How you can be involved
AS THE FLYING SEASON comes around again
for many of us, it’s often a time when we
think about what we plan to accomplish
in our aviation lives during the upcoming
season. For some it’s additional ratings;
others seek new and exciting destinations
to experience, or perhaps some new
equipment for the airplane or our pilot
selves. All of these are worthwhile
endeavors that become part of our personal
journey through the aviation experience.
There is one experience I am asking you to
seriously consider including in your “bucket
list” this season, and that is to participate in
creating aviators. And I dare say that it’s really
all about you; you are the person who achieved
the rare and privileged status of pilot.
Each of us had to balance the required
The next step is sharing that gift—the excitement, passion, and joy
resources of time, money, and commitment to earn our pilot’s
certificate. Each of us had to find a way to experience flight for
the first time—either through someone’s invitation or our own
perseverance. That experience forever answered our curiosity about
what it would be like to fly. Once we flew, our lives were forever
changed; we would never again be earthbound.
of flying that only aviators understand.
Young Eagles flights are a wonderful way for you to share this gift.
I am personally inviting you to become a Young Eagles pilot and join
the other 45,000 EAA members who have made the commitment to
carry forward the passion and inspire others to experience the joy
of flying. In his column in the March issue, Tom Poberezny shared
the significant success we’ve already seen with the Young Eagles
program. This new flying season allows us to become even more
engaged in this great program.
But I will offer fair warning to you, my fellow aviators: when you
become part of the special group of Young Eagles pilots, it’s suddenly
no longer about you. It’s about them. The young men and women
who are fortunate enough to have intersected with you for their first
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flying experience may well be positively
impacted for the rest of their lives. Some
may choose to pursue aviation and could
become pilots themselves and accomplish
great things in aviation. Most others choose
the earthbound life and go on to accomplish
great things in many ways.
But all have experienced something
that will remain in their hearts and minds
forever…that feeling of three-dimensional
freedom found only in the sky.
So how about it, will you join the special
ranks of aviators-creating-aviators and
share the gift? If your answer is yes, then
here are the requirements and how you can
• You must be an EAA member (which
provides you with important liability
• You must meet the FAA currency
requirements for pilot and airplane,
including having a current medical. Sport
pilots, of course, only need to hold a valid
• You must have your Young Eagles
registration forms ready for parents and
fliers. Also, don’t forget the Flight Plan
materials that inform parents and youth
how they can take the next step to further
their aviation experience.
If you are a first time Young Eagles pilot,
we have a kit that provides all the forms and
information you need to start flying. You
can fly Young Eagles as part of an organized
chapter event, often called Young Eagles
rallies, or you can do so on your own time
and schedule. Here are some EAA contacts
should you need assistance on your journey
to becoming a Young Eagles pilot.
• Visit www.EAA.org/calendar to locate
various chapter activities.
• At www.YoungEagles.org/volunteers,
you’ll find a wealth of information about
organizing a Young Eagles event.
• Questions? E-mail us:
I’ m looking forward to seeing you this
summer at one of our Young Eagles events,
and I hope you will experience the fun and
satisfaction that comes from sharing the gift
of flight with others.
Now, let’s go aviate.