1.7 million Young Eagles and counting…

It’s an impressive number: Since its founding in 1992, more than 1.76 million kids have flown as Young Eagles — a number that’s growing even as you read this.

The premise is simple: Introduce kids to aviation through a flight in a general aviation aircraft and — hopefully — inspire the next generation of pilots. And it’s working.

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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

Indiana couple’s ‘persistent mission’ to get kids flying

David, Laramie Resler - 2012 P66 Aviation Leadership Winners 2

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Don’t tell David and Laramie Resler that America’s young people aren’t interested in general aviation. The Indiana couple – winners of the 2012 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award – is on a persistent mission to get kids and their parents interested in flying.

The Reslers have personally introduced 700 kids to the wonders of flying in their white Piper Cherokee 180,  while leading their EAA chapter efforts to send nearly 3,400 Young Eagles into the skies.

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Sporty’s, EAA working on ‘What’s Next’

At an EAA chapter leadership ice cream social at the end of the first day of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, EAA‘s Tom Poberenzy and Sporty’s Hal Shever’s informally introduced a joint effort to help Young Eagle‘s flight recipient’s take a next step. Details will be provided at a Thursday press conference, but in general, all kids who take a Young Eagles flight will receive a log book and be enrolled in an online ground school free of charge from Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Stay tuned for more details.