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Spring Flying Season Is Here!

David Leiting, EAA Eagle Programs Manager, EAA Lifetime 579157


March, 2023 —  The Young Eagles 30th anniversary celebration is off and running at full swing. As of mid-February, 120 Young Eagles pilots had met the goal of flying 30 Young Eagles in celebration of the 30th anniversary. Additionally, EAA is two months into the double Young Eagles credits extravaganza. Every Young Eagle flown through the end of July 2023 will earn $10 of Young Eagles credits.

Beyond the Young Eagles 30th anniversary, there is plenty more happening around the program.

The Young Eagles Risk Management course was launched in December 2022. All chapter Young Eagles coordinators are required to complete this training by April 30, or by the chapter’s first rally of 2023 — whichever occurs first. Full details on this training are available at

Spring is also a great time to start planning for International Young Eagles Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 10. The double Young Eagles credit offering makes it all the more worthwhile to consider hosting a chapter rally in celebration!

To help chapters prepare for International Young Eagles Day, I will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CDT. You can register here.  

On top all of the exciting Young Eagles happenings, I am also thrilled to announce EAA’s inaugural Learn to Fly Week, scheduled May 15-20. This weeklong event will be focused on helping people achieve their dream of becoming a pilot. After five consecutive days of virtual presentations, the week will be capped on May 20 with Flying Start events hosted at local airports all around the country. Your chapter is invited to participate in these Flying Start events.

I will also be hosting a webinar for chapter leaders about hosting a Flying Start event in conjunction with Learn to Fly Week. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. CDT. You can register here.

Chapters that host a Flying Start event on May 20 will receive additional promotional support from EAA and will be given two weekly passes for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. Events must be registered on To learn more or start planning your chapter’s event, visit

With all that is happening in the EAA world, I hope that you are finding time to enjoy the spring weather! As always, the team here in Oshkosh is here to support your efforts. You can reach us at or 800-564-6322.

David Leiting, EAA Lifetime 579157
Eagles Program Manager

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