Post by Emily
Let your kids take flight!
Does your child have his or her head in the clouds? Now the rest of their body can join them on a FREE flight designed just for kids.
For the past 25 years the EAA Young Eagles program has been giving children ages 8-17 the opportunity to fly for FREE. According to the website, “It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.” This nationwide program has given over 2 million children the chance to fly.
The flight experience will last approximately 20 minutes. Before the flight begins, the pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. He or she may also talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (map), and complete a careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane. The pilot will also explain the interior of the plane including the instrument panel and safety belts. Once in the air, the child may even have the opportunity to take the controls for a little bit! Once back on the ground, the child be able to ask the pilot more questions about flying and the airplane itself. They will also receive an official Young Eagles logbook with a personal code to activate a free EAA Student Membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.
This program wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the dedicated team of volunteer pilots and generous donors. To learn more about the program, watch the video on their website. If you are ready to schedule a flight, click on this link to find a location near you. There are multiple locations throughout Oregon. Remember, “the sky’s the limit!”