More than 15,000 Young Eagles enroll in Sporty’s flight training course

A partnership between the Experimental Aircraft Association and Sporty’s Pilot Shop has allowed more than 15,000 Young Eagles to pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight through Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course, as part of EAA’s Flight Plan program, which provides free access to Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course online. Since the joint effort began in April 2009, Sporty’s has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $3 million, according to a report at EAA.org

EAA Eagle Flight #1, check

Diane Thornton (right) was thrilled with her ride, the first ride, of EAA's new Eagle Flight program. Rod Hightower offered up his T-6 for the first flight.

OSHKOSH — Diane Thornton from Dallas was the inaugural passenger in EAA‘s new Eagle Flight program on Tuesday morning at AirVenture. Modeled after the successful Young Eagles program, which has flown more than 1.7 million kids (aged 7-18), Eagle Flight aims to expose adults to flying.

Thornton’s Eagle Flight was with EAA President Rod Hightower in his T-6.

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Red Tails Ford Mustang ready for auction

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Every year, Ford Motor Co. designs a one-of-a-kind Mustang to auction at EAA AirVenture. For 2012, Ford has created a “Red Tails Edition” Mustang to honor the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps. This special Mustang will be auctioned off on Thursday, July 26, to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.

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Time running out to support medical exemption

The FAA opened its official comment period June 12 for an exemption to third class medical certificate regulations filed jointly by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Supporters have only 20 days — until July 2 — to submit comments, according to a report at AOPA.org. “We urge those who have not commented on our exemption request to do so within the 20-day timeframe, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more possibilities to participate in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard,” said Robert Hackman, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “Now is the time to make your voice heard on this important initiative.”

Flying to Oshkosh?

Are you flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture this year? EAA has a new set of videos that can help pilots — whether they are first-timers or experienced attendees — who are planning to fly to Wittman Regional Airport for the convention this year. The videos show “real world” examples of the VFR Fisk Arrival, including approach routes to both major Oshkosh runways, a go-around, and a VFR departure.