The start of our 2018 Young Eagle Season is just a few days away.
We are all thinking fair skies and warm weather right now, and the start of the 2018 Young Eagle season is not that far off. We are looking forward to another fantastic season. Our first rally is Saturday, April 14th at 0900 at the Illinois Aviation Museum. As far as last minute information goes, our Facebook page will be the best source for updates (weather, etc). We are also using our Twitter feed: “EAAChapter461” to post last minute information. So, please tell your friends and we will see you in April !
Overview of the Program:
The EAA Young Eagles program was started in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to experience the joy of flight in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992 more than 2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program, from 90 different countries, having been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.
Kids aged 8 through 17 fly free with our group of volunteer pilots and ground crew. We start at 9:00 am and fly until 12:00 pm. There is no need to pre-register, it is done onsite. Parents (or Guardian) have to be present to sign the registration forms. Toward the bottom of the page are some links to additional information and a link to contact our Young Eagle Coordinator. See you on the flightline!
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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register for Young Eagles flights?
No advanced sign-up needed. All you have to do is show up the day of the Young Eagles Rally event and complete the registration form.
How many passengers are permitted on a flight?
Depends on the size of the plane. Some are only 2 place therefore the number of passengers would be limited to 1. Many are 4 place and a couple are 6 place. However, the maximum limit to the number of passengers is 3 for our Young Eagles flights.
Would a parent be permitted to fly along?
Only as an exception on very rare occasions, such as when a Special Needs child requires the accompaniment of his/her care giver. We have found that most children benefit the most when not accompanied by another adult and the pilot can concentrate on the Young Eagles.
What aircraft will be used?
Our Chapter members own and fly a very wide variety of aircraft. There is no guarantee that any specific plane will be available at any specific event. The aircraft range from 2 to 6 seats. Almost all are single engine aircraft, though on occasion there may be a twin engine aircraft flying. Sometimes we are fortunate to have a 4 place helicopter. That aircraft is always popular.
How can I find out if the flight is cancelled due to weather?
Check the website, our twitter account and facebook page. We try to post as soon as possible the status of the event whenever it changes. This would include rescheduling, cancellation, delay and so on. However, due to the accuracy (or the lack thereof) of weather forecasts, the variation in local weather conditions and conditions specific to Clow Airport, we try not to make these decisions very far in advance. We try our best to conduct flight operations to avoid the obvious disappointments; however, safety is always our primary concern, followed closely by the comfort and enjoyment of our Young Eagles passengers.
Is it possible to bring a group of 8 – 10?
Yes, properly chaperoned groups are always welcome. Keep in mind, however, that registration forms must be signed by parent or guardian at the event, or arrangements must be made to have the forms signed ahead of time if the parent or guardian is not going to accompany the child.
For more information and to gain a better understanding of EAA’s Young Eagles program, please click on the following links. You can also reach the National Young Eagles website by clicking on the logo.
If you have any further questions, please contact our local Coordinator: Young Eagles Info