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International Young Eagles Day

By Brian O’Lena, EAA 645286, Young Eagles and Eagle Flights Manager

June 2015 - EAA Young Eagles volunteers working both with local chapters and as individuals are part of an annual international effort to make dreams of flight come true for young people. Although the program is operated on a year-round basis, International Young Eagles Day has annually been celebrated on the second Saturday of June since 1994. During last year’s International Young Eagles Day, nearly 6,000 children took flight throughout the world.

Since the program was launched in 1992, more than 44,000 volunteer pilots have provided more than 1.9 million young people a free airplane flight. In addition to volunteer pilots an additional 50,000 ground volunteers have helped with rally registration, safety, and general ground program support.

During each flight, the pilots demonstrate how airplanes fly and the proper preparations for a safe flight. After a short introductory airplane ride, each Young Eagle receives a certificate signed by the pilot commemorating the event. The certificate is also signed by Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker.

In addition to the certificate, each Young Eagle receives a logbook that has an access code providing a free EAA student membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly course. The Young Eagle’s name is entered into the World’s Largest Logbook available on the web at The logbook records the Young Eagle’s name, the participating pilot, the date of the flight, and the aircraft used.

IYED is the second Saturday of June every year. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at or call the Young Eagles office at 877-806-8902.

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