recently when the 1.8 millionth Young Eagle took flight.
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The program owes much of its continued success to all of the volunteer pilots across the globe who give these young men and women their first experience with flight. For some it is just a good time and a new experience, but for others it sparks dreams and leads them down a path of aviation.
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Young Eagles flights are free for children ages 8-17 participating in the program, which is generously sponsored by Phillips 66.
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EAA receives many letters from both parents and former Young Eagles thanking us for providing an (extremely) affordable means of exploring aviation. Many of these Young Eagles went on to become aviators, and some now even make their living flying.
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The flight is just the first step in the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, which helps guide aspiring aviators on their journey to becoming a certificated pilot.
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EAA thanks the countless volunteers for the continued success of this great program and hopes to reach the 2 million mark soon!
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For more information, visit www.YoungEagles.com.
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On December 4, 2004, 10-year-old Justin McBurney, EAA 828204, of Apple Valley, California, hopped in a Harmon Rocket II piloted by Tom Gummo, EAA 321966, to take a Young Eagles flight.

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August 21, 2013 - On December 4, 2004, 10-year-old Justin McBurney, EAA 828204, of Apple Valley, California, hopped in a Harmon Rocket II piloted by Tom Gummo, EAA 321966, to take a Young Eagles flight. On July 9, only 8 1/2 years later, McBurney passed his CFI checkride and has been teaching since.
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\"I remember my first flight,\" McBurney said. \"Tom took me up in his Harmon Rocket and it was like a rollercoaster ride the whole time. When we landed I had a huge smile on my face and all I wanted to do after that was fly.\"
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And fly he has.
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Since the Young Eagles flight, McBurney has completely engulfed himself in aviation. Now, at only 18, McBurney holds a commercial certificate with instrument rating and is a CFI and advanced and instrument ground instructor for single-engine aircraft. He is also a sophomore at Embry-Riddle's Prescott, Arizona, campus, where he is studying aerospace engineering.
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McBurney's love and passion for aviation also sparked a similar love for his family.
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\"What a tribute to the wonders of the Young Eagles program,\" said McBurney's mother, Jeneace. \"[The program] got our entire family into aviation. My husband is also a flight instructor now (CFI, CFII, land and sea, multi), and I hold my private pilot's rating.\"
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McBurney does not forget what ignited his love for aviation and makes it a point to fly Young Eagles whenever he is home and local EAA Chapter 768 is participating in the program.
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\"Young Eagles is absolutely great,\" McBurney said. \"I will always fly them when I get the chance.\"
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After graduation, McBurney hopes to combine his aerospace engineering education with his years of flight experience and become a project test pilot. On July 24, McBurney had his first student, a helicopter pilot pursuing a fixed-wing add-on, pass the checkride.
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Sean D. Tucker performed one of his first official duties as EAA's new Young Eagles chairman Thursday at the Chicago Air and Water Show Media Day held at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY).

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August 15, 2013 - Sean D. Tucker performed one of his first official duties as EAA's new Young Eagles chairman Thursday at the Chicago Air and Water Show Media Day held at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY). There he presented Ken Rapier, EAA 453453, with a leather bomber jacket to honor Ken for flying 1,000 kids through the Young Eagles program.
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\"We're here to do something very special,\" Tucker said. \"The Chicago DODO chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen has flown 14,000 Young Eagles to date - 14,000 kids they've touched the hearts of. And Ken, who serves as president of the chapter, has just completed his 1,000th kid flown, so we're going to present him with a little present, a leather flight jacket from EAA. Thank you so much, Ken.\"
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Ken, who has been flying Young Eagles since 1994, humbly accepted the jacket. \"It's a real pleasure to do Young Eagle flights,\" he said. \"We give youngsters an opportunity that they might not otherwise have when the DODO chapter offers them introductory flights.\"
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The Tuskegee chapter famously flew a lot of those 14,000 kids while based at Chicago's historic lakefront airport, Meigs Field, from 1994-2003. After the Meigs runways were destroyed under cover of darkness in 2003 by order of then-Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, the Young Eagles flights moved to GYY. Today the DODO chapter conducts Young Eagles flights on the second Saturday of most months, weather permitting, out of the Gary airport terminal building.
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Tucker will perform at this weekend's Chicago Air and Water Show, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the lakefront. The flightline is generally from Fullerton Street to Oak Street, centered on North Avenue Beach.
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Tucker will also be highlighting Young Eagles at his air show appearances throughout the nation, connecting both young people and EAA volunteers.
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Larry Durst, EAA Lifetime 38651, of EAA Chapter 495 in Roseburg, Oregon, achieved something Friday that only one other pilot had done before: flying 5,000 kids in the EAA Young Eagles program.

