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Young Eagles Day, EAA Chapter 846, Wadsworth, OH

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Since 1992, more than 1.9 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight from EAA’s network of volunteer pilots. For many, it was the start of their journey to becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller, or many other career possibilities. Join EAA Chapter 846, on June 13, 2015 for Young Eagles Day.

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Young Eagles Day, EAA Chapter 846, Wadsworth, OH

  1. 1. Gary Baker Young Eagles Coordinator
  2. 2. Young Eagles a program of the Experimental Aircraft Association  An international aviation membership organization founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, WI  1,000 Chapters and 180,000 members worldwide  Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group  Primary emphasis is Sport Aviation  Homebuilt aircraft, antiques, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft
  3. 3. Why the Young Eagles Program?  The pilot population has been decreasing since 1980  1980 = 827,000 pilots  2013 = 617,000 pilots  While the U.S. population has been increasing  1980 = 227 Million  2013 = 320 Million  And the cost to fly has continued to increase. Fewer young people get a chance to experience flight.
  4. 4. EAA Young Eagles Program  Developed in 1992 to welcome young people into aviation  Allows participants to actually experience flight in a hands- on setting  Shows the excitement of aviation  Teaches that aviation is vital to our nation’s future
  5. 5. EAA Young Eagles Program  Initial goal = Fly One Million Kids by 12/17/03 – the 100th Anniversary of flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright  Goal was met early, in November, 2003!  All flown by volunteers  Currently 1,906,000 kids have participated worldwide
  6. 6. EAA Young Eagles Program Requirements:  Kids must be between ages 8-17  Parents must complete a registration form  Most importantly, kids (and parents) are open to a new experience
  7. 7. Young Eagles Rally  A short Ground School covers aerodynamics and basics of flight  Kids are walked around an aircraft, noting how controls move  A twenty-minute flight comes next  Kids will be allowed to fly the aircraft  Each kid’s name will then be entered into the World’s Largest Logbook in Oshkosh, WI
  8. 8. Added Benefits  Kids are awarded free membership in EAA until age 19 ($40/year value)  Free electronic copy of EAA Sport Aviation magazine  Free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Ground School on-line course ($199 value)  Free first flight lesson ($120 value)  Free Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership ($58/year value)  Free admission to 300+ science and technology museums  Access to flight training awards, education scholarships, and EAA Air Academy camperships
  9. 9. Local Young Eagles Program  Chapter 846 meets at Wadsworth Skypark Airport  Currently forty-plus members  Since 1994, members have flown over 2,600 kids  One member has flown 1,500 kids  He did not own an aircraft, but rented one just for YE  All aircraft used are donated by pilots  Certificated aircraft  Homebuilt aircraft by the members
  10. 10. Local Young Eagles Program  Some local kids who have participated in our program have received their Private Pilot certificate  A few kids have attended military academies  At least one has become an F-18 Naval Aviator and is now an F-35 instructor!  This program aims to break down perceived barriers to aviation
  11. 11. Just Some of the Aircraft Used Grumman Tiger Piper Cub Mustang II Cirrus
  12. 12. Next Chapter 846 Young Eagles Day  Saturday, June 13, 2015  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Wadsworth Municipal Airport https://goo.gl/maps/R60Ib  No reservation required  Allow two hours for ground school and flight
  13. 13. For More Information  Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)  www.EAA.org  Young Eagles  www.YoungEagles.org  Chapter 846  www.846.EAAChapter.org
  14. 14. Contact: Gary Baker ggbaker@zoominternet.net Questions?

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