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EAA headquarters - April 23, 2009 – EAA and Sporty’s Pilot Shop today announced a partnership to enhance the EAA Young Eagles Program. Through this partnership, young people who receive a Young Eagles flight will also receive the tools they’ll need to take the next steps in pursuing their interest in aviation from Sporty’s.
Upon completion of a flight, the Young Eagle will receive a logbook for recording this and subsequent aviation experiences. In addition, they will also receive an access code to the Sporty’s Online Complete Pilot Training Course. Both the logbook and the entire flight training course will be free of charge to Young Eagles.
“EAA members who fly 80,000—100,000 kids every year have been asking for a way to follow up with those kids who are inspired to further explore aviation,” said EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny. “Sporty’s has now opened the door of opportunity to those young people and, in so doing, has demonstrated a commitment to cultivating the next generation of aviation enthusiasts and achievers.”
According to Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, this partnership sprung out of a desire to “move Young Eagles from the right seat to the left seat,” and to give the children and their parents a clear direction for such an achievement.
“How many parents know their child may take flying lessons at any age? How many know their child may solo an airplane at just 16 years of age, and a glider at 14? And how many parents understand the lifetime opportunities that open up for their children through a passion for flight?” Shevers said.
The online training is designed to provide more than just a start, and more than just ground school. “Our course guarantees that a motivated student will pass the written, oral, and flight tests,” Shevers said.
Poberezny shares Shevers’ enthusiasm about the prospects for inspired Young Eagles to move forward. “This solid instructional program, combined with the encouragement and mentoring that these young people will receive from the EAA community, will give Young Eagles a boost in fulfilling their aviation dreams,” Poberezny said.
Young Eagle volunteers begin receiving logbooks with their regular program supply orders. Logbooks may also be ordered through the Young Eagles online order form.
Young Eagle volunteers are also encouraged to visit our FAQ page for more information on the program.
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An EAA Chapter member holds a sample of the new Young Eagles logbook created through a new partnership with Sporty’s Pilot Shop. In addition, Young Eagles will now have access to Sporty’s Online Complete Pilot Training Course. Both are offered free of charge.
EAA chairman and president Tom Poberezny talks with EAA members gathered at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In held in Lakeland, Fla.
Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop discusses the new partnership with Young Eagles and his desire to help EAA members inspire a new generation of pilots.
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