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Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated nearly 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.
It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.
BECOME A YOUNG EAGLE
Get ready to have the experience of your lifetime. We’ll show you how to become a Young Eagle and taste the freedom of flight that most people only dream about.
First, read about what to expect on your first flight. Next, find a flight and locate your nearest Young Eagles coordinator. That person will help you get in contact with a Young Eagles pilot, who’ll schedule your flight.
YOUR FLIGHT EXPERIENCE
Your Young Eagles® flight will last approximately 20 minutes.
Here’s how your flight will go:
1. On the ground
Your pilot explains what will happen during the flight. You may talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (or map), and complete a careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane.
2. Just before takeoff
Your pilot explains the interior of the airplane, including the operation of the aircraft door, safety belts, and instrument panel.
3. In the air
The flight lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. And, if you want, your pilot may let you take the controls!
4. Back on the ground
There’s more time for you to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot is happy to tell you more about flying and his or her particular airplane.
You also get an official Young Eagles logbook with a personal code to activate your free EAA Student Membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.
FIND A FLIGHT
There are thousands of EAA volunteers who participate in the Young Eagles® program. Search for nearest local Young Eagles coordinator. Even if there is not a coordinator in your town, contact the closest one as they know other participating pilots in the area.