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June 11, 2013 - Larry Durst, EAA Lifetime 38651, of EAA Chapter 495 in Roseburg, Oregon, achieved something Friday that only one other pilot had done before: flying 5,000 kids in the EAA Young Eagles program.
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Larry, a semi-retired dentist, flew No. 5,000 during the first of several flights at the Roseburg Airport in his Cessna 182 on Friday morning, June 7. That day Larry flew a total of 34 kids. Previously the 5,000 club had only one member - EAA's Pioneer Airport volunteer pilot Fred Stadler.
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Cole Brecht, 12, of nearby Looking Glass, Oregon, was registered as No. 5,000. He told KPIC-TV, \"It's really great to fly. You just see everything up there.\"
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Larry began flying Young Eagles in 1994, and originally set a goal of flying 500 kids by the centennial celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight in 2003. He achieved that goal, but as his wife Maxine - who handles promotion and paperwork for her husband's Young Eagles activities - stated, they expected the program would wind down beyond December 17, 2003. Instead, Young Eagles has continued to thrive, with more than 700,000 since then (the current total exceeds 1.7 million).
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EAA and the Ninety-Nines are proud to announce the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship, which will provide young women (ages 16-20) with financial support for flight training through first solo.

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April 18, 2013 - EAA and the Ninety-Nines are proud to announce the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship, which will provide young women (ages 16-20) with financial support for flight training through first solo.

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The scholarship awards will be announced during AirVenture Oshkosh 2013's WomenVenture activities on Friday, August 2.

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The scholarship honors the memory of Karen Johnson, beloved member and chapter chair of the Ventura County Ninety-Nines who died in January 2013 while making a frost control flight in Delano, California. Karen touched many lives and inspired many of her colleagues to pursue advanced flight training.

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The funds for the scholarship were provided by the Ventura County chapter in memory of their chapter chair, through generous donations from Barry Schiff, the Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, and friends of Karen Johnson.

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Applications will be accepted through EAA's scholarship website through July 1. First prize of $3,000 and second prize of at least $2,800 will be paid in installments to the winner's selected flight training program.

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Applicants are required to include a 500-600 word essay describing why you want to learn to fly, how you will apply your training, and goals for your future. It is also expected that winners will provide a 400-1,000 word essay to the scholarship committee after their selection sharing their training experiences and the goals that they have met.

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Visit the Scholarships page for more information and to apply.

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The fact that Dan Fredrickson, EAA 1029515, and his twin brother Josh, EAA 1029516, passed their checkrides when they turned 17 years old is not all that unusual; aspiring young aviators frequently aim for that first eligible date when training to become a pilot.

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March 14, 2013 - The fact that Dan Fredrickson, EAA 1029515, and his twin brother Josh, EAA 1029516, passed their checkrides when they turned 17 years old is not all that unusual; aspiring young aviators frequently aim for that first eligible date when training to become a pilot.

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What makes Dan and Josh's situation unique is that they are \"leaplings\" - born on February 29, 1996 - which means they have only celebrated four actual birthdays in their 17 years. And since their legal birthdate did not occur this year, the Fredrickson twins from Pella, Iowa, did their checkrides on the first eligible date, which was March 1.

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The brothers also soloed on March 1 last year - the first date they were eligible to do so - and they're both EAA Young Eagles. Dan and Josh completed all their training at Classic Aviation Inc., Pella Municipal Airport's FBO, with primary instructor Larry Vande Voort, EAA 473186. They've been in flight training since they were 13 years old.

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Vande Voort worked with the boys this summer to complete their tailwheel endorsement in Classic Aviation's Citabria. Dan and Josh have received instruction in several other airplanes, including complex and high-performance aircraft. The Pella Christian High School juniors have worked part time at Classic Aviation for the past two years and both indicate a desire to pursue aviation careers.

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They've been asked a number of times who took his checkride first, and the answer is simple: Josh, because Dan had flown first during the last lesson before the checkride, and they take turns.

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Would they recommend flight training to other high school students?

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\"I would tell them to go for it,\" said Dan, whose aviation hero is Bob Hoover. \"Hard work pays off and in the end it's very satisfying.\"

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Josh added, \"Flying is just about the best thing that has happened to me, so I would recommend it to other students.\" Josh's hero in flight is Chuck Yeager.

