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Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.

It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.

Today, more than 2 million young people have enjoyed a free introductory flight through the Young Eagles program. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.


SIGN UP YOUR CHILD FOR A FLIGHT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!

Flights are on a first come, first served basis, and subject to weather and pilot/plane availability.

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YOUR FLIGHT EXPERIENCE

Here’s how your flight will go:

  1. On the ground
    Your pilot explains what will happen during the flight. You may talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (or map), and complete a careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane.

  2. Just before takeoff
    Your pilot explains the interior of the airplane, including the operation of the aircraft door, safety belts, and instrument panel.

  3. In the air
    The flight lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. And, if you want, your pilot may let you take the controls!

  4. Back on the ground
    There’s more time for you to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot is happy to tell you more about flying and his or her particular airplane.

You also get an official Young Eagles logbook with a personal code to activate your free EAA Student Membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.