The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) recently recognized Rick Rahim of Great Falls, Richard Largent of Stephens City, and William Bryant of Woodlawn with Top Eagle awards for their participation in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program.
The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give children, ages 8-17, an opportunity to go flying in general aviation aircraft. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.
Over this past year, in the Commonwealth of Virginia alone, 103 pilots gave 1,484 young people an introduction to aviation through the program. Rahim topped the list with 105 Young Eagles flown, Largent came in second with 82 flights and Bryant came in third place, flying 70 Young Eagles.
The Young Eagles Program has counted more than 1.4 million flights since the program’s beginning. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 countries and have been flown by more than 41,000 volunteer pilots.