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They are the sons of David and Lori Fredrickson, EAA 1029512, and grandsons to Jim and Ann Fredrickson and Bill and Ann Burns. Classic Aviation Inc. is owned and operated by Shane Vande Voort, EAA 549889.

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EAA's Air Academy summer camp programs have been recognized by MSN Money as one of 10 nationwide summer camps that are \"worth the money,\" the website announced this week. Camps were chosen for not only keeping young people busy during the summer, but giving them a chance to develop passions and expand their horizons.

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March 14, 2013 - EAA's Air Academy summer camp programs have been recognized by MSN Money as one of 10 nationwide summer camps that are \"worth the money,\" the website announced this week. Camps were chosen for not only keeping young people busy during the summer, but giving them a chance to develop passions and expand their horizons.

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Since 1984, the Air Academy's week-long series of camps have been designed to immerse young people ages 12-18 in the world of aviation.

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Campers are engaged through a variety of hands-on activities while staying at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh. Experienced aviation instructors help them delve into flight through studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities.

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\"Kids will explore aviation through technical and learning classrooms, as well as hands-on experiences that give them life skills,\" said Bob Campbell, EAA director of museum and museum education. \"The camps are a week of nonstop excitement where fun and discovery combine for an experience that young people can find nowhere else.\"

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Twelve- to 13-year-olds are introduced to flight in the EAA Young Eagles Camp through small group activities taught by expert camp counselors. The EAA Basic Air Academy takes things to the next level, incorporating more hands-on projects and demonstrations for kids ages 14-15.

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Introductory recreation flight experiences highlight the action-packed EAA Advanced Air Academy camp for 16- to 18-year-olds and gives students full access to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh action throughout the week. Sessions for 2013 are currently full; any additional applicants will be added to a waiting list and notified on a first-come, first-served basis if a spot opens.

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A new camp added this summer is the EAA Advanced Air Academy/SportAir, for kids ages 16-19. This camps places a strong emphasis on aircraft construction, primarily composite and fabric techniques.

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Air Academy enrollment is available on a first come, first served basis and positions fill up quickly. Limited openings are still available in the following 2013 summer programs:

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EAA Young Eagles Camp

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  • Session 1: June 16-20, 2013 ($725)
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  • Session 2: June 22-26, 2013 ($725)
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EAA Basic Air Academy

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  • Session 1: June 28-July 3, 2013 ($966)
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  • Session 2: July 8-13, 2013 ($966)
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  • Session 3: July 15-20, 2013 ($966)
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EAA Advanced Air Academy
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(Sessions Full: Applicants will be added to a waiting list and notified on a first-come, first-served basis if there's an open spot.)

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  • Session 1: July 23-31, 2013 ($1,210)
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  • Session 2: Aug. 2-10, 2013 ($1,210)
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Advanced Air Academy/Sport Air

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  • Session 1: Aug.12-18, 2013 ($1,080)
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All program costs include instruction, materials, meals, and lodging at the EAA Air Academy Lodge. Interested youth can also apply for scholarships to help fund this exciting learning experience.

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For more information and to apply for a 2013 Air Academy camp program, visit the EAA Air Academy website.

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For the past two years, Lightspeed Aviation has provided one of its premier Zulu headsets to EAA's Young Eagles program to be given away at the end of the year via drawing to a lucky Young Eagles pilot. Starting in 2013, Lightspeed will graciously provide three more headsets to create a quarterly prize drawing.

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February 13, 2013 - For the past two years, Lightspeed Aviation has provided one of its premier Zulu headsets to EAA's Young Eagles program to be given away at the end of the year via drawing to a lucky Young Eagles pilot. Starting in 2013, Lightspeed will graciously provide three more headsets to create a quarterly prize drawing.

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All a Young Eagles pilot needs to do is fly at least one Young Eagle and submit the Young Eagles Registration form (must be postmarked by the end of the quarter) to be eligible. No other means of entry is required - just send your paperwork in time and you're registered for the drawing for that quarter. Drawings will be held for the quarterly periods January 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-September 30, and October 1-December 31.

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\"We appreciate Lightspeed for stepping up and further recognizing our Young Eagles volunteers,\" said Brian O'Lena, EAA Young Eagles manager. \"Their contribution on behalf of our valued Young Eagles pilots will only serve to enhance the success of the program. So we encourage pilots turn in their registration paperwork in time so they have a chance to win.\"

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So go out and fly Young Eagles and promptly submit the required paperwork and you could be a winner, just like Jeffery Spencer, EAA 687437, of Madison, Alabama - the 2012 Lightspeed Zulu winner. Jeffery has flown nearly 400 Young Eagles and is a member of EAA Chapter 190 in Huntsville.

