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Young Eagles Year-End Wrap-Up

David Leiting, EAA Eagle Programs Manager, EAA Lifetime 579157


December 2022 — 

As 2022 comes to a close on the Young Eagles program, it’s hard not to look back and be proud of the entire Young Eagles volunteer workforce. The program continues to rise out of COVID-19, as flight activity is moving closer and closer to pre-pandemic levels. In a normal year, approximately 60,000 Young Eagles take flight. 2020 and 2021 certainly took a toll on the program.

Annual Young Eagles Flight Activity

  • 2019 — 59,016
  • 2020 — 8,006
  • 2021 — 35,590
  • 2022 — 47,400 (YTD)

To help the program rebound in 2022, EAA challenged volunteers to fly 50,000 Young Eagles. In late November 2022, at the time this article was written, 47,400 Young Eagles had taken flight in 2022. As paperwork from fall flights rolls in, and December flights take place, it appears the goal of 50,000 Young Eagles is well within reach! This calls for major kudos to all the Young Eagles coordinators, volunteer pilots, and dedicated ground volunteers. Now for 2023, let’s set our sights on 60,000 Young Eagles!

In addition to a rebound of flight activity, the program has much more to celebrate.

  • The Young Eagles 30th anniversary was launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. During this launch, the 30 Flights for 30 Years challenge was introduced. Volunteer pilots are challenged to fly 30 Young Eagles between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023, in celebration of the 30th anniversary. As of late November, nearly 100 pilots had already met the goal of flying 30 Young Eagles.
  • Fifteen EAA chapters reached a major milestone in Young Eagles flight activity.


Lifetime Young Eagles Flights

EAA Chapter 194



EAA Chapter 709



EAA Chapter 1306



EAA Chapter 661



EAA Chapter 260



EAA Chapter 251



EAA Chapter 931



EAA Chapter 227



EAA Chapter 1174


EAA Chapter 731



EAA Chapter 145


EAA Chapter 613


EAA Chapter 40


EAA Chapter 252


EAA Chapter 1


It has been a joy to see the success stories coming out of the Young Eagles program this year. Your efforts are paving the way for future aviators and aviation professionals. We hear these success stories on a daily basis at EAA HQ.

Thank you for your continued dedication to inspiring the next generation of pilots and aviation enthusiasts. On behalf of all of us at EAA, have a wonderful holiday season!

David Leiting, EAA Lifetime 579157
Eagles Program Manager

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