Young Eagles

The mission of the Young Eagles Program is to provide a meaningful flight experience for children between the ages of 8 and 17. Flights are provided free of charge through the generosity of EAA members world wide. The program’s initial goal was to fly 1 million Young Eagles by the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight (December 17, 2003). The program reached that goal in November 2003. The program’s on-going goal is to annually introduce 100,000 young people to aviation.


June 11, 2005

With one flight in, we faced a 30 minute rain delay before the rest of the prospective Young Eagles got their chance to fly. The kids managed to work their way through our supply of cookies while the adults drank coffee to pass the time away. The shower did pass and flights continued throughout the rest of the morning just as planned.
Pilots for the event included Julie Hartlaub flying her Cessna 210 Centurian, Jim Ruffolo flying a Bonanza and Chuck Haataja flying his Cessna 175. We actually were reasonablly well organized this time and when each new Eagle landed his/her certificate was waiting.
We minted 58 new Young Eagles with Jim Ruffolo taking top honors by flying 38 of them.


May 15, 2004

Julie Hartlaub about to take to the air with another Young Eagle in her 1939 Piper Cub. Julie and half a dozen other Chapter 383 members flew Young Eagles that day. Check out the Plane Pix section for more info on the Cub.