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 1.5 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally. Pilots hope to build one-to-one relationships between themselves 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 may include information booths for the Aviation Explorers, 99s (an organization of women pilots), and Ivy Tech State College.
Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.
Those attending the flight rally on May 8 are asked to come to the main hanger, starting at 10:00 a.m. to register for their flight. Registration closes about 12:00 noon. Flights will begin at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org. The EAA Chapter 2 web page is www.eaa2.org.