As a current EAA member pilot participating in the Young Eagles® program, you personally are eligible for up to $1 million of excess passenger liability insurance coverage, if you carry a minimum of $100,000 per passenger liability insurance.
This coverage is automatically in place when flying passengers in either program, as long as the official program waiver/hold harmless is used.
In addition to these requirements, you must also meet the current Federal Aviation Regulations for the pilot certificate you hold.
Only EAA members may conduct Young Eagles flights. Guidelines must be strictly followed in order for the insurance to apply and for the flight to be logged in their respective program. Please note that when the guidelines are met, this insurance is automatically in place for the flight and no additional insurance forms need to be completed:
- Pilot must be a current EAA member
- EAA members acting as participating pilots must hold an appropriate Airman’s Certificate (Sport Pilot or greater)
- Pilots must possess a current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
- Pilots must be current to carry passengers in the aircraft they plan to use
- Pilots must have a current Flight Review
- Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance is required for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed) with a minimum of $100,000 per seat liability insurance. If a rented aircraft is being used, it is essential that the volunteer pilot maintain a renter’s (or non-owned) insurance policy.
- The Young Eagles registration form must be completed before the flight and remain on the ground during the flight.
- The aircraft used for the flight must be in airworthy condition
- Flights must adhere to all applicable Federal Air Rules (FARs)
- Pilot must meet the current Federal Air Rules (FARs) for the pilot certificate held
- Pilot must adhere to EAA’s Youth Protection Policy
Only EAA chapters are approved to hold Young Eagles rallies. EAA chapters, their officers, directors, members and volunteers are protected by the EAA Chapter Insurance plan for both ground and flight activities. To activate coverage for a Young Eagle rally, the chapter must complete the Event Insurance Application form at least 30 days prior to the event. Premises general liability coverage in the amount of what the chapter elected will apply.
Only parents or legal guardians may sign the release. A Young Eagles flight release form may only be signed by the child’s biological or adoptive parent or legal guardian. Step-parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, etc., may not sign the release on the child’s behalf. Doing so will invalidate the insurance and the flight will not be recorded in the world’s largest log book as a Young Eagles flight.
A parent or legal guardian may ride with a Young Eagle. One adult passenger is permitted per Young Eagles flight if necessary, though they must take the back seat and keep the focus on the child’s experience. A release must be signed by the participant.
Please call 800-236-4800, ext. 6106, if you have any insurance-related questions.