Young Eagles Day Set For June 11

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About 150 EAA chapters around the country will host Young Eagles Day events on Saturday, June 11, EAA said this week. The annual event, which launched in 1994, is a "chance to focus on the program and share the freedom to fly with a new generation," said EAA President Rod Hightower. Many EAA members independently offer Young Eagles flights for youngsters all year round; so far the program has provided more than 1.6 million free introductory flights worldwide. Local events can be searched via the EAA website; just enter your zip code or airport ID to find an event near you.

Pilots who want to volunteer to fly with Young Eagles must be EAA members. Others are welcome to help out in various capacities at the events, from teaching introductory aviation classes to helping with registration and logistics. Young Eagles can go on to participate in EAA's Flight Plan activities, which include free access to Sporty's Online Pilot Training Course, a free flight lesson, and reimbursement for the costs of a successful FAA written test. Young Eagles also are eligible for more than $300,000 in scholarships and awards each year.