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Young Eagle® Credits Program

What are Young Eagles credits?

In 1995, we explored ways we could help offset some of the cost to our volunteers who support and give so generously for the Young Eagles program.  Each pilot must provide 10 Young Eagles flights in a calendar year before the credits start to count. 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% of Air Academy tuition.
    • Young Eagles credits can also be used to support the transportation cost of sending children to the 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 Young Eagles Registration forms.

Credits cannot be used for the compensation of individuals, for the provision or subsidy of fuel and oil, for 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 Young Eagles office for guidance.

  • Return the credits to EAA
    If you wish, you may turn the credits back to EAA who will use them to enhance the general Air Academy scholarship fund - - facilitating the attendance of a young person at 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 for each flight.  For example, if a pilot flew and registered 10 Young Eagles during 2018, they would receive 10 credits to spend in 2019; if they flew 50 Young Eagles they would receive 50 credits, etc.
  • 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 must be used.
  • 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 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 12/31/2019.
      Expenses must be incurred before 12/31/2019 to be eligible for reimbursement.  Reimbursement forms must be returned to the Young Eagles office no later than 1/15/2020.
  • Future years
    It has been a successful year for philanthropic fundraising for the EAA. 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 Young Eagles credit program. In so doing, they have helped EAA Chapters and members foster and promote aviation among young people.