Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, July 19, 2014, as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1378 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Smithville Municipal Airport.
The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles program, created for the purpose of introducing young people to aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.9 million young people residing in more than 90 countries.
“The airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said David Teter, Young Eagles Coordinator and spokesman for the event. “We hope to build upon the one-on-one relationships established between the pilots and each Young Eagle, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes fly and how pilots keep safety as the prime concern during every phase of every flight. Each Young Eagle flight will last approximately twenty minutes.
Following the flight each participant will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child for this great opportunity, please contact David Teter, the Young Eagles Program Coordinator at 931-261-3442 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Registration will close when twenty-five “Young Eagles” are registered. There is no cost for the ride. There will be no on-site registration the day of the event. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the event but will not fly with the Young Eagle. In the event of rain or thunderstorms, the Rally will be cancelled. General information about this Young Eagles Flight Rally is also available by contacting Wes Nokes, the airport manager, at 615-597-4940.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org.