EAA Young Eagles will soon be able to stay connected to the aviation world and enjoy a variety of benefits at no cost through the EAA Student Membership. Scheduled to be available in late October 2010, the EAA Student Membership is supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is available free of charge to all Young Eagles. It is valid until the individual’s 19th birthday.
The EAA Student Membership is the next element of a “Flight Plan” assisting interested EAA Young Eagles in earning a pilot certificate, according to EAA officials.
“Thanks to Embry-Riddle’s support, the EAA Student Membership will provide Young Eagles with the tools and information to help their aviation pursuits flourish,” said Brian O’Lena, EAA youth programs manager.
The membership includes the online edition of Sport Aviation magazine, e-newsletter subscriptions covering a variety of aviation interests, EAA member discounts to AirVenture as well as SportAir Workshops, unlimited free admission to EAA AirVenture Museum, and access to a members-only website that features more than 50 years of aviation information, plus much more.
Current Young Eagles will be notified when registration for the EAA Student Membership is open.
Since 1992, EAA members have provided more than 1.5 million Young Eagles ages 8-17 with an introductory flight experience in a general aviation aircraft. During the past 18 months, EAA, with support from individuals and the aviation industry, has begun building a “Flight Plan” to assist interested Young Eagles in earning a pilot certificate.
“Through the Flight Plan, we are building the next generation of aviation by working to eliminate barriers that may stand between a Young Eagle and the cockpit,” O’Lena said. “A young person can take that initial spark of curiosity from the Young Eagles program and pursue a direct path toward their own aviation participation.”
Last year, EAA and Sporty’s Pilot Shop began a partnership that gives Young Eagles free access to Sporty’s Online Pilot Training Course upon completion of their first Young Eagles flight. In June 2010, the First Flight Lesson program was added to the Flight Plan. EAA continues to explore other opportunities for additions to the Flight Plan so more Young Eagles can pursue aviation.