5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

Larry Durst flew his 5,000th Young Eagle on June 7: Cole Brecht, 12 (far right) of Looking Glass, Ore. Also (l-r): Young Eagles Jesse Brecht, 10, and Lily Creekmore, 11.

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.

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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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