The Young Eagles Mission

The mission of the National EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagle's Program is to provide a motivational aviation experience to youths wishing to participate, focusing on a demonstration flight.

The Young Eagles Goal

Our goal is to reach 1 million young people (nationwide) by the year 2003: The 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of EAA. Please note:
For all rallies, participants must be registered no later than 10am the morning of the rally

General Young Eagle Information

Please contact Karl Lewis, our Young Eagles Coordinator.
(661) 718-8758

What Will My Flight be Like?

You will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Like an eagle, you will soar among the clouds and understand the many possibilities that flight - and life in general - have to offer. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. You will, too!

Who Pays?

The Young Eagles Program is all volunteer, and all Young Eagles flights are provided free of charge! National EAA provides the local chapters with all paperwork necessary to carry out a rally. Funding for these materials comes from dues paid by all EAA members. Each pilot pays for 100% of his or her operating costs. Thanks go to all the pilots and volunteers that make this program an enormous success.

How Safe is Flying?

Flying in an airplane is safer than many other forms of recreation. Each Eagle Flight takes place in an FAA registered airplane by a licensed pilot. The flight is conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic or non-standard flown maneuvers will be performed. In addition, our local pilots (Chapter 1000 & 49) must participate in a preflight safety briefing prior to each rally.

A Few Rules

Eagle Flight candidates wishing to participate must be between the ages of 8 and 17 and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also, each candidate's parent or guardian must fill out a registration form available only the day of the rally. You don't have to show up early as flight preparations take some time to get underway. Every attempt will be made to fly all youths who want to fly. Please ensure each candidate is properly dressed (bring a jacket as its usually cold in the morning on the flight-line).

After your flight, each Young Eagle will receive a certificate suitable for framing to commemorate the experience.

Young Eagles Certificate

Millions of people fly safely in airplanes every year. However, an airport is not a playground. Listen and follow instructions given by the ground crew and pilots. Listen carefully for instructions on entering and exiting the airplane, do not touch any part of an airplane without the pilots permission and stay away from the propellers.

Come on out to have fun!

Remember, the EAA National Young Eagles Program is all volunteer! Both pilots and ground crew are donating all their time and efforts to make this program a success. We do this because we really love airplanes and flying, and we want to share this adventure with the youth of the Antelope Valley. Thank you for your support!

A message from Chuck Yeager, Honorary Chairman, Young Eagles Steering Committee 

Retired General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. A World War II "ace" with more than 14,000 hours of flight experience, General Yeager attributes personal achievement to having high goals as a young person: "My beginnings back in West Virginia tell who I am to this day. Mom and Dad taught by example. Whatever I did, I determined to do the best I could at it. Through the Young Eagles Program, kids can learn to set high goals in all walks of life." 

General Yeager 

Picture Pages from Previous Rallies

Eagle Flight Flying Facts

EAA National Young Eagles Homepage

Information for Young Eagles Flight Leaders

Download Young Eagles Flight Certificate Printer for Windows Version 3.2. - Works with Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98 to print professional looking Young Eagles Flight Certificates

Read the Antelope Valley Press Front Page Article about Young Eagles

Also the Antelope Valley Press coverage of our March 1997 Young Eagles Rally

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Revised -- 5 December 2005