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Young Eagles Day is June 12

Young Eagles Day is slated to return Saturday, June 12, after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  At local airports throughout North America, EAA chapters and member volunteers will provide young people ages 8-17 the opportunity to experience a flight in light aircraft at no cost.

Since the 1992 launch of the Young Eagles program, more than 2.2 million youth have taken to the skies, many for the first time in their lives.  EAA reports that thousands of those Young Eagles have gone on to become professional and recreational pilots, air traffic controllers and aviation technicians, and to launch other careers in aerospace.

Young Eagles program chairman and veteran airshow performer Sean D. Tucker is leading the charge to inspire youth to become involved in aviation.  Young Eagle flights often are conducted as part of EAA chapter activities, so the participants are also able to meet and talk with aircraft builders, restorers, and other pilots and instructors, Tucker said.  And he notes that a Young Eagle event can be an enriching experience for the whole family.

EAA CEO Jack Pelton called the resumption of the annual Young Eagle Day event “restart point” for the program as COVID-19 restrictions are winding down. “One thing that never faltered [during the pandemic],” he said, “was the enthusiasm of our volunteer pilots and ground support teams, who are eager to introduce kids to the possibilities of flight, once again.”