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One thing is certain: People who are passionate about aviation are equally passionate about sharing their love for flight with young people.

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January 17, 2013 - One thing is certain: People who are passionate about aviation are equally passionate about sharing their love for flight with young people.

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Glenn A. Smith was a passionate aviator who, like most of us, enjoyed nothing more than empowering the dreams of others, dreams of flight that no doubt would change their lives. He was tragically killed last summer while performing at an air show in Iowa. The friends of Glenn A. Smith have come together to remember and celebrate his life by building a scholarship fund within the EAA Foundation.

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Born in Georgia, Glenn's professional life took him to Dallas, where he launched and then sold a software company. Able to retire once his business sold, Glenn invested most of his time living his personal dream - flying! Glenn, a commercially rated pilot, flew with the L-39 demonstration team, the Hoppers, and enjoyed flying his MiG 17, T-37 air force trainer, Piper Cub, Stearman, and other aircraft. He took his King Air 90 around the world. Glenn just loved to fly!

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Glenn's call sign was \"Skids.\" And what most of us will remember are the lines of youths waiting to peer into his jet's cockpit. He did all he could to excite and share his passion for flight with young people. It is for that reason that the friends of Glenn A. Smith built the scholarship fund in his honor.

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Each year, EAA awards about $300,000 in scholarship support to youth around the country. These grants range from $500 to more than $7,500 and help support EAA Air Academy attendance, tuition support for academic pursuits, internship stipends, flight training, stipends to cover the FAA written exams, and much more. Each award has been carefully designed to meet the vision of the donor and, in many cases, to carry on the memory and lifelong dreams of a friend or loved one - a legacy that is invested to empower the dreams of young aspiring achievers!

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The friends and flight companions of Glenn Smith have determined that they wish to remember Glenn in a way that will forever inspire young people to achieve their dream of flight. The Glenn A. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund has been launched, and the first award will send a Dallas youth to EAA's Air Academy as early as this year.

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A list of all such memorial gifts is currently being updated and will be available on EAA's website. All donations are fully tax deductible. EAA strives to provide donors with information each year on the impact of their scholarship award - how the funds impacted the lives of these youth. It is a very rewarding investment!

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If you are interested in supporting the Glenn A. Smith fund, or designing a fund of your own, please contact Elissa Lines at 920-426-6101 or elines@eaa.org.

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On September 2, 1995, 8-year-old Bradley Bormuth of Morganton, North Carolina, went on a Young Eagles flight with his dad, Al, in his Cessna 210.

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January 10, 2013 - On September 2, 1995, 8-year-old Bradley Bormuth of Morganton, North Carolina, went on a Young Eagles flight with his dad, Al, in his Cessna 210. Eight years later - on his 16th birthday - Bradley soloed. The following year, he passed his checkride and started giving Young Eagles flights.

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Fast-forward to last Saturday, January 5, 2013: Bradley, EAA 423388/Vintage Aircraft Association 718400, took youngster Jeremiah Ford up in the family Cessna 172, marking his 500th Young Eagles flight. He truly has come full circle.

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Bradley fondly recalled that first flight with his father as the spark that ignited his lifelong passion for flight. \"We went up in the 210, I was sitting in the right seat, and Dad let me fly the airplane,\" he recalled. \"We flew right over our house.\"

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Al would also take his son to the local grass airstrip to see the World War II warbirds that flew there. \"I always enjoyed that - especially the pilots who flew the old warbirds,\" Bradley said. \"They were fascinating.\"

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Bradley, who makes his living as a CFI operating at Hickory Municipal Airport (HKY), has served Chapter 731 as Young Eagles coordinator, vice president, and this month takes over as president.

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One of his aims is to get more people, young and old, involved in aviation. Long before the Eagle Flights program launched last year, he would engage parents of kids who attended the chapter's Young Eagles rallies and make them realize that they can do this!

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Bradley is also involved in the local Aviation Explorers Post, serving as an adviser. Each year he accompanies a group of scouts who come to AirVenture to volunteer, work, and camp at the Explorer Base Camp. Bradley has volunteered at Oshkosh since 1995.

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A VAA member since 2005, Bradley was part of a project to restore a Fairchild 24 during his senior year in high school.  

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