Since 1992, EAA members have provided more than 1.5 million Young Eagles with an introductory flight in a general aviation aircraft. During the past 18 months, EAA, with support from individuals and the aviation industry, has been building a “Flight Plan” to assist interested Young Eagles in earning a pilot certificate. The next element of the Flight Plan, which can provide a Young Eagle with their first flight lesson, was launched this week.
“Last year, we were proud to offer all Young Eagles their own pilot logbook and free access to Sporty’s Complete on line Pilot Training Course,” said Young Eagles co-chairman Jeff Skiles. “More than 3,000 Young Eagles have already enrolled in the course and several have taken or soon will be ready to take their flight test and earn a pilot certificate. With the addition of the First Flight Lesson, we continue to build on the enthusiasm shown by these Young Eagles and help them continue their journey toward a certificate.”
To be eligible for the First Flight Lesson, a Young Eagle must enroll in the Sporty’s Complete on line Pilot Training Course, finish Part I of the course and be over the age of 14. Once this goal is met, EAA will notify participants, via email, that they are eligible for a flight lesson. After a parental consent form is returned, EAA will issue a voucher that can be redeemed at a local flight school of the participant’s choice.
“This program will be instrumental in helping thousands of young people acquire the skills they need to become pilots. I had the privilege of meeting some Young Eagles this past Saturday on International Young Eagles Day and was inspired by their determination to make their dreams a reality,” Said Capt. Sully Sullenberger, Young Eagles co-chairman. “I am proud to be a part of an organization that gives prospective aviators the opportunity to pursue their passion.”
“Through the EAA Flight Plan, we are working to eliminate barriers that may stand between a Young Eagle and the cockpit,” Skiles added. “The First Flight Lesson provides a Young Eagle with actual flight training experience and makes real the lessons they have been learning through the online training course.”
For more information: YoungEagles.org/Lesson