Youth Aviation Education Program Hits Huge Milestone
The Young Eagles reached 2.2 million flights with young people in January 2020.
The Young Eagles began in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as a program designed for kids to learn more about aviation, starting with their first free ride in an airplane. This program is the only one of its kind offering a free flight with the goal of inspiring young people to learn more and pursue a passion for aviation.
“As we reach each of these milestones, it’s a further credit to the dedication of the EAA-member pilots and volunteers who have committed their time and aircraft to bringing young people into aviation,” said EAA CEO Jack Pelton. “The success of Young Eagles means thousands of todays under-40 pilots—both professional and recreational—can trace their personal journey back to that first flight with a Young Eagles pilot.”
The offer to take young people up in a free airplane ride is an introduction to aviation and the first step towards pursuing a passion in aviation. Sporty’s online Learn to Fly course is available to all Young Eagles and has more than 75,000 enrolled. EAA also offers a Ray Aviation Scholarship every year that covers the cost of full flight training.
It’s amazing to see young people experiencing how amazing aviation is and discovering a passion that will continue for decades. If you’re interested in volunteering with EAA chapters that are located all over the world, check out their website here. Join the over 50,000 EAA member-pilots who donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to inspire young people.
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