What is it like to fly in a small plane and look down at your hometown?
Some kids in Northwest Arkansas have discovered that thrill through the Young Eagles® flight introduction program. Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles® program has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 the experience of a lifetime. Hosted by the members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Young Eagles events introduce kids like you to flying and maybe even a career in aviation. Kids learn the basics of flight then get a free airplane ride in a small plane. Pilots volunteer their time and aircraft for the events.
The Northwest Arkansas chapter of the EAA has provided more than 3,000 flights for local kids through the Young Eagles® program.
After a child’s Young Eagles® flight, he or she will get a free EAA membership, access to an online flight course and, at age 13, a flight lesson. At age 16, the child is eligible for a student pilot certificate and can begin flying solo, making it possible to log hours while still in high school.
Besides being a pilot, there are many other jobs in aviation: accident investigators, air traffic controllers, planners, designers and more!
Girl Scouts Madison Smith (front seat), Kharma Beck, & Karen Smith said their flight with the Young Eagles Program was great. First, the EAA Members spoke with the girls about the history of aviation. They explained the basic principles of flight and shared their love of aviation and their pilot experiences. Then the girls were paired with experienced pilots who took them up for a short flight. Older kids are given the opportunity to take the controls for a bit at the discretion of their instructor.
Get more information and book your Young Eagles® adventure by visiting: eaa732.org, or by calling (479) 409-6920.