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Come Fly With the Young Eagles!

The Young Eagles offer free rides to peeps aged 8-17.
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You're high up in the sky, you're soaring at 500 mph, the wind is in your hair... ok, there's no wind flying through your hair, but your head will definitely be in the clouds. Take a ride with the Young Eagles and view the world at racing speeds!

Young Eagles - The Flight Experience

If your goals include learning how to kickflip, winning the lottery and flying an airplane, then look no further than the Young Eagles, cuz they can make at least one of your dreams come true! The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) launched the Young Eagles program to introduce young peeps to the world of aviation, especially by taking them on an awesome airplane ride. So far, 1.1 million kids and teens from all over the world have taken to the skies in helicopters and fighter jets and everything inbetween! The flights are conducted by a licensed pilot, are free of charge and last about 20 minutes. Before take-off, you'll get a cool tour of the plane and learn how everything works, and receive an offical Young Eagles certificate upon landing. Oh, did we mention the flights are free?

Young Eagles - A Career in Aviation

If you're interested in a career in aviation, then joining the Young Eagles program is the first step in the right direction. Here's just a few of the fields that you can head into!
  • Pilots - Flying for a living - does it get any cooler? With the right license, training and certification, you could be a major airline pilot, a helicopter pilot or a pilot instructor.
  • Aircraft Manufacturing - From Boeings to Cessnas, you could build the airplanes of tomorrow!
  • Airlines - An airline career isn't limited to pilots and flight attendants. You can work as a ticket agent, flight dispatcher, cargo handler, ground attendant or sky cap (someone who helps passengers with their luggage). The list goes on and on.
  • Young Eagles - Did U Know?

  • Harrison Ford, AKA Indiana Jones, is an experienced pilot and the chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program.
  • One of the many programs offered by EAA is Kidventure. You'll get to participate in dozens of aviation activities like making a model rocket, trying out one of the flight simulators and meeting famous pilots!
  • You can start flight training at any age, but you have to be at least 16 to solo a powered airplane, and 17 to receive your Private Pilot certificate.
  • To get your certificate, you need a minimum of 40 hours of training (20 with a trainer and 20 solo), but most peeps take 60-80 hours.
  • To go for a high-flying ride with the Young Eagles, drop them an email at youngeagles@eaa.org and they'll find a volunteer pilot near you. Head to the offical Young Eagles website to get all the 411!

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    dragonsoul99 wrote:

    I really want to take pilot lessons when i get a little older but it costs so much! :\
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