Young Eagles Flight Rally Scheduled
CLEARWATER - Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, June 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark (1000 N. Hercules Avenue, Clearwater.)
The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
"Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," said Ed Dolezal, spokesman for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the web at www.youngeagles.org.
Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include a tour of the chapter's hangar where aircraft building projects are on display.
Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people. The Young Eagles will receive their first Log Book, which will give them free online access to the written portion of the private pilot flight training.
Children attending the flight rally must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and are asked come to the registration desk at the airport's main office, starting at 8:30 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration closing at 11:30 a.m. If inclement weather is forecast for Saturday, a cancellation notice will be posted on the chapter's website, www.eaa282.org, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11.
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