Every year, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight. Receiving the 2014 honor will be the Young Eagles Program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Hall of Fame aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker is beginning to settle in as the new chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program.
OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.
Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.
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.
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Aircraft Spruce and Peachtree City’s Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field will host local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) members who will provide school-age children with an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field on Saturday, Nov 3, Noon-4 p.m.
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
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.