EAA Chapter 734 will be offering FREE airplane rides to area youth ages 8-17 Saturday, October 22 at the Carroll County Airport. The kids will see McKenzie or Huntingdon from the sky. These free flights are part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program designed to interest young people in aviation.
Volunteer pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) have introduced more than two million youth to aviation through free flights since 1992. The local chapter has flown over two thousand smiling kids, sent a few kids to camp, and provided flying scholarships to several teens. Several of our teenaged EAA members have earned there Pilot’s Certificates. A couple have gone on to become flight instructors and airline pilots. One teen is currently building his own aircraft that he hopes to fly before he graduates high school. It all starts with a Young Eagles flight and a big smile.
The Young Eagles rally on October 22 will be at the Carroll County Airport on Highway 22 between McKenzie and Huntingdon. Registration and flights will be between 12 noon and 4 pm. Prospective Young Eagles should be from 8 through 17 years old and will need a parent or legal guardian to sign the registration form (the adult will not be flying). They will be given a log book of their own with this flight entered and room for more. The back of the log book has information on learning more about being a pilot and how to earn a free flight lesson. Additional information is available on Chapter 734’s website at www.734.eaachapter.org.