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Young Eagle® Credits Program

What are Young Eagles credits?

In 1995, EAA began exploring ways to help offset some of the cost to our volunteers who support and give so generously for the EAA Young Eagles program. Thus, the EAA Young Eagles credit program was started. Each pilot must provide 10 Young Eagles flights in a calendar year before the credits start to accumulate. The following spring, the Young Eagles coordinator will receive a letter indicating how many Young Eagles credits their chapter pilots earned in the previous year. Pilots who do not belong to a chapter will receive individual letters.

Approved uses of Young Eagles credits
Program funding allows us to continue the approved uses of Young Eagles credits, to include the following:

  • EAA Air Academy Scholarships
    As in past years, we strongly encourage chapters to pool their credits to help send young people for the “aviation experience of a lifetime” at the EAA Air Academy summer camp in Oshkosh. There are two changes that will assist these efforts:
    • Young Eagles credits can now cover up to 100 percent of EAA Air Academy tuition.
    • Young Eagles credits can also be used to support the transportation cost of sending children to the EAA Air Academy.
  • Support of local Young Eagles activities
    EAA chapters may also apply for cash reimbursement of costs directly associated with the promotion, enhancement, and execution of their local Young Eagles activities.
    • Examples include:
      • Provision of hands-on activities at a Young Eagles rally (supplies for wing rib building, flight simulators, etc.).
      • Promotion of a Young Eagles rally (banners, posters, promotional materials, hand-outs, etc).
      • Operational and safety items (banner rope, cones, vests, printer for printing certificates, and/or photos of Young Eagles).
      • Postage expense for mailing in EAA Young Eagles registration forms.
      • Any chapter gear purchased must have the EAA Young Eagles logo on it.

Credits cannot be used for the compensation of individuals, for the provision or subsidy of fuel and oil, f or construction projects, for flight instruction, or for any other activities that are not directly associated with the promotion, enhancement, or execution of a local Young Eagles activity. If you have a question about a potential expense, please consult the EAA Young Eagles office for guidance.

  • Return the credits to EAA
    If you wish, you may return the credits to EAA, which will use them to enhance the general EAA Air Academy scholarship fund — facilitating the attendance of a young person at the EAA Air Academy.


Complete Credit Form 



How credits are issued and redeemed

  • Qualification
    There is no change to the qualification for credits. Pilots who fly and register 10 or more Young Eagles in the prior calendar year are awarded one credit, valued at $5 each, for each flight. Pilots are awarded one credit for each additional Young Eagle flown and registered after they reach 10. For example, if a pilot flew and registered 10 Young Eagles during 2018, they would receive $50 in credits to use in 2019; if they flew.
  • EAA Chapters
    EAA will issue a single voucher containing the total credits earned by that chapter’s pilots in 2018. This credit will be kept “on account” at EAA headquarters. To redeem these credits, the credit reimbursement form should be used. Please make note that next year we will be sending this notification electronically to the EAA Young Eagles coordinator, president and treasurer of each chapter.
  • Pilots not associated with a Chapter
    Pilots not associated with an EAA chapter will be issued a credit letter as in past years. Individual pilots can use the credits to help send a child to the EAA Air Academy, or return the credits to EAA. Please note that individual pilots cannot participate directly in the cash reimbursement program. However, individual pilots may gift their credits to an EAA chapter to assist that chapter’s activities.
  • Expiration of credits
    Please note all credits expire on December 31, 2019. Expenses must be incurred before December 31, 2019, to be eligible for reimbursement. Reimbursement forms must be returned to the EAA Young Eagles office no later than January 15, 2020.
  • Future years
    We hope that we will be able to maintain this level of commitment in the future.

We sincerely thank the many individuals and companies who stepped forward to donate the funds that are helping to expand the EAA Young Eagles credit program. In so doing, they have helped EAA chapters and members foster and promote aviation among young people